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, January 23, 2012


When feral Tiffany was brought to the cat sanctuary some years ago, she was already around 10 years old. Now she's an old girl who's nearing the end of her life and, as sometimes happens with our very elderly feral cats, who's mellowed to the point that she's pretty much forgotten to be afraid of us.

I met her only recently, when she began to appear on the armchair in the doublewide, often huddled up with (and sometimes practically under) some other cat. Hearing she was feral, I didn't attempt to touch her until this evening, when she appeared in one of the shared beds on the table I use to prepare the evening meals. To my surprise, she had no problem with me stroking her, let me take a number of photos, and even happily accepted a little wet food put in front of her.

Leslie tells me that in the past, Tiffany always been something of a loner, choosing hiding places on the back porch away from humans and other cats. These days, she can often be seen snuggling up with other cats, appreciating the warmth or the company or a bit of both. And, to our delight, she's turned into a real sweetheart where humans are concerned. This has won her more than a few hearts.

Tiffany and Ricky

With her advanced age and failing health, we know we probably won't have this sweet old girl with us for very much longer. So we're enjoying her company while we can, and doing whatever we can to make sure the time left to her is comfortable and full of love.

Updated March 7, 2012: Tiffany left us for the rainbow bridge last week. We're glad she gave us a chance to get to know her in her last months and to help her spend them in a place where she could feel warm and safe.

1 comment:

  1. Dragana(AKA Tiffany)May 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    We share the same name yet i've never met her! :,(