In early 2015, LAPS began a pilot Trap-Neuter-Return to Field project in partnership with TinyKittens. We are documenting, spaying/neutering, and providing daily care for a colony of over 200 cats in rural Langley, with TinyKittens doing the bulk of the field work and LAPS doing the majority of the sheltering. Our goal is to spay and neuter as many cats and kittens as possible, reducing the number of unwanted kittens born in the colony and stabilizing the adult population. After they are spayed or neutered, cats are either returned to the property, adopted into barn homes or adopted as pets depending on how they respond to human interaction. We strive to make the best decisions possible based on the needs of each individual cat.
To date, we have spayed or neutered 120 cats and kittens, 40 of which have been adopted. The remainder have been returned to their family at the colony. LAPS staff have spent over 1500 hours caring for cats from the colony in the shelter and volunteers from LAPS and Tinykittens have spent over 1600 hours feeding and documenting cats at the property and transporting trapped cats to and from the shelter.
Currently, there are roughly 22,000 feral and free-living cats in the City and Township of Langley and most of them are unaltered. Approximately 25% of owned cats are also not spayed or neutered, which adds up to another 6,000 cats living and reproducing in Langley. Cat overpopulation is a community problem which will take the whole community’s help to solve. To do our part, we offer free and spay and neuter certificates to Langley residents. Every year we use donation dollars to purchase 240 cat spay and neuter certificates, which are available to residents of Langley who can’t afford to spay or neuter their pet. If you need a spay or neuter certificate for your cat or for a feral cat that you have caught, please stop by the Patti Dale Animal Shelter or call us at 604-857-5055. Proof that you are a Langley resident is required.
We recognize and thank the Township of Langley for their support of this important work through their 2016 Community Grant.