UPDATE: Mama Taylor had 5 beautiful baby boys this morning! The contest is now closed and we will be notifying the winners and announcing names shortly. You can donate to Taylor and her kittens at any time at www.lapsbc.ca/donate.

Tune in for ‪#‎kittenTaylor Swiftwatch‬! Our lovely, young mama-to-be, Taylor Swift, appears to be in pre-labour and we’re waiting anxiously for her babies. You can wait and watch with us at http://livestream.com/tinykittens/ts.

And while you’re waiting , you can keep reading to learn more about Taylor and enter to win a chance to name one of her babies!

This beautiful girl is around 8 months old and is just a kitten herself. She and her sister were found living under a bush on a property in Langley and when the finder realized that Taylor was pregnant she scooped her up and brought her to LAPS. Sadly, Taylor’s sister wasn’t caught but we’re hoping she’ll return to the property so we can help her, too.

Taylor is now safe and happy in the home of LAPS staffer, Kayla, where she will stay until her babies are old enough to be weaned and find forever homes. Hang out with her 24/7 at http://livestream.com/tinykittens/ts.

If you’d like a chance to name one of Taylor’s babies, go to www.lapsbc.ca/donate, click “Donate Online Now” and select “Taylor Swift Litter Naming Contest!” from the drop down menu. Here’s how it will work:

1. The person who makes the largest donation will win naming rights for the first born kitten!
2. The person with the second largest donation will get to name the second kitten.
3. Naming rights for the remaining three kittens will be selected randomly from among the contest participants.

The only rules are that names have to be Taylor Swift-themed and can’t be taken by an animal already in our care. The contest is open until the last kitten is born and winners will be notified via email.

Every contribution helps, no matter how big or small! All proceeds from this contest will help pay vet bills and other expenses and allow us to keep helping cats like Taylor Swift. We couldn’t do it without you!

20638 - Margaery (2)We’re incredibly excited to announce our first ever “Kitten Palooza”, an adoption event created to find homes for some of the many kittens currently in our care. The event will be held at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter, 26220 56th Ave, Aldergrove, and at the LAPS Satellite Adoption Centre in the Abbotsford Petsmart, 1305 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, on June 27, 2015 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Kitten season is well under way and we have had record numbers of kittens dropped off at our door. We currently have almost 100 kittens in foster care with staff and volunteers and will have approxima20628 - Radar (1)tely 50 kittens available in the weeks leading up to Kitten Palooza. The first 30 people who adopt at the event will receive a kitten goodie bag and everyone who adopts on June 27 will be entered to win a grand prize (details to come). Many lovely adult cats will also be available for adoption and Angie Quaale of Well Seasoned: A Gourmet Food Store will be on site providing hot dogs and other treats by donation.

Prior to adoption, all cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tattooed, and receive their first set of vaccinations, plus de-fleaing and de-worming treatments. The adoption fee also includes a free check-up with a veterinarian within three days of adoption, six weeks of free pet insurance and a bag of premium Royal Canin food.

Anyone interested in adopting can download an application to submit for pre-approval at www.lapsbc.ca/adopt.

We 10177521_764536423576792_4673268877150407481_n - Copyhave been flooded with orphaned kittens this month, and we are in desperate need of foster parents who have experience bottle feeding tiny kittens. We need people who have successfully bottle fed at least one litter of kittens, understand what’s involved, and are prepared to care for babies every 2-3 hours around the clock. We will provide all the supplies you need. You will need to be able to bring kittens to the shelter at least once a week for checkups. All our current litters are in foster care but we’re expecting many more in the coming months.

It’s a tough gig, but very rewarding knowing you are saving little lives! If you’re able to help out, please contact Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) at (604) 857-5055 and ask for Kayla or Jayne. We are open 7 days a week between 10:30 and 5:30, and are located in Langley, BC.

Download a Foster Parent Application.

Wemed_12-Concor-102 are expecting as many as 80,000 unwanted kittens to be born this year in Langley, BC. We need your help to humanely address this problem by mapping where feral, stray and unwanted cats live. We are developing new programs to spay, neuter and care for more of these cats, and to adopt as many as we can into loving homes. We will not trap and kill these cats. Please note this is only for cats living in Langley Township/City (including Aldergrove). For more info, visit People for Happier Cats

ISOasis

The LAPS ISOasis a new isolation facility for cats that arrive at LAPS ill or injured. We are designing the space from a cat’s perspective to maximize comfort and minimize stress, while making it safer and easier for LAPS staff to care for sick cats that are contagious. This facility will allow us to help even more cats in need.

How You Can Help

What is NatioCCD15_WebBanner_bigboxnal Cupcake Day?
National Cupcake Day™ is a Canada-wide fundraiser for animal welfare, with volunteers across the country baking up a storm and raising money for animals in need. This is the first year LAPS has taken part, so now when participants register, they can choose to direct all their fundraising dollars to LAPS.

How to Host a National Cupcake Day Party
1. Register for FREE at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca.

2. Wait for your host kit to arrive in the mail or download an online version. You’ll get plenty of promotional materials for posting and distribution, plus lots of tips and tricks from fundraising pros.

3. Personalise your Online Bakery and send it out to the world. Your Online Bakery includes templates, social media tools, and suggestions for fundraising.

4. Bake cupcakes or design “virtual cupcakes”. Show off your creations to the world via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

5. Hold a National Cupcake Day party and collect donations. Encourage friends and family to support you by donating online at this saves on administration costs.

Help us make February 23rd the sweetest day of the year for Langley’s animals in need. Visit www.nationalcupcakeday.ca to register and find more information.

Do I have to bake cupcakes to support National Cupcake Day?
The main way people choose to support this event is by hosting a National Cupcake Day Party and recruiting Cupcake Party Guests to donate to join in the fun and dine on delicious cupcakes. But this is not the only way to support the event! Think about all your friends and family who live out of town. Would they donate to receive a virtual cupcake for a cause this is important to you? Or you can simply raise money through donations, or donate yourself!

This event can be as creative as you want it to be, so host cupcake competitions, come up with amazing new recipes, or whatever you can think of to help the animals!

P.S. The Early Bird Deadline is just around the corner! National Cupcake Day is Monday, February 23rd but if you register by Saturday, January 31st you will be entered to win our amazing Early Bird Prize.

Click on the first image to scroll through a collection of photos from our Kitten Roundup on July 26. Many thanks to volunteer Janet for photographing the event and creating this fun photo diary for us! Since the Roundup, many of the cats and kittens we rescued have been spayed or neutered and have found loving homes. We were pretty nervous in the days leading up to the Roundup because we’d never done anything like it before but it ended up being a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

This year LAPS staff will care for over 800 dogs. About 80% of them will go home to their families but plenty will stick around and begin the next stage of their life’s journey with us. While it’s true that we sometimes get young, healthy, highly adoptable dogs through our doors, more often than not the dogs who stay with us have a story to tell. Perhaps they have some sort of expensive medical condition or a few behavioural quirks that make them challenging to live with…we’ve seen it all!

Take ridiculously adoEdna (4)rable Edna, for example. This sweet senior Pug is a hilarious, snorty, snuggly bundle of love. She’s also great with cats and other dogs. Who wouldn’t want her?!

Her previous owner, that’s who. That’s because Edna is a bit of a medical lemon. The poor old gal is covered in itchy, thickened dark skin thanks to years of untreated allergies. She’s got massive ear infections in both ears and the smell coming off her…well, let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a small, enclosed room with her. Whew! But that’s all about to change…For the first time in years, Edna is getting proper medical attention and boy, is she feeling good! We’re fixing her up with help from Paws & Claws, one of our partner vets, and someone will be very lucky when she’s ready to find her forever family.

Money and Josh are another great example, although more on the behavioural side of things. These two gorgeous German Shepherds turn heads wherever they go and people can’t believeJosh & Money 002(1) they’re still here. They’re great dogs but they arrived at LAPS with very little life experience and in desperate need of a few doggy manners. They’ve come a long way but they’re looking for a very specific, very special home to call their own and these things take time. While they wait, their trainer Gwen is hard at work teaching them the skills they need to be great companions for their future family.

These dogs are just three examples of the many “special needs” dogs that we see. They need a little bit extra in terms of medical care or training and as a result, will often end up taking much longer to be adopted. It’s always a celebration when we wave them off with their new families and we’re extremely grateful to the people who welcome them into their lives. As I’m sure you can imagine, the longer we care for them and the more we discover their likes, dislikes and all the little quirks that make them unique and special, the harder it is to say goodbye. We’re so fortunate that we have the time, space and resources to find perfect homes for our special pooches. The follow up phone calls and emails, full of happy stories and big, doggy grins, fill our hearts and keep us going. Their original owners they might have thought they were too expensive or too much work but we know these dogs are worth every penny and every second spent on them!

This year LAPS has cared for over 30 puppies and well over 150 kittens and it’s only the beginning of August! It’s been a super busy year for us and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Last Saturday, our numbers swelled by more than 40 during our first ever Kitten Roundup, an event that allowed Langley residents to drop off unwanted kittens and pregnant moms at the shelter, no questions asked. We also gave out a bunch of free spay/neuter vouchers hopes of reducing next year’s crop of unwanted kittens. The event was born after several litters of kittens were discovered abandoned in boxes and Rubbermaid containers around Langley. We’re proud to report that (with great support from our volunteers, foster parents and from both our online and local communities) the whole thing was a huge success and deserves a post of its own (coming soon!).
While we were busy getting organized and dealing with the aftermath of a sudden influx of kittens and cats, we received a huge surprise. Tuesday morning a lovely German Shorthaired Pointer named Phoebe went to the vet for what we thought would be a routine spay. She came back to the shelter that afternoon with her uterus intact and some big news. You can probably guess what the news was…Yep, Phoebe’s pregnant! We’re not sure how many puppies are in there but she’s going back to the vet next week for an x-ray, so we’ll share any updates with you then.
Although we know we’re going to find wonderful homes for all the kittens and puppies in our care, it’s always a bit sad for us to realize just how many un-spayed and un-neutered animals are out there roaming around. The ones who come to us are lucky – they will be well cared for and loved and when the time is right, they’ll find a fantastic new family. But there are many out there who are not so fortunate and it breaks our hearts to think of the many dogs and cats who don’t receive the care they and their babies need. If you love kittens and puppies as much as we do, there is a solution…… but we need help spreading the word! One of the easiest ways for people to save the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats is to simply spay or neuter one. That’s all it takes! If you need help getting your cat or kitten spayed or neutered and live in Langley, contact LAPS. If you are not a Langley resident contact your local shelter. Many shelters have spay/neuter programs and can help you make it happen.

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Where did Rosie and her puppies come from?

Rosie was picked up as a stray in a nearby community. When she arrived at their shelter, the staff suspected she was pregnant and sent her in for x-rays. Sure enough, she was carrying nine puppies and looked like she was ready to pop any day. She had her puppies in the other shelter but they don’t have the space or resources to care for such a large litter. They contacted us to see if we could help out and just like that, we are now the proud caregivers to the lovely new family.

What breed are they?

Rosie appears to be a Lab mix but the puppies could be anything! One has brown points like a Rottweiler, so maybe dad was a Rottie  or Rottie mix. We have no way to really know but guessing is part of the fun of mixed-breed dogs!

Who’s who?

It’s tricky figuring out who’s who with so many black puppies! There are six males and three females and all the boys are black or black and white. Staffers Lneya and Spencer havPuppy namese kindly put together a poster with names and photos so everyone can put names to the ridiculously adorable faces but it can still be tough to tell if you can’t see their white patches or collars.

When were the puppies born?

May 21, 2014.

How do I adopt a puppy?

If you’re interested in adopting, please call the shelter at 604-857-5055 and ask to speak to a trainer. We are conducting interviews now and will be giving applications to suitable candidates. We will be giving out more applications than there are puppies, so filling out an application does not guarantee that you will get to adopt a puppy.

When will the puppies be going to their new homes?

The puppies will be ready to go on July 16.

Will you be setting up a live cam?

We don’t have a way to safely set up a camera in the area the puppies are living in, so we will not be doing a live cam for this litter. We’ll try to take regular videos and photos and share their development on our Facebook page and blog.