When floods hit British Columbia this year, countless families were affected. Many people were uprooted from their homes and had to take refuge in places that do not allow pets. A number of shelters set up support programs for displaced family pets, providing supplies and fostering for those in need. These shelters required increased aid to care for the large influx of new animals.
Langley Animal Protection Society
One of the shelters offering support is the Langley Animal Protection Society, LAPS. Established in 2003 to care for the welfare of local animals, LAPS continues to support its community by offering free emergency boarding, veterinary care, and pet supplies to those affected by the floods. LAPS asked for donations to support the new programs, and Jay Julier, the Support Network Coordinator for Random Acts, wanted to help. “There are so many pets and animals currently without homes, and without the basic necessities they need to get by,” Jay said. “I want to be able to help as much as I can while people try to rebuild and bring their animal family members home.”
Discounts and Donations!
Jay called LAPS to get a list of their most needed items. With the list in hand, Jay set up a few online posts to start an item donation. She then took to the stores with the help of a friend to find the best deals on as many pet supplies as possible. She reached out to her local pet store, and they were able to provide an additional discount and all of the items in their donation bin. Jay ended up with two cars full of items — all of which went to LAPS.
After dropping off the donation, Jay reported, “I felt great — it was exciting trying to see what we could get together and also really heartwarming seeing how many people wanted to help the cause.”
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