Langley animal shelter wants to expand coin collection program

The Langley Animal Protection Society wants to extend its successful program of donation boxes to new businesses around the community.

Since 2007, there have been about 20 boxes set up on the counters of various stores around the community, said Sean Baker, manager of the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.

They were started by a single volunteer, who offered to create the boxes and recruit the first set of local store owners, said Baker.

LAPS was still a relatively new association at the time, and Baker wasn’t sure the effort would be that successful. But after just a month, the volunteer returned and handed over $500, all collected in the form of coins and small bills.

In the past seven years, the donation boxes have gathered $77,000 that has gone towards LAPS programs for stray, rescued, and feral dogs and cats.

Now the society is hoping to find perhaps two dozen more businesses around the Langleys to host the simple donation boxes. If they could double their number of boxes, hitting as high as 50, they could likely double the annual amount collected, Baker said.

“It would sure go a long way to being able to help a lot more animals,” Baker said.

Funding could go towards projects such as programs in the soon-to-be-built ISOasis building for rescued cats, or towards the existing programs for adopting out dogs.

Anyone who has a business that can host a donation box can contact Baker at LAPS, at 604-857-5055, extension 206, or email sean.baker@lapsbc.ca. An interested business owner can send in their name, business and phone number.

A volunteer picks up box donations once a month, said Baker.

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