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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A snowy day at the cat sanctuary

Today's snowfall took many of us in the Lower Mainland by surprise, but of course the sanctuary cats took it all in stride. Most decided inside was the nicest place to be, but there were a few intrepid (or simply stubborn) holdouts.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Update: Terry

When I first wrote about Terry in October 2011, he was a shy boy who occasionally allowed pats but much more often could be found perched on high shelves from which he'd smack any would-be visitors.

Since then, he's gradually overcome much of his shyness. These days he's comfortable sitting on tables and lower shelves that put him much closer to humans. And far from seeming threatened or even put out by the prospect of human interaction, he actually seems to welcome it.

He even talks. It's not loud, but if you give him a gentle pat on the head, he responds with the most adorabe little "Mmh."

Friday, February 7, 2014


Kirara came to RAPS last year along with several other cats from the same household. They all live together in one of the back pens.

That particular pen has a number of friendly cats, so any visit there turns into a bit of a group visit. I got to spend a little one-on-one time with Kirara this week when she was brought into the doublewide so med staff could give her a check-up.

She's a sweet girl, and even though she didn't know me very well, she was happy to receive chin scratches, lifted her tail for back strokes, and gave relaxed yawns in between cuddles.