A four-legged friend from Abbotsford who was displaced during the flooding has found refuge in Langley.
When Winnie walked through the doors of the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) on November 23, 2021, she was in dire condition. She was bald, had bleeding skin and looked like she had puppies.
From the first interaction, humane society staff knew she was “incredibly sweet and loving”.
Winnie is now healthy and active enough to find a forever home and a new family, said Sarah Jones, executive director of the Langley Animal Protection Society.
The local animal shelter had to bring Winnie to Langley as she needed urgent care and shelters in Abbotsford were ‘seriously affected’ by the flooding as their supplies were cut off.
Jones added that LAPS could reunite all of the flood-affected animals that have been cared for, except for Winnie. After no owner reported Winnie missing or called the society looking for her at one of their shelters, she was put up for adoption.
Jones said for many of those not directly affected by the flooding, life went on.
“But the impacts of flooding continue, and people and animals are still struggling,” she added.
The mission-based Cat Therapy and Rescue Society transported 14 cats to Langley from the Merritt area. These cats displaced during the floods were first cared for at a relief shelter in Merritt. However, the facility quickly reached capacity due to lack of resources in the community due to all the natural disasters that occurred.
Working with other shelters in need, the Langley shelter provided a “safe haven” for Merritt’s cats.
Jones said his team has and will continue to organize pet food and supplies at community centers in the Fraser Valley that help animals. Additionally, the company plans to open a free microchipping clinic for low-income Langley residents and flood-affected pet sitters.
The non-profit organization has funds to help people affected by the floods and seek emergency veterinary care.
In addition to crisis response, LAPS has included several other programs to support animals.
- Through its free emergency boarding campaign, LAPS boards many stray and abandoned animals found on the Abbotsford side of the floods and blocked roads.
- The company distributes supplies to vulnerable owners in communities from Abbotsford to Merritt through the “pet food and supplies” programs.
- One of his fundraisers reached over $30,000. The money raised will help low-income families get the veterinary care they need.
Jones said society’s response to the flooding would not be possible without communities supporting shelter initiatives.
“As a member of our LAPS community, we thank you for partnering with us to ensure that all animals thrive with emotional, physical and psychological security,” she said.
The local humane society is located at 26220 56th Ave. For more information, people can email [email protected] or go to his website lapsbc.ca.
Got a story tip? Email: [email protected]
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Animal SheltersAnimal WelfareAnimalsCatsDogsLangley