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.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Feral Lana started at the No. 5 Rd. shelter where Carol provided a quiet space for the new mom to be with her kittens. Once the kittens were weaned, they stayed at 5 Rd. where they could be adopted out and Lana moved to the sanctuary.

Lana is still quite cautious around people and if you move beyond her invisible comfort barrier she'll quickly run away. If she's feeling relaxed and surrounded by her cat friends, it's sometimes possible to get tantalizingly close to touching a finger to her nose before she bolts.

Lana with Nikki and Kenny
photo by Barbara

Fortunately, she does enjoy the company of other cats at the sanctuary. Notably, she's a member in good standing of the Mario Appreciation Society.


  1. Her original name was Mama Lawnmower I think because she and her babies were found under or near an old lawnmower. Thank God Doug changed it to Lana!


  2. Mama Lawnmower?? Yes, a big thank you to Doug for the name change! And thank you for the cool name trivia, Lisa!