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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Tuzzi (as in Bertuzzi) is a delightful 11-year old boy who came to live at the cat sanctuary earlier this month. He was unable to adjust when a baby came into his life, and responded to the intrusion with a compulsion to pee everywhere. After trying everything they could think of to solve the problem (including a visit to the vet to check for possible medical causes), Tuzzi's people made the tough choice of surrendering him.

I'm sure many of us wish we could just explain to cats who feel compelled to express themselves this way that it's just not going to work out the way that any of us would hope... but sadly, we can't.

On a brighter note, Tuzzi's friendly personality has already won him some human admirers at the cat sanctuary. It's not the same as being in a home and part of a family, but at least he won't have to worry about feeling friendless.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Springtime at the cat sanctuary

It's that time of year again -- the days are getting longer, the weather's starting to get warmer... and the sanctuary cats are starting to spend more of their time enjoying the outdoor areas at the RAPS sanctuary. Here are a few photos of them enjoying a pleasant evening this week.

our new greenery in the front courtyard is starting to show us some green

Lana, Salty, and Mistletoe