The owners of 13-year-old Alex couldn't look after him anymore, so they asked RAPS to take him. The No. 5 Rd. shelter had a particularly large number of cats at the time, so asked the owners if they could wait until there was a bit more room. The owners felt they couldn't wait, and looked into euthanization as an option because they were worried about him facing an unknown fate elsewhere. Luckily, vet staff called RAPS.
Alex now lives at the sanctuary. He's not too happy about this. Since his arrival in late July he's settled down from being very upset to being potentially a nice cat but still one to be approached very slowly. A visit that starts with nuzzles and rubs quickly turns to tail flicks and angry noises when he's had enough of sharing his cage with a visitor.
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.