Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS)
Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is a registered non-profit society. In 2003, the animal control contract between the Township of Langley and the SPCA expired. A dedicated group of volunteers stepped up. They were eager to see a positive change in the way lost and abandoned animals were cared for in Langley. First of all, they lobbied the government for a municipally run animal shelter. After six long months, the animal control contract was awarded to them. As a result, the Langley Animal Protection Society was born and a partnership was formed with the City of Langley.
LAPS Animal Control Officers respond to dog and large animal complaints promptly and professionally. Thanks to their caring and dedication, LAPS has reduced the number of repeat complaints by 50%. Due to their success, it has helped make the City and Township of Langley safer for people and animals alike.
Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), responds to and investigates complaints from the public seven days a week. They help with stray dogs, cattle running loose and dogs biting humans. LAPS Animal Control Officers meet each challenge with public safety and animal welfare in mind.
The shelter was, above all, designed with the physical and mental health of the animals in mind. Private kennels for dogs and places to hide and perch for cats, provide a low stress environment. The result is that it contributes to the animals overall well being. Also, the isolation areas for both cats and dogs allow staff to care for sick animals and help prevent the spread of disease.
LAPS has also taken a proactive approach to dog licensing by sending canvassers out into the community. From March to October the canvassers go door-to-door selling licenses. The canvassers sell an average of 3000 licenses every year. As a result, they have helped LAPS increase the number of licensed dogs by 180%.
Due to all their hard work, approximately 80% of loose dogs are returned to their original owners within 48 hours. Above all, it is so important to contact LAPS if you have lost or found a dog.
Because of their thorough adoption procedures they are able to ensure that LAPS dogs and cats find the best possible homes. Most noteworthy is that they also help the animals living in the community through their pet food bank, and their Trap, Neuter, Release program for free-living cats. http://www.lapsbc.ca/
Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is a registered non-profit charitable society. They depend on your generosity to help the stray, lost and abandoned dogs and cats in the Langley community. If you would like to help, they are happy to accept volunteers of 16 yrs of age or older. All financial donations are greatly appreciated and can be made online at http://www.lapsbc.ca/get-involved/donate/, by phone at 604.857.5055 , in person, or by mail. Donors who give more than $20 will receive a free one year LAPS membership and a tax receipt. Fraser Valley Acreage Life will feature LAPS in future blogs to help find forever homes for dogs and cats in the Fraser Valley.