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, January 25, 2012


April came from the same egg farm on Blundell in Richmond where we got Simone, Bantam and others.

The farm owners had been feeding a number of feral cats on their property. When they moved and knew the place was to be demolished, they were concerned about the cats and asked RAPS to trap and bring them to the sanctuary.

April was very scared at first, but now likes people -- though Leslie and Gaye warn that she can still swat on occasion.

When I visited April on Monday, she was a little timid at first, but soon warmed up to me enough to get from her comfy bed for some rubbing and purring. And luckily, no swatting.

April was having such a good time visiting, in fact, that neighboring nappers Asia and Cairo woke up and wanted in on the action (and does anyone know who the black cat lounging in the middle of this group might be?).

April and friends


  1. I think that the black cat is Dylan, a smallish girl with a rough coat and a tail that seems to be on backwards because it curls up over her back when she is happy or excited. She is also from a farm in Richmond, and is related to Cory (our black tripod cat in the single wide trailer). She is very treat motivated, loves pets, can be a real "talker" when she wants attention and will ofetn hang out near the laundry area in the single wide, in hopees of visitors and treats.

  2. I LOVE the picture of them all together..that is so sweet!!!

  3. Did anyone else notice Janelle peaking from behind the wood at the right-hand side of the photo? She was likely waiting for our photographer to come a bit closer, so she could reach through the fencing and give Claire a good swat!