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, February 1, 2013


Spitz has come a long way since she arrived at the RAPS No. 5 Rd. shelter as a feral kitten.

Scared of people and given to lashing out in response, Spitz couldn't be adopted out as a youngster. Instead, she was brought to the cat sanctuary where she could have a safe place to live without being obliged to have more contact with humans than she was comfortable with.

Spitz later got past feeling so threatened she had to lash out at people, and she opted to switch to simple avoidance tactics. She would allow staff to catch her if necessary, but vastly preferred to watch human activities from a safe place.

More recently, Leslie says in the last year or so, Spitz has become much more comfortable with people -- so much so that when I met her on Monday, I had no idea that she was a former feral and wondered why I hadn't noticed this pretty, friendly girl before. Not only did she not mind me patting her, but she actively encouraged the attention.


  1. She was the first feral kitten I tamed! :-)

  2. Once she gets to know you, she'll do circles around your feet and rub against your legs. It's quite endearing if a little difficult to navigate through. :)

  3. The circles around your feet are so cute and she'll let you pick her up for a few seconds - till she wriggles down. She doesn't bite or scratch though - has become sooo sweet.

  4. I've picked her up a lot lately, and also have had her sitting on my lap. She isn't quite sure what to do, but isn't fighting to get down. She's taming up so nicely - beautiful girl. Bev