Not only did this year’s LAPS gala sell out a month before the Furry Tail endings event took place, a record $91,000 was raised to help Langley’s animals on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Cascades Casino ballroom.
Now in its 10th year, the gala drew 450 guests who, by attending, funded 455 furry tail endings.
“We are blown away by the generosity of our community, how many of our friends — near and far — joined us to celebrate and raise money for animals, and the stories that we had the honour of sharing of lives changed in our community,” said LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson on the LAPS Facebook page.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your amazing generosity through donations, auction items, attending, volunteering, and getting the word out about this important fundraising event.”
From a yearly kitten round-up, to free spray and neuter events, and special dog training with every adoption, LAPS is always thinking outside the box in ways to help cats and dogs best.
It’s that kind of compassion and care that has earned LAPS international attention, with financial donations coming from people across the world as far as Japan and as close as Washington state.
With the foundation poured, Nelson and the team at LAPS are looking forward to the opening of the cat and kitten isolation facility on site.
LAPS has been fundraising for the new building for the past two years.
Cat overpopulation in Langley is a serious problem and that’s why the ISOasis is necessary.
With an influx of kittens comes ringworm and a host of other health issues that are best dealt with in a stand-alone building that has isolation rooms, medical rooms, etc. Forty or more cats will be able to be housed in the new ISOasis, she said.