RAPS is short for Regional Animal Protection Society, a registered charity and operator of a sanctuary which houses and cares for nearly 500 homeless or abandoned cats in Richmond, BC, Canada. The Neko Files is a celebration of the sanctuary and all those who live and work there.

Friday, November 6, 2009


At the sanctuary can be found friendly tame cats, skittish feral cats, tame cats who occasionally forget they’re supposed to like humans (I'm talking to you, Baby), and feral cats who gradually forget to be scared. Spot is one of the latter.

photo provided by RAPS

“Of all the feral kittens we have tamed,” says the text accompanying his photo on in the sanctuary gallery page, “Spot turned out the best by far. He likes to climb onto our backs and snuggle.”

He also likes to participate in the international cat sports of Sunbathing...

photo provided by Michele

... and Finding Oddball Places to Nap.

photo provide by RAPS

Although Spot's name makes sense in terms of his markings, I thought most people are probably more used to coming across this name as a classic dog name. So I hit Google to check and discovered an amusing pop culture reference...

- any Trekkies lurking about out there will be way ahead of me already -

Apparently, the character Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation had a cat named Spot which was featured in a number of episodes. Yes. There's even a section on his Wikipedia page.

Even more entertaining, there exists poem by Data addressed to said cat. I suspect our Spot would quibble with the idea that a cat is "not sentient", but other than that he'd probably take the tribute in the spirit meant.

"Ode to Spot"

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, 
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature; 
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses 
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.    
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations, 
A singular development of cat communications 
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection 
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection. 
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents; 
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance. 
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion, 
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion. 
O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display 
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array. 
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend, 
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

1 comment:

  1. After an observant (and loving) visitor noticed Spot was a bit under the weather, blood tests caused him to be moved into the Old Aids building, where he has joined Jeremy, Panter and Jasper in competition for any available lap.