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.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Mr. Pink (a.k.a. Mr. Pink Nose) came to the cat sanctuary via the No. 5 Rd. shelter, where he'd been too shy with visitors to be easily adopted.
I asked Leslie to introduce me to him earlier this week after a fellow volunteer (thanks, Katie!) had requested Mr. Pink Nose as a possible subject for our 2014 calendar. Leslie said Phaedra had named him, but wasn't sure what inspired the name (if anything other than his cute pink nose). Volunteer Kim and I thought this was a cute enough name, but also couldn't help thinking how fun it would be if his name was simply Mr. Pink, which would have been a great pop culture reference to Steve Buscemi's character in the film Reservoir Dogs.
When I checked with Phaedra, it turns out that she's always called him Mr. Pink and had indeed had the film in mind when she named him. Apparently when Phaedra had first attempted to make contact with him, Mr. Pink bit her really hard... The action was not repeated, though, and they've since become good friends. These days, she says a more descriptive name for him would be "Mr. Flip" or "Mr. Flop" from the way he tries to get attention and belly rubs.
Mr. Pink isn't a small cat, but Phaedra says that for all his size, he's very gentle and can even be quite timid of noise or if there's any bullying going on. She's also noticed that the younger, smaller cats in the singlewide where he lives seem to adore him.