A lot of the feral cats living at the sanctuary like to hang out in the back pens. So when I'm visiting one of my tamer friends out there, I'm used to seeing a lot of fleeting furry shapes. When I saw this face peering at me from a window on Monday evening, I was sure he'd zip off the moment I came too close.
While he proved to indeed be a little shy on first contact, he surprised me by also being undeniably friendly.
Not only did he allow me to pet him, but it seemed like no time before he was leaning out of the window towards me, kneading the air with his paws, and luxuriating in chin rubs.
I later found out from Leslie that his name is Tiger. He's the son of a feral cat named Barbara who lives in one of the far back pens. Volunteers Barbara and Waldie had fostered the wild mom and her kittens Tiger, Owl, Pussycat, and Panther.
RAPS is short for Richmond Animal Protection Society, a registered charity and operator of a sanctuary which houses and cares for more than 400 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.