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.

Friday, September 21, 2012


So often when I meet a friendly cat who's new to me but not new to RAPS, I wonder how I managed to miss him or her before. I suppose it's at least partly because there are hundreds of cats at the sanctuary. And, while we do have a number of particularly outgoing residents who will insist that you know them, a lot of the cats don't like to presume. This means that for more than a few cats, the only way to find out if they're friendly is to approach one that's sitting in a box or perched on a shelf, stop, smile, and try to reach out and touch. As an approach it's not without some risk... However, it's sometimes the only way to make the acquaintance of some of our less pushy residents.

I met Candy on Monday night, a pretty little brownish-black cat relaxing in a box that had once held peaches. She first caught my eye because of the distinctive speckling of white on her chest. I went in for a patting attempt, to which Candy responded with great pleasure. We were both delighted to make a new friend.


  1. You'll find that while she doesn't like to be picked up and can be a bit shy if there is too much going on around her, Candy absolutly loves to be touched, and turns into a dribbly-drooler with only a few moments of contact. She particularly likes to be scratched between the ears and on her cheeks. Another curiousity about her is that her coat used to be very dark black. It is only in the last year or so that she has turned chocolate brown like a Burmese. We're not sure if that is just her mature colour, or whether the lightening of her coat is a reflect of an underlying nutritional issue.

    1. Thanks! I'll be sure to get in some ear scratches next time I see her.