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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cha Cha

Cha Cha originally came from a feral colony living near Princess Street in Steveston.

 photo by Barbara Doduk

After being trapped and brought to the RAPS sanctuary, she was put in one of the back pens along with the rest of the Princess Street cats. Cha Cha did not care for these accommodations, though, and managed to escape into the sanctuary proper.

With some cats, too early a departure from a space where they're obliged to regularly interact with humans can result in them never losing their feral suspiciousness. Cha Cha proved far too curious about people to stay away long. Instead, she turned out to be one of those cats who gradually but quite of their own volition become tame.

Leslie remembers how Marianne named her Cha Cha because of the way she would dance when she was feeling affectionate. Marianne adds that this dancing happened when Cha Cha was happily following her favorite person... Leslie.

Cha Cha may have settled down a bit now that she's older, but she's no less of a cutie and still likes a visit. 

photo by Barbara Doduk


  1. Thanks for this, Claire - she's one of my favourites - and a lookalike with my younger cat. She really is a cutie!


  2. From feral cat to lap cat that's our Cha Cha! <3