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, November 29, 2013

Everybody loved Mario

As many of you have probably heard, either directly from friends at RAPS or via the RAPS Facebook page, the sanctuary lost one of our most prominent residents this week: our dear Mario.

Mario was famously loved by the other cats at the sanctuary, and would rarely be seen without a few members of his harem trailing after him as he sauntered around the place or tucking themselves in around him whenever he paused somewhere for a snooze. Shy ferals were particularly fond of him, and his laid-back ways even taught a few of them to like us humans a bit too. 

Sadly, all the love in the world, both human and feline, couldn't stop the cancer that took him away from us. 

Mario was such a big presence at the sanctuary that we'll all be feeling his absence for a long time to come. Here are a few photos from the past months celebrating our Romeo and showing him in all his glory, surrounded by cat friends who adored him.

Thanks for all you've done big, fluffy, gentle buddy. We'll miss you like crazy.


  1. RIP, have fun over Rainbow bridge!
    Such a handsome fellow

  2. I like to think of him reunited with his old buddy, Howie, at the Rainbow Bridge. It won't be the same without this lovely guy around!

  3. I know my mom will miss him too.
    Karen Macdonald

  4. He was truly our treasure & what a handsome guy. So many of the cats treated him like either a Celebrity or Royalty, they loved him so much. Such a laid back, loving nature & we truly will miss this great big sweetheart. Hope you are romping in heaven with a new harem! All whole again & pain-free.

  5. This was actually from June & Lee who are KC'S. We were not able to sign our names so chose anonymous.