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, August 3, 2011


A lady had been feeding this stray tabby for a time before bringing her into the No. 5 Rd. shelter. When "Melanie" was taken to the vet to be spayed, two interesting pieces of information were discovered: Melanie was in fact a neutered male and he was FIV positive.

And so he, with his name amended to the more gender-appropriate "Melvin," was brought to the cat sanctuary to live.

When I met him on Monday evening, he'd only been released from his cage in the New AIDS building hours before. And he was already quite ready to settle in.


  1. Some of them just do that..... walk out of the cage and go meh.

  2. He was getting a bit irritated when there were a bunch of humans around PLUS Arnie giving him a deluxe sniff-over, but mostly he was pretty "yeah, whatever" about the whole thing.