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.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Riley is a cat that caught my heart from day one of meeting him when I began volunteering at RAPS. Riley has feline AIDS and lives in the new AIDS building, he appears to be a healthy cat with no outward signs of the disease.
Riley came from Mitchel Island with two other cats and many minor injuries between the three of them the result of a hard life fighting or getting into machinery. I’m told that Riley was absolutely terrified of the staff he met at the sanctuary and did not want anything to do with them as is often the case with feral cats.  It’s hard to believe this now as Riley is one of the most affectionate cats I know in the sanctuary.  He has a quiet disposition and generally doesn’t make much of a to-do, just slinks around until you look down suddenly and find him curled up in your lap.

What attracts me to Riley, other than his sweet personality, is his very distinctive looks.  He is a beautiful cat with the dark gray fur as soft as a bowl full of chinchillas. It is almost impossible to resist the desire to touch his incredible coat giving Riley a distinct advantage in the attention seeking game.  What is also unique about Riley is his interesting face.  His almost cross-eyed, upward slanted eyes make him appear as if he is very, very devilish.  Fortunately, his interesting look does not reflect his personality as he is a loving and gentle cat. What an angel.


1 comment:

  1. I had a chance to sit with Riley a little last week. He's definitely going to be one of my fav cats (so hard to have only one, you know!)to visit again soon.