Celebrating success stories

Thanks to the work of LAPS staff and donations from the public, this sixth-month-old Chihuahua is recovering from broken bones -
Thanks to the work of LAPS staff and donations from the public, this sixth-month-old Chihuahua is recovering from broken bones
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Many of our four-legged friends depend on us, for food and shelter and other necessities of life.

The Langley animal shelter, run by the Langley Animal Protection Society, spends more than $60,000 a year on animal care, all of the money coming from donations.

On Oct. 29, LAPS will be hosting its fourth gala to not only raise money, but to celebrate the success stories that happen, thanks to the public’s generosity.

This year, LAPS hopes to raise $55,000 so that it can continue to provide care for Langley’s stray, lost and unwanted dogs and cats — and there are plenty of them. Each year, LAPS cares for approximately 1,000 dogs, 300 cats and 200 livestock animals, said LAPS general manager, Sean Baker.

Part of the funds raised on gala nights are directed to the medical fund and part to current projects that benefit animal health and welfare, he said.

For example, in 2009 LAPS built sun and rain shelters in its exercise yards at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter at 26220 56 Ave., and last year renovated its cat cottage to provide heat, ventilation, insulation and an exercise area.

This project is almost complete, and a grand opening is planned for the week of Oct. 11.

“For 2011, we are raising funds to build a dog training and exercise facility on site (and) to make this dream a reality, we need to raise $100,000,” Baker said.

The gala will be held at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, large enough to host the anticipated 400 guests. The night will have a masquerade theme and will include dinner, and live and silent auctions. Aaron Pritchett, the well-known country music artist, will perform and be the evening’s host.

Tickets are $75 each, the price rising to $100 after Oct. 17. They can be purchased by phone at 604-857-5055, or in person at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.

Another LAPS money-raising initiative is the $5,000 Build Your Dream Vacation lottery. Offered for the first time, LAPS has printed only 2,000 tickets, “so the odds are really good,” Baker said.

Tickets are one for $20, three for $50 and 10 for $100. Tickets can be ordered by phone or in person at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.

Baker stressed that the real focus of the event is the happy endings that LAPS staff have created. The “Furry Tail Endings” focus on animals like a six-month-old Chihuahua which came to LAPS with a broken leg and broken jaw about at the beginning of September.

“Unfortunately, the injuries were not recent and he had probably been suffering for three to four weeks,” Baker said, adding that the pup’s face was infected and its foot had swollen to several times its normal size.

“With the help of the Shewan Foundation, we were able to provide the two surgeries needed to repair the leg and the jaw. He isn’t out of the woods yet, but we are confident that he will be another ‘Furry Tail Ending,’ “ he added.

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