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Donation helps LAPS establish medical fund

Since 2003, the Langley Animal Protection Society has provided animal control services to both the City and Township. A non-profit society, it is dedicated to caring for Langley’s stray, lost and unwanted animals.

Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Shewan Foundation, LAPS recently established its first designated medical fund which will help pay for unexpected medical procedures for dogs and cats.

LAPS general manager Sean Baker said that after spending an average of $60,000 a year on vet visits, little is left for surgical procedures.

“Our animals are blessed to receive this support,”  Baker said.

“Langley is a very generous community and we receive support from many faithful donors, but a donation of this size is significant to our organization,” Baker said.

The new fund has already benefited some of the shelter animals, such as Little Foot, a six-month-old Chihuahua which recently arrived at LAPS in very poor health. He had a fractured foot, shattered jaw and a large puncture wound on the side of his face. The Shewan Foundation’s donation provided the funds for surgery to repair Little Foot’s broken foot and will cover the costs associated with a second surgery on his injured jaw.

“Our hope is to help those that need it the most, like Little Foot,” said Baker.

The donation also helped pay for surgery to repair the broken hind leg of a young cat, Agustina.

The Shewan Foundation also gave $2,500 to boost the current LAPS spay and neuter program, which provides free vouchers to members of the community who can’t afford to alter their cats.

The foundation’s donation was well timed with the kickoff of the LAPS fourth annual Fall Gala, the Furry Tail Endings: the Shewan family has also sponsored two tables for LAPS’s Oct. 29 gala, bringing their contribution to almost $15,000.

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