Flora and fauna will come together as a Langley plant nursery supports the community's shelter for dogs and cats.
Cedar Rim Nursery is hosting The Dog Dayz of Summer, a Mexican fiesta in support of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) on Aug. 9. Jayne Nelson, animal welfare manager at LAPS, was brainstorming Mexican drinks for the event this week, but took time to talk about the party and the animals it will help.
Cedar Rim has been a longtime supporter of LAPS, she said. They have donated items to past gala fundraisers, but this year they offered to host a party of their own to help the shelter.
The nursery will clear out its greenhouse and fill it with tables and palm trees, and host the dinner, dancing, and silent auction.
The event will be a relatively small fundraiser, with just 150 tickets up for grabs. Cedar Rim is donating thousands of dollars worth of plants and garden equipment for the silent auction that will accompany the event, said Nelson.
The money will go towards supporting some of the approximately 52 cats and 18 dogs currently housed in the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove.
LAPS runs a no-kill policy at its shelter, and adopts out every animal that arrives.
One of those animals is Scout, a small grey-and-white dog with curly fur.
Shy but friendly, Scout was found alone and lost in Langley, emaciated and filthy. He has been slowly gaining weight and is getting back to a healthy size, said Nelson.
LAPS sees a wide variety of dogs and cats come through its doors, from the kittens that are flooding in right now, to large mastiffs and pit bulls, to small-and mediumsized dogs.
Dogs may be seized from their owners, but most are simply found wandering in rural or suburban areas. Those with collars and licenses are usually quickly reunited with their owners, but others have no one to claim them, and must be adopted.
The Dog Dayz of Summer will be held Aug. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Rim, with casual attire.
Tickets are $30 per person and can be bought at Cedar Rim or LAPS Patti Dale Animal Shelter in person, or call 604-888-4491 or 604-857-5055.
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