B.C. farm family ‘let down’ after second kitten stolen in a week

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The owners of a family farm in Langley who welcome the public for a number of events throughout the year are reeling, after someone stole two of their new kittens. Grace Ke reports – Oct 27, 2021

The owners of a family farm in Glen Valley, B.C. say they’re “let down” and “completely disappointed” after a second kitten was stolen from their home in a week.

The Aldor Acres Family Farm has been in the Anderson family for decades and its animals are part of that family, they said in post from the farm’s Facebook page.

“This business was built on a whole lot of trust & respect. Trust that you will treat our home & our family the way you would want to be treated,” said the post.

“How would you feel if someone came to your home and took away one of your family members?”

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The first kitten was stolen on Oct. 19, and the second kitten was stolen Tuesday, said the family. Adoption arrangements had already been made for both of them.

The farm, which offers “baby farm animal visits,” is now revoking “some of the freedoms to hands on learning experiences,” according to its Facebook page.

“No longer can we give our trust, faith, & hope in the fact that we will be given the same kind of respect we give to everyone who steps into our home,” said the post.

“We will now be putting more vigilance into the safety of our own home & animals. Because our family is our top priority.”

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The Aldor Acres Family Farm began in 1988 when its owners Albert and Dorothy Anderson put a sign and a jar at the end of the road, selling pumpkins on the “honour system,” says its website.

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“It just hurts in the sense of, this is what we built it on, this is what we continue to go forward with,” said Katie Brownlee, their granddaughter.

“But to see the disappointment, even in our grandparents eyes, to see their foundation that they built is not solid — they can’t put that trust and respect and give that opportunity … that hurts them the most to know that.”

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The farm is located roughly five kilometres east of Fort Langley, which is northeast of Langley.

In addition to baby farm animal visits, it offers a seasonal pumpkin patch, farmer’s market, Christmas trees, sunflower field, and campfires.

The Facebook post did not indicate whether the family has reported the stolen kittens to local police.

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