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World watches as kittens and mama cats surrendered to Langley shelter

Viewers from around the globe signed in to see unwanted cats and kittens brought into the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove Saturday. - Special to the Langley Advance
Viewers from around the globe signed in to see unwanted cats and kittens brought into the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove Saturday.
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More than 300 people from around the globe – including Paris – were linked in to the livestream of a day-long cat event in Langley Saturday.

Langley Animal Protection Society held its fourth annual Kitten Roundup this weekend, 10 cats and kittens in total surrendered to the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove, livestreaming the whole day.

The Kitten Roundup is a one-day project aimed at seeing unwanted pregnant or nursing mama cats, as well as any kittens under one year old, surrendered to without cost or judgment.

All of the cats and kittens that were brought into LAPS will be spayed and neutered before being adopted to “loving homes,” said executive director Jayne Nelson.

While there were upwards of 40 cats and kittens brought into the shelter last year, this year’s numbers were down, she noted.

“I guess we are just a little too early in the season for a lot of kittens,” Nelson noted. “We had a few calls from people who have very young kittens now, that can’t be separated from mama… we should see some of those in a few weeks.”

They received a total of three adult cats and seven kittens today, she told the Langley Advance.

“Four were unaltered females, who – left unaltered – would have likely produced another 25-30 kittens this year alone,”Nelson explained.

“Hopefully, these events get the word to people that we are available to help and that there is a safe place to drop of kittens or cats when people can no longer care for them,” she said.

“We met some very nice people today who seemed to genuinely want what was best for their cats and kittens. We really appreciated that they cared and loved these kitties enough to bring them to the shelter,” Nelson said.

And during quieter times she noted some of the volunteers knitted hats they’re planning to sell later in the year to help support LAPS programs, such as the Kitten Roundup.

“We are grateful to the volunteers who helped out, Nelson said. “They truly made a difference today.”

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