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, November 3, 2010


Sasha is such a pretty girl that her picture is featured on the cat sanctuary home page.

photo provided by RAPS

Many who see her feel an urge to snap a picture or two, a burden she accepts most gracefully. Sometimes she even seems to put some thought into striking the prettiest pose.

 photo by Barbara Doduk

But the deal ends there. There is to be no touching of the cat, thank you very much.

Sasha came to RAPS as a kitten, but she never really lost her skittishness around people. She is the sister of Riley from the front courtyard, who, in contrast to Sasha, is tame and friendly enough that he was able to go and live with one of our former volunteers... at least until he developed an unfortunate habit of peeing where he shouldn't and had to be returned to the sanctuary.

Sasha has remained, for me anyway, a look-but-don't-touch kitty. Has anyone else had luck getting more than a fingertip to nosetip before she scoots off to a safer distance?


  1. One Sunday morning while having a loving session with all the cats in the tearoom Sasha sidled up to me and allowed me to pet her and love her too.
    Then she shook herself, hissed at me and ran away. She stares at me a lot but she has never let me do that again.
    She's calling all the shots.

  2. Great anecdote! Thanks for sharing!

  3. She did it again this morning without the hissing and running away.
    She just kinda got bored and left this time.
    Suspect the key might be being there before seven am as she just stares when I see her any other time of day.