Roundup gives unwanted cats a second chance

Unwanted kittens and cats were given the gift of a potential new home, and a happy life, Saturday at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter in Aldergrove. The Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) hosted a Kitten Roundup.

Pet owners were invited to turn in unwanted kittens and receive free spay/neuter vouchers.

Kittens, moms and moms-to-be were dropped off at LAPS Patti Dale Animal Shelter for free, with no questions asked.

Those who couldn’t get to the shelter were able to text their kittens’ location to LAPS’ kitten roundup hotline and the local animal welfare group dispatched a team to collect the kittens and drop off spay/neuter vouchers.

The shelter took in 28 kittens, five nursing moms, and two pregnant moms who will likely have four to six kittens each.

“It was an awesome day,” LAPS manager of animal welfare Jayne Nelson said.

The humane treatment of kittens made headlines recently, after 10 of them were found in a sealed box behind a church in Langley City.

Three escaped when a Good Samaritan heard a noise inside and opened the box. One of the remaining seven never recovered from the ordeal and died shortly after being taken to LAPS.

Of the surviving kittens from that litter, one’s been adopted and five more will be spayed or neutered for adoption purposes.

On July 14, it happened again when a batch of kittens were found in a Rubbermaid container at Aldergrove Lake Park.

“We’re trying to prevent people from dumping unwanted kittens in unsafe places,” Nelson said at the roundup.

Prior to Saturday, the shelter provided refuge for roughly 80 cats and kittens and that number has grown significantly with the roundup.

Nelson said while cat ownership is trending upwards, “cats are under-represented at places like veterinary hospitals and pet stores, so, not in all cases, but in some cases, there is a lower value attached as pets. We’re trying to change that.”

The shelter’s resident cats and kittens are vaccinated and spayed or neutered, and will remain there until they are adopted. It’s a costly process, however. The cost of a healthy litter – with an average of four to six kittens per litter – is roughly $1,300 for spaying, neutering, feeding, and vet care.

“They are wanted,” Nelson said. And while kittens were being dropped off, at least one lucky feline has a new home.

Kathy Vitali was over the moon as she brought home Harris, a two-month-old orange and white male domestic shorthair mix.

“I’ve been looking for an orange and white kitten for months,” Vitali said.

Harris, part of a litter from a feral cat, was brought into the shelter with his siblings when they were approximately four weeks of age.

The Patti Dale Animal Shelter is located at 26220 56th Ave.

tlandreville@langleyadvance.com

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