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.

Monday, April 30, 2012


Looking for a new dance partner?

Tango is a former resident recently diagnosed with AIDS which brought about his return to the sanctuary. At the moment, he is residing in one of the cages in the New AIDS building eagerly awaiting his his release into the New AIDS population.  Tango is a very nice boy and though he's not allowed out yet in this transition period, instructions are posted to love him up.

Wanting to follow instructions, I went to his cage ready to dole out some cuddles but Tango had other ideas, he wanted to stage a jail break. Not wanting to let him mingle with the other cats yet, I couldn't resist his imploring eyes so I picked him up and held him in my arms while I walked him around the room. But the music was on and suddenly my feet started to tap, my body started to moving to the beat and before I knew it tango and I were dancing around the room together. Tango, laid back cat that he is seemed quite content to let me bounce around the room with him in my arms, his head bobbing in time to the music.

The "tango" seed must have been planted in my head because never in my time as a volunteer at RAPS have I ever danced with a cat, yet there I was. I can't say that Tango and I did the tango - the moves were, well, more casual lets say so maybe his name needs some tweaking... Any calls for Boogie? Shimmy? Trip-the-light-fantastic?

Do yourself a favor and have a twirl with this lovely boy. He makes an exquisite dance partner.

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