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, April 9, 2010


This has to be my favorite picture of Piper; it fits her name so well:

photo provided by RAPS

And here's her story, from Marianne:
"Piper was trapped at UBC one very cold and snowy January morning a couple of years ago.  She'd been spotted hiding under a building but it took two separate weekends to get her.  In the intervening week, her name had been decided - whether she turned out to be a boy or a girl, it was going to be "Piper", after Martha Piper the then-Chancellor of UBC.  Although she'd eluded capture for over a week, once she was in the trap, it was obvious that Piper was friendly, not feral. 
 photo provided by Marianne
While she's not too crazy about other cats who invade her space, Piper's a nice, relatively sedate cat who loves to be held and cuddled.  At first glance, her colouring may appear to be simply tabby, but her fur has an unusual and attractive speckled appearance, not the usual tabby stripes.  She can usually be found snoozing in the tea room or on the heater in the washroom off the tea room; on warm days, out in the back courtyard." 

The tearoom is exactly where I found Piper back in February and was able to spend a little time getting to know her. She is a friendly girl indeed, relaxed and ready to enjoy a cuddle.


  1. Piper is such a sweetheart! Just loves being held and purrrrrrs away :) One of our favorites for sure (we each have around 20 favorites of course!!)

  2. Piper can also be found by looking for her slightly shorter & plumper tail. She is a real love especially if you have treats (Temptations are her favorite).