RAPS is short for Richmond Animal Protection Society, a registered charity and operator of a sanctuary which houses and cares for more than 400 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, June 22, 2011
Leland arrived at the cat sanctuary at the beginning of June, having been surrendered for peeing. This much is clear from the sign on his door. It turns out the story is a little more complicated - and sadder - than that.
Leland's owners brought him to a vet for something or other, then simply failed to come and retrieve him. The contact number they'd provided turned out to be fake, leaving the vet's office with no way to get hold of them.
We like to think the vet wasn't serious when speaking of euthanasia as an option for this cat who'd been dumped on the clinic, but the assistant took the possibility seriously enough that she opted to take poor Leland home herself. It was then that she discovered he was a pee-er, something he demonstrated all over her place. And so she called RAPS.
All this back story shouldn't take away from the fact that Leland is a nice, friendly boy. This shot was taken moments after he met me for the first time.
A few friendly words of greeting were all it took for him to think that my foot may be a nice place to lean. He then proceeded to talk, purr wriggle and rub until it was time for me to go.