Stacey Kosturos of the Shewan Foundation came by the shelter to present a $20,000 donation to LAPS’ medical fund. (Special to The Star)

Stacey Kosturos of the Shewan Foundation came by the shelter to present a $20,000 donation to LAPS’ medical fund. (Special to The Star)

Langley Animal Protection Society says goodbye to longtime volunteers

Dog walkers Donna Linke and Pauline Markle have retired after more than 15 years of service

Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) is taking time to thank some of the volunteers that have lent a helping hand to the shelter located in Aldergrove.

Donna Linke and Pauline Markle have been dedicated dog-walking volunteers for more than 15 years.

Throughout that time, they’ve walked beside canines of all breeds and sizes, in all sorts of weather, from snow and ice to pouring rain and searing heat.

2020 brought a close to their many years at LAPS.

Jayne Nelson, executive director at LAPS, referred to the duo as icons.

“They have given an incredible amount of time over the last 17 years, for much of their volunteer career at LAPS spending five days per week ensuring that all dogs got out of their runs for a beautiful walk on the trails behind the shelter,” Nelson said. “We are deeply grateful, for the time they gave improving the welfare of shelter dogs and helping to prepare them for their adoptions.”

Nelson figured they have both walked thousands of miles on local trails and provided support and training to many new dog walkers over the years.

“They have become a part of the fabric of LAPS and will always be a special part of our history,” Nelson added.

On Feb. 25th, staff members Jayne, Sean, and Helene visited Pauline and Donna to drop off a certificate to express a heartfelt thanks for their many years of service.

READ MORE: As Valentine’s Day approaches, LAPS encourages Aldergrove to love all pets

Stacey Kosturos of the Shewan Foundation came by the shelter to present a $20,000 donation to LAPS’ medical fund.

With over $200,000 in donations to date, the Shewan Foundation’s generosity helps ensure that every animal that comes to LAPS is provided with industry-leading medical care and the best chance at a happy and healthy life.

“The Shewan Foundation established our medical fund in 2011 and have supported it annually ever since,” Nelson explained. “We are so grateful for their kindness, generosity and ongoing support of the animals at LAPS.”

Lastly, LAPS is asking residents to be heroes for animals during the month of April by joining their virtual Furry Tails race.

Participants can choose to do a five kilometer, 10 kilometer, half, or full marathon at their own pace and own location – posting their results online.

All money from registration fees and donations will go towards helping animals in need at the shelter.

People can register now until April 29 by visiting

The event takes place on Saturday, May 1.

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