Langley animal shelter overflowing with kittens

Some have been born to pregnant strays, and some have been dropped off in boxes, but altogether they add up to about 100 kittens currently in the care of the Langley Animal Protection Society.

About 50 of those kittens are now weaned and ready for adoption, and staff and volunteers at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter are hoping the public comes through at this Saturday’s Kitten Palooza.

“In order for us to help more homeless kittens, we need our Kitten Palooza to be huge success,” said LAPS executive director Sean Baker. “We’re running out of room.”

Baker said he has never seen this many kittens come into the shelter at one time before. 

Many of the orphaned kittens have been fostered out to volunteers and staff. The younger ones have to be bottle fed.

“They have to be fed every two hours day and night, for four weeks,” Baker said, adding that LAPS has amazing foster families.

To help adopt out those kittens that are old enough, there are goodie bags for the first 30 adoptions this Saturday, and everyone who adopts will be entered for a grand prize draw. Angie Quaale of Well Seasoned will be on site providing hot dogs and other treats by donation.

All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tattooed, and get their first set of vaccinations before they are adopted, and the adoption fee includes a free check up with a local veterinarian and a bag of cat food.

To help speed up the process, future cat-owners can download an application form to submit for pre-approval at www.lapsbc.ca/adopt.

LAPS is planning to build an expanded facility to help care for cats, dubbed the ISOasis facility. With partial funding from Langley Township, it will allow cats to be isolated from one another and from other animals after they are first brought in as strays.

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