RAPS is short for Richmond 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, September 21, 2011


When I arrived at the sanctuary on Monday night, I ran into Debbie who told me there were two new cats I just had to meet. One was Scarlett, who I've already introduced on Monday's blog post. The other was Lynx.

Lynx came to us by way of one of Debbie's feeding sites, a tame and until very recently unneutered male. And, unfortunately, he has leukemia.

Though understandably uncertain of his new surroundings, Lynx shows promise as a very nice boy. He hasn't got to the point of seeking out attention yet, but does allow his human visitors to extend the hand of friendship and even given him a few strokes and chin tickles.

I, for one, can't wait to get to know him better.

Updated October 15, 2011: I sadly never did get a chance to know Lynx better, as we sadly lost him today.
Here's what Debbie posted about him on Facebook this afternoon:
Lynx came to live with us at the shelter a month ago. He was trapped at one of my feeding sites near the railroad tracks. His first vet trip (to be neutered and tested) determined that he had leukemia. He wasn't too sure about us at first, but turned out to be very cuddly and affectionate at the end. He left us having had a warm place to live, lots of food, and knowing he was loved. That is why we do what we do........
Lynx at the feeding site 
photo by Debbie


  1. Although he left us today, he became a very cuddly guy over his last couple of days, even crawling up onto Ann's shoulders! I will miss him terribly, but am comforted by knowing that his final month was one of warmth, lots of food, and lots of people to love him....

  2. It's so sad to have to say good-bye, especially so soon. At least he had a warm, safe place to spend his last days.