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, June 13, 2012

Harry (II)

Harry is one of the newest arrivals at the sanctuary, having appeared just this past Sunday. As with more than a few other cats who end up in shelters, it was a problem with inappropriate peeing that made his former people ultimately decide they couldn't keep him.

Meeting him on Monday, it was immediately clear that Harry is a darling. In fact, he was moving around his cage so much that it was all I could do to get a clear photo of him. Fellow volunteers Annette and Ed, making their own attempts to document the newcomer, didn't have it much easier.

photo by Ed

photo by Ed

photo by Annette  
(with subject continuing to resist sitting still!)

Despite his exuberance, though, we were still able to see a few telltale signs of stress over the sudden change in his circumstances - a hiss at a passing cat, a low growl when he's had enough of the human visiting his cage...
Winding up in a shelter is a big change for an animal, however friendly and outgoing the personality.


  1. If only cats could talk and tell us what we need to do to stop inappropriate eliminations. We have a cat who pees inappropriately and we have tried everything to stop it- adding even more litter boxes, changing her food,getting vet tests to ensure it wasn't medical,etc.etc. now after five years of no change no matter what we do , we just make it part of our daily clean-up. But if I didn't work from home it would be impossible to keep her because our home would smell like a never cleaned litterbox :( I feel for this guy and for his owners if they truly did everything to ensure nothing obvious was triggering the behaviour.He has huge adjustments to make ahead of him...

  2. Harry is a funny little critter. As soon as I walk into the Connor House on Thursday nights, he's ready to pounce on my back. I get a lot of snuggle time with him. Love the way he headbutts my chin when I'm carrying him. :)

  3. I wonder if this orange cat is the one that was about to be adopted by a volunteer ? Last week I saw him at the leukemia section in a cage. This week when I visited him, he seemed to be quiet and unresponsive. He is such a good natured cat and I can only hope that he gets the attention that he deserves.