When Smithy arrived at the RAPS cat sanctuary just before Christmas last year, this was as much as we saw of him:
Smithy is a feral and a particularly wild one at that. Even now, a few months later, his cage is still off limits to all but RAPS medical staff, as Smithy expresses his fear and mistrust of humans by lunging and spitting.
He's been getting a little bit better in the past month, in that he will occasionally venture out from behind his drape to the open part of his shelf where he can be seen. He still hisses angrily at anyone who actually looks at him, of course, but at least he's gotten brave enough to face us.
Hey, it's a start.
RAPS is short for Richmond 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.