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, September 2, 2011


Jimmy's story so far is a tale in two acts, one that's a little sad and one that will make you smile.

Act One
The first part of the tale comes from Bev, who was the first one at RAPS to hear about Jimmy.
"Jimmy came to us from a radio show host on the old CFUN. She was talking about him on her show saying how he was peeing everywhere and she was going to have to do something - the family had a few pets and kids so I think he was probably stressed. I called the show to tell her about RAPS because I thought she was going to put him down. She dropped him off at the shelter and never came back - poor boy has never gotten over it, I think."
Bev had hoped the woman would come and visit Jimmy, but wonders if she ever did. Gaye remembers her coming once early on, but only the once.

Act Two
The second part of the tale comes via Debbie. This is, as she calls it, The Tale of Jimmy and Robbie.

A young boy and girl named Robbie and Emily started coming to the sanctuary around 3 years ago. Emily had just gotten out of the hospital and her parents thought the visits would be a good way to cheer her up. 

Emily fell in love with Squirrel and Robbie with Jimmy. They continued coming for about a year until they moved away from BC. 

When they came back on vacation a year later, one of the first things they did was come to visit the sanctuary. Robbie looked for Jimmy, and when Jimmy saw him, Debbie tells me Jimmy was so excited that he just ran around and rubbed himself all over the boy.

Another year passed until the family returned for this year's vacation. They came to visit the sanctuary just this past Sunday. Emily found Squirrel and some of the other cat friends she'd made. Robbie once again looked for Jimmy. Finding him, he patted him and gave him some treats he'd brought. Jimmy looked at him for a moment and then began to give him kisses. 


  1. Jimmy is such a sweetheart. He looks pretty content in that last photo! :)

  2. I love Jimmy! He's my favourite too. I was hoping the story would have a happy ending where Robbie adopted Jimmy and gave him his forever home. xoxo

  3. Jimmy's story has a third part. He was adopted a few years ago to what looked like a perfect home--a nice woman who lived alone and who hadn't had any other animals in her home for more than a year. It took 5 weeks for him to settle in and allow her a good night's sleep, but they were finally comfortable together and he hadn't sprayed anywhere he shouldn't. Then, she made a terrible mistake: she agreed to babysit a friend's dog. That was too much for our Jimmy to bear, and he went to work defending his territory with his personal perfume. An anxious cat has to do what a cat has to do, and back to the sanctuary he came.


  4. I just read that last post about this poor cat, maybe it was the womans fault who babysat the dog, it would not be the cats fault..
    very very sad story

  5. Dear Jimmy left us this last week. Such a sweet boy. We will miss you Jimmy. RIP