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, May 27, 2011


Identifiable by a missing ear tip and the unique patterns in her eyes, Nikki is one of the sanctuary old timers.

Gaye tells me that Nikki had been adopted out at one point, but was returned after a day or two. Apparently, the lady who took her home had the new arrival sitting on her lap when a garbage truck rumbled by outside. Startled, Nikki did as most cats would do in this situation and leaped from the woman's lap to get away from the noise, digging her claws in for purchase as she went. The woman must have never experienced being a launching pad for a frightened kitty, because a call to RAPS had Carol going over there and bringing Nikki back to the shelter.

These days, Nikki is an older girl with not much in the way of teeth (which I noticed when she decided to alternately lick and gnaw on my hand), but more than a few friends. When I first met her, she was weaving around, playing and cuddling with Mr. Belvedere, her boyfriend du jour.

Nikki and Mr. Belvedere


  1. Awesome to hear you will be posting regularly!!
    Nicki's other claim to fame is that she has had a large number of boyfriends. She is a "friendly" girl......


  2. Yes, Martha's first regular post will be on Monday, May 30th.
    Gaye mentioned Nikki's got more than a few boyfriends... too funny. Anyway, Mr. Belvedere didn't seem to mind not being "exclusive" :P

  3. Keep the black cats coming!