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‘Heroes’ step up to help animals at Langley shelter

TinyKittens will have adoptable cats at Nufloors on Saturday.

For the second year running, a sale of flooring will benefit stray, lost, and unwanted dogs and cats in Langley.

Nufloors is the latest “animal hero” coming to the aid of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) and all the pets – primarily dogs and cats – that are in care of the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove, explained executive director Sean Baker.

Nufloors will be donating $1 per square yard of its Stainmaster pet protect carpet sales during the month of September to LAPS and the TinyKitten program.

It is also hosting an adoption day at the Langley store Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 20771 Langley Bypass (next to Bunsmaster).

“We are excited to host this event at our store. It will not only allow our customers to save on the purchase of this remarkable carpet, but will provide homes for some of these lovable pets,” said general manager Nick Kaplanis.

At this weekend’s adoption event, customers have the opportunity to learn about preventing animal cruelty, hear helpful tips on how to pet-proof their home, and even sign up to take home one of the “cute and cuddly” kittens from TinyKittens or dogs from the shelter or foster care, Kaplanis explained.

Last year’s Nufloors sale raised $1,500 for LAPS, Baker said.

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“The Nufloors event is important to LAPS because pet homelessness, particularly with cats, is a huge problem that needs the help of the entire community,” explained LAPS animal welfare manager Jayne Nelson.

“Much of the work we do at LAPS is possible because of donations from generous people and local businesses, like Nufloors, who commit to helping the animals in our community,” Nelson added.

This is just one example of how people in the community step up to help the animals by fundraising for the shelter, Baker said, noting that more and more frequently people are coming in the door offering unique and innovative ways to help.

He pointed to another current example. Rob and Karen Hunt are a Brookswood couple who started as volunteer dog walkers about three years ago, and Karen recently chose to ramp up her efforts for LAPS by running.

She’s committed to running seven 10-kilometre marathons in seven months and in doing so raise $7,000 for LAPS. Baker said she’s nearing her goal.

“It’s people doing things to support LAPS that makes a big different to us,” he concluded.

For information about LAPS, adoptions, or donating people can attend this weekend’s Nufloors event or visit www.lapsbc.ca.

“LAPS’ unique programs, which include The Dog House training and boarding centre on the grounds of the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford, and its progressive animal care philosophy that focuses on low-stress housing, set it apart from other humane organizations,” Nelson explained.

“And because of its strong leadership and vision, LAPS is able to provide more than 240 free cat spay and neuter certificates annually to low-income cat owners and trap, spay, and neuter more than 150 feral and free living cats as part of a comprehensive strategy with our project partner, TinyKittens, to help fight the challenge of cat overpopulation,” she said.

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