Staff at the Patti Dale animal shelter got to put their brand new cat intake facility to use this weekend during their annual Kitten Round Up.
According to shelter executive director Jayne Nelson, one eight-month-old pregnant kitten arrived on Saturday, the day of the roundup.
An additional three female kittens came in the following day.
“We believe all of them could be pregnant. We are certain that at least one of the three are pregnant,” Nelson said. “If everyone is pregnant we will likely have 20 or more kittens in the next month or so.”
This is the fifth Kitten Round Up held at the Langley animal shelter.
On the day of the event, LAPS staff and volunteers take in as many kittens and pregnant cats as they can from the Langley area.
This year, they also held a ‘kitten shower,’ asking people to donate kitten food, litter boxes and scratching posts to be given to the foster homes that take in the fur babies.
Nelson said LAPS was showered with gifts either through online donations or in person.
The shelter is expecting more kittens, so she reminds residents there is still time to bring them in.
“We know there are a lot of kittens and pregnant moms out there who need our help now or will soon,” Nelson said.
“We encourage people to get in touch if they need assistance or if they know of any free-living cats or kittens in their area.
The Langley Animal Protection Society run shelter has been a busy place recently.
Last Thursday, they opened the first-of-its-kind cat intake facility called the ISOasis.
The facility allows for staff to better assess new intakes of cats and kittens and lets contagious cats heal in a safe and calm facility. Ringworm is highly contagious, but now there are isolation rooms in the new facility.
It also allows LAPS to take in 40 per cent more felines.
“It was a great opportunity to try out our brand intake room. Staff were thrilled to use it,” said Nelson about the Saturday event.