In 2015, LAPS began a pilot Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project in partnership with local cat rescue group, TinyKittens. Through this initial project, LAPS and TinyKittens documented, spayed/neutered, and provided daily care for a feral cat colony of more than 200 cats in rural Langley.
Since launching the project, LAPS has seven TNR projects underway in the community.
The goal of our TNR projects — to spay and neuter as many cats and kittens as possible; reducing the number of unwanted kittens born in the colony and help to stabilize the adult population.
The process — our volunteers monitor, document, trap, and return cats from each feral colony. After being checked by our veterinary partners, cats can be:
- Returned to the property
- Adopted into barn homes
- Adopted as pets, depending on their response to human interaction
With each cat or kitten, we strive to make the best decision possible based on the needs of each individual cat.
To date, we have spayed or neutered more than 200 cats and kittens and adopted 122 into loving furever homes.
Our volunteers and staff have logged more than 3,000 hours caring for cats from the TNR colonies.
Why is a TNR program important? Currently, there are roughly 22,000 feral and free-living cats in the City and Township of Langley — most of them unaltered. Approximately 25 percent of cats in households are also not spayed or neutered, adding another 6,000 cats living and adding to the cat population in Langley.
How you can help. Cat overpopulation is a community problem. And, it will take the community’s help to solve. To do our part, we offer free and spay and neuter certificates to Langley residents who cannot 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 contact us. Proof of Langley residency required.
Support for our TNR and spay/neuter program is made possible through the generous support of our donors. We also recognize and thank the Township of Langley for their continued support of our TNR work through their 2017 Community Grant.