Poosie came to the RAPS sanctuary in January at the age of around four and a half years.
She was found by her owner as a kitten around the Abbotsford Airport. All was good for the first couple of years, but then Poosie started acting aggressively. It got to the point that, when her owner had to go out of town, he could no longer get people to look after her because they were scared of her. Even her owner ended up buying Poosie a collar with a bell-- just so he'd have some warning when she was coming his way.
I understand that Poosie was taken to the vet to check if there was any medical cause for her behaviour, but nothing was found. Eventually, her owner had to make the difficult choice of giving her up.
At the sanctuary, staff were understandably cautious at first, but have had no incidents. As with other potentially anxious cats, though, visitors are warned to keep their time with her short and sweet and to avoid "overpetting" her.
RAPS is short for Richmond Animal Protection Society, a registered charity and operator of a sanctuary which houses and cares for more than 400 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.