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, April 22, 2013


Blue came to RAPS in December of last year via a Vancouver shelter. He needed a place to live with facilities to care for cats with feline leukemia, which he unfortunately has.

The first thing that struck us about Blue was his good looks. But he didn't waste much time showing us that he's got a great personality to go with that stunning coat and those beautiful blue eyes.

Based on an anecdote that Gaye told me, Blue doesn't just save his personality for his human carers, either. One of the other cats in the building was in failing health and soon to be taken on a final trip to the vet. Apparently sensing something was off, the other cats would either stay away or even act hostile, but not Blue. Even though he was still pretty new to the sanctuary at the time, he approached the sick cat and gave a gentle rub as he went by.

One thing Blue is less fond of is a big camera, so I unfortunately couldn't get as many portrait shots of him as I would have liked, but even from a few candids, it's clear what a lovely cat he is.


  1. I want to take him home !!! Him and Smoochy!!

  2. What a handsome caring boy. LOVE. :)

  3. He and Butterbean seem to be good friends, I always find them together when I visit. Very sweet!

  4. I wish I could take them all home...thank goodness for places like RAPS..

  5. im the person who brought Blue to the sanctuary last december. him and 2 other homeless cats were living on my front porch. i already had 4 indoor cats of my own so i coulndt take in 3 more. i took the 3 cats to my vet and thats when i found out that BLUE had leukemia. i was desperate to find him a home. many shelters refused him because of his leukemia. RAPS accepted and im so happy that they did. they helped saved his life. Blue is such a wonderful cat that deserves the best