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.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Tux has been at the cat sanctuary for years. One of Gaye's favourites (and no doubt a few other people's), this is a gentle, friendly boy who has gotten even more affectionate as he gets older.

Amazingly, it's only been quite recently that I met him properly. The strangeness of this must of occurred to him too, as he finally decided to take matters into his own hands paws:

My attention thus grabbed, we became friends in no time. (For anyone who still wonders why cats like Cookie and Prince so often take the reach-up-and-grab approach to getting attention, they do it because it so often works.)

I wondered how it could have taken me so long to get to know Tux. Gaye told me that he has a tendency to wait for people to approach him rather than coming forward himself. Among all the cats in the front courtyard who are quite quick to close in on human visitors, demanding attention, I suppose it's not so surprising that it took me a while to find the more polite Tux in the mix. Fortunately, Gaye says he started to put himself forward more after the Sunday afternoons when the sanctuary is open to the public started bringing in more visitors (and with them, more treats).


  1. Once he knows you he will be pawing your leg more and more for whatever you're doling out be it love or treats or w/e.

  2. RIP, sweet boy - no doubt waiting at the Bridge in a warm patch of sun...

  3. I'll miss you my dear boy... I'm sorry I didn't spend more time with you last week... I will always remember your sweet face, and every moment we shared. I remember dancing and you'd dance with me, pawing at my legs. I will never forget you. May you find peace at the Rainbow Bridge...