Cats and canines cared for with cupcakes

There are literal cupcakes for dogs. Pampered pooches can snack on cakes made from bison, lamb, and other meats, and topped with peanut butter-flavoured icing.

Of course, dogs and cats shouldn’t have cupcakes meant for humans. All that chocolate and butter cream icing is too much for their stomachs. Yet cupcakes for people will be a big help for some local dogs this February.

LAPS is hosting its second annual National Cupcake Day fundraiser, after a very successful effort by local animal lovers last year.

To kick off the event this year, staff at LAPS brought in their own pet dogs and held a cupcake party, which they filmed for a YouTube video

Baker said the event raised about $10,000 last year after all the donations came in. Nationwide, hundreds of local shelters raised a total of close to $500,000 across Canada.

“It’s just a fun way to raise not just some money, but awareness,” Baker said.

Cupcake Days are held on Feb. 24, and are aimed at creating a fun event at which people can raise a little money for their neighbourhood animal shelter.

In Langley, that’s the Patti Dale Animal Shelter, managed by LAPS.

The no-kill shelter for dogs and cats used last year’s Cupcake Day funding to help upgrade the paint and flooring in the Cat Cottage.

A typical Cupcake Day event will see people holding cupcake sales in their homes or workplaces. 

Those who want to take part can sign up online at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca, and search for the Langley Animal Protection Society under About Us – Participating Societies section. 

There is also a link on the LAPS website at www.lapsbc.ca.

Those taking part can form teams, join existing teams, or work on their own.

Last year LAPS got a little over $7,000 through the Cupcake Day website, but the remainder came in from people who simply held their own fundraisers, then dropped by the LAPS office with a cheque or envelope of cash.

Cupcakes can be made from recipes passed down from grandma, or from a mix from the store.

Baker said it isn’t certain exactly how much the average price is for a cupcake. He knows that during the last event, some generous people gave $100 for a dozen, knowing that the money went to LAPS and the shelter.

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