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Cupcakes and kittens, oh my!

Bake some cupcakes - help Langley
Bake some cupcakes - help Langley's animal shelter. A new fundraising initiative is out to help LAPS. These are the latest adorable kittens to be fostered by LAPS foster mom extraordinaire Shelly Roche. This picture was taken on on Valentine's Day.
— image credit: Shelly Roche photo

Cupcakes and kittens. Put these sweet things together and you have Langley Animal Protection Society's latest fundraiser.

The Langley animal shelter is asking people who love animals to host a cupcake day on Feb. 24 with proceeds going to help the local animals in need.

The idea has already taken off with more than 15 groups pledging to bake the  yummy icing topped goodies and raise $7,000.

Shelter manager Sean Baker is hoping this new initiative will help raise around $12,000 for the shelter.

He is hoping for 30 people to register. Already, LAPS was selling cupcakes at their weekend adoption event at the Abbotsford PetSmart and will be selling cupcakes at the shelter on Feb. 24.

The municipally-run shelter has been on the forefront of unique fundraising initiatives to help pay for the costs of taking in abandoned and injured cats and dogs. It is costly for vet bills, daily care, training, food and medications.

In 2013, the shelter helped 814 dogs, 345 cats and 70 livestock animals. They also provided 200 free spay and neuter vouchers to low income cat owners.

Just recently, with help from web tech savvy shelter volunteer and kitten foster mom Shelly Roche, LAPS won $5,000 in the "Shelter Challenge." That money saved 10 kittens, and now they have a chance to win $10,000 in the new round of the Challenge, which began last month. The money was the first time a Canadian shelter has won since the contest began in 2008.

So many voted for Langley that it got the local shelter an additional $1,000 last week in the Greatergood.org animal rescue challenge.

The world has tuned in by the millions to watch Roche's foster kittens romp around her house having their adorable furry  fun. A puppy cam was also set up when a pregnant dog gave birth to two of her own but took in and nursed four abandoned pups as well. All the pups and all the litters of kittens featured on the web cams have found their forever homes.

If you would like to participate in Cupcake Day at your school, work, home, field or wherever, go to lapsbc.ca or look on LAPSlangley Facebook page.

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