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, June 10, 2011


Sylvester is a very nice, very large cat who was transferred to the sanctuary from the No. 5 Rd shelter at the end of May. A mellow kind of guy, he took the transfer easily in stride, approaching his new quarters in the Gericatrics (aka Kitten Trailer) with little more than a blink and a sniff before settling right in.

"How large is very large?" you may ask. Try 20lb large. Ann first described him to me via a comparison to Mario, her preferred measuring stick for largish kitties. According to a scale of small to Mario-size, Sylvester apparently comes in at "cat who ate Mario."

... not that Sylvester seems the type to do this sort of thing literally. The 13 year old's fault, if any, is that he has a tendency to poop outside the box.


  1. We discovered that was no longer a problem when we found a litter box that was large enough for him.....

  2. Love Debbie's comment! Thanks for checking him out ! There is one slight difference between him and Mario. at least Mario can attribute some of his largeness to fur..... Sylvester..... ALL CAT!! :)

  3. Looks exactly like MY Sylvester that I had to give up about 8 years ago, because I developed a severe cat allergy. He was a big one too! I'm curious as to how this guy ended up in RAPS...he probably isn't mine, but the resemblance is amazing! He would have had to travel there (indirectly) from Nebraska!

  4. I spent time with Sylvester yesterday what a nice cat, I think he is going to be one of my 600 favs

  5. RIP Sylvester, you will be missed my friend, I wish I would have spent more time with you...
    Kiss on the top of your head...
    LOVE YA Dianne