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, August 8, 2011


Dickens is a gentle fellow recently brought to my attention by Brigid, who described him as a sweetie who looks like a tubby version of Jake but with Gunther's sad, solemn expression.

Dickens was given the name of Loco when he arrived at the sanctuary last year. He had been trapped with some wild cats, so it was assumed he was wild like the rest of them. It was immediately obvious, however, that "Loco" wasn't exactly wild and crazy as his name suggested. He would even meow for attention from his cage.

 photo by Brigid

Brigid decided the name Loco just didn't suit him: "He needed something more old-fashioned and solid." And so she gave him the name of Dickens. For me, this evokes characters from Victorian era literature, but Leslie offered another, more immediate interpretation: "He's cute as the Dickens." 
I couldn't agree more.

photo by Brigid

"He's fairly shy until he feels safe with you;" she says. "Then he's quite happy to be a lap-cat for a bit."

photo by Brigid

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