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 1, 2013


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.


  1. Hey, there's hope for him! Think of Gunther... and Bossanova... and Kojak... and DELL (with whom I shared cuddles this morning!)
    Come on, Smithy - calm down, and you'll get out to enjoy this Club Med for cats!

  2. what a nice kitty...poor thing I hope him the best at Club Med for kitties!

  3. Quite often he will be on the floor of his cage hissing at me while I drop a few temptations. He likes those and even mewed at me once for more...then hissed when he got them. Time, patience and love will bring him around.