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, December 17, 2010


Meet Orlean:

She's not quite sure just yet if she's pleased to meet you.

After coming in as a stray, Orlean had a few health issues that, although not severe, did mean that her initial exposure to med staff had to involve a certain amount of poking and prodding. As a result, she's still rather loathe to trust the humans at the sanctuary.

The first few times I had to go into her cage to give her dinner or refresh her water, I'd find her sitting in the middle of her litter box, staring at me and meowing emphatically as is trying to ward off the unwelcome intruder.

Now she's out of her cage and still skittish about being touched, yet at the same time so curious about us that she can't seem to stop herself from sitting out in the open where she can get a good view.

Moving slowly and quietly, it's often possible to get close enough to reach out to her. Most times she'll respond with gentle slap to the back of the hand, but occasionally she'll allow a fingertip to touch the tip of her nose before she loses her nerve and scoots just out of range.

I'm thinking she has the makings of a sweet girl.