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, November 2, 2012


Owl is a fluffy tabby who easily recognizable by his adorable ear tufts (funny how that can be so much more appealing in cats than it is in humans). 

Owl has been at RAPS all his life, having been fostered as a kitten along with his feral mom Barbara (now sadly no longer with us) and his siblings Pussycat, Tiger, and Panther. The whole family was taken in and the kittens raised by volunteers Barbara and Waldie.

photo by Barbara D

Owl grew up into a nice, well-adjusted, well-liked boy. He can be seen in various parts of the sanctuary (doublewide, tea room, a sunny bench in the back courtyard), either curled up with a few cat buddies or perched somewhere people are likely to come by and give him a chin tickle.


  1. I have been known to call him "Howl" (especially when I have chicken in hand), or occasionally just "Ow!" For a fairly small cat (under all that hair) he has big paws and enthusiastic claws!

    1. haha! Also very apt names for him. Owl never used to pay a whole lot of attention to me, but since our little photography session last week, he's been happily yelling at me.