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, January 23, 2013


photo by Michele

Diamond came in as one of several feral kittens in 2006. Since the litter was wild, they stayed at the cat sanctuary rather than being relocated to the RAPS No. 5 Rd. shelter. As you might have guessed, Diamond's name was inspired by those neat diamond-shaped facial markings.

It's taken a while, but Diamond is starting to get more comfortable around people. Not pick-up-and-cuddle comfortable, perhaps, but definitely at the stage of being curious about what we're doing and willing to touch nose to finger tip.

From what Leslie tells me, it sounds like this is another one where some time in a cage here and there while some medical issue was checked out had the welcome side effect of giving a feral cat a chance to (i.e., obliging them to) get to know their human carers, and to realize that a) we're not sooo scary, and b) we may produce small quantities of tasty chicken or tuna. Both good incentive for further interaction.


  1. I could have sworn I had this kitteh on his belly purring yesterday

    1. Do it again and take pictures so I can post them! :)