Animal shelter

Langley Animal Shelter looking for cat lovers to adopt or foster animals – Aldergrove Star

Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter (CARES) Cat Shelter recently found a cat in a registered box outside a pet store in Langley.

Longtime CARES volunteer Clive Ellis described the incident as tragic and unnecessary, as CARES is a no-kill facility.

He noted that it’s common to see a slightly higher number of cats entering the shelter during the summer months or kitten season.

What also concerns him is an unusual jump in the redemption rate this year.

Ellis thinks COVID and the rising cost of living could be a big reason the Milner-based shelter has had to take in about 35 kittens so far this summer.

“And they’re just kittens.” There are also adult cats,” he pointed out.

Approximately 15 kittens and five adult cats will be up for adoption during the CARES “Adoption,” which will take place Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart on Langley Bypass.

CARES works with its own veterinarians and medical team, who carry out regular checks on shelter cats. Only cats that are medically fit and with appropriate temperaments are passed on to ever-growing families, Ellis commented.

In addition to adoption, CARES is also looking for approximately five new foster families and approximately five families who can foster one or possibly more kittens.

Currently, CARES has about 13 foster homes.

With increasing numbers of kittens and cats arriving, the shelter has reached capacity, and Ellis said the foster team plays a crucial role in caring for the animals until they find their homes.

Ellis added that while fostering isn’t a long-term answer, he’s seen some cats stay in foster homes for about a year.

“Normally we try to keep it [fostering] at six months,” he explained.

Encouraging people to step up for adoption and fostering, Ellis reminded them that most cats are in shelters through no fault of their own.

“They all deserve a chance to have a home,” Ellis said.

While the CARES team provides for animals, Ellis stressed that there is no substitute for living at home.

The registered charity established in 1983 has around 14 volunteers, including Ellis himself, who is often referred to by teammates as a “kitty kisser”. His job is to socialize with the cats, sometimes two or three times per shift.

Ellis is also one of the board members of CARES.

To complete adoption paperwork in advance for weekend adoption or to learn more about the organization and its adoptable cats, people can visit https://www.carescatshelter.com/contact/.

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