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, September 3, 2010


I mentioned a while back how hard it can be to tell the difference between a frightened stray and a feral just acting, well, feral. Simone is extended case of this sort of identity confusion, in that, for the longest time, no one at the sanctuary had any idea that she was tame.

Simone liked to hide out on top of the cages in the singlewide, along with all the other ferals who like to sit and stare, occasionally drawn by curiosity to the edge where they can stare more emphatically... and possibly score a treat without risking more than the bare minimum of human contact. One volunteer told me that Simone even looked similar to a few of the other ferals, so perhaps people assumed they all came in together (an assumption that turned out to be correct - see Lisa's note in the comment section at the end of this post).

It wasn't until Simone had to be caged to receive some meds that it was discovered, to the surprise and delight of all, that she was actually quite tame.

Now that her secret was out, people knew they could approach and spend time with her. This left us with one very friendly kitty. She now loves cuddles and can be expected to crawl into a lap with only the slightest provocation.


  1. This little itty bitty kitty has more love in her than size allows, she's just the best.

  2. I trapped her with 9 other ferals who had been living on an egg farm in Richmond. I think she is just one of those ferals or semi ferals who decided very quickly that people are more than ok. :) Lisa

  3. Wow, Lisa - that makes this story even better!

  4. She does look like a very feral cat in the single-wide so I was very surprised how tame and sweet she is - she really loves people. I just have to make sure I don't approach the feral one instead!

  5. Yes, Bev, she does indeed! I've made the mistake of approaching the wrong one and was set straight in a hurry in true feral style.

  6. Such a sweetie! Debbie plopped her on my shoulder the first day I was there and said 'your gonna love her' and boy was she right!