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, June 8, 2011


Tricia was named for actress Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica fame in honor of the support she has given RAPS.

Although I'd heard of cat Tricia before, it's only been quite recently that I've been able to meet and get to know her.

From a May 31 entry in the RAPS blog by Marianne:
Little orange and white Tricia came to us as a young feral cat who’d already had a litter of kittens, which explains why she never gained full size herself. She and her two equally feral sisters wanted nothing to do with people and huddled together in the back of their cage. Once released, all three disappeared into the many hiding places in the back courtyard, until about a year later when Tricia began making “guest appearances” in the tea room during volunteers’ coffee breaks. We found that, if approached slowly and gently, she loves being petted, welcomes a few tummy rubs and even produces a few little purrs.
After spending a little time last month in a cage in the doublewide, Tricia has decided this might be an OK sort of area to hang out. She's still nervous and, if encountered out in the open, still can't quite resist running away.

If you can get her somewhere where flight isn't quite such an easy option, though, all it takes is a single touch before she melts into happy wriggles and rubs.

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