Wally is a late summer arrival from VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association). He is a large tuxedo guy at the ripe age of 10 years. His glorious black coat has random hairs of white, resembling snowflakes and big white feet to match. Wally’s face has the typical street cat look of tomcat jowls, slightly tattered ears, scraggly whiskers, and scowling eyes. No wonder he was a tough nut to crack.
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.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
|Chumley, Siskel and hissy Roland - KN|
|Sweet Rodan is a barn-cat who loves people - MW|
|Sprocket was still wary - MW|
|Sprocket with best buddy Pumpkin - MW|
|Rocket spent a lot of time hiding and peeking out at us - LBF|
Rocket, on the other hand, buddied up with a bunch of FIV+ cats who were as feral as he was, and for some time, all we would see of him would be a disappearing tail. He knew every hiding place in the pen, and when he finally ventured into the cabin, it was to get as high up and out of the way as possible. It has taken a lot of patient work on the part of Kitty-Comforters and volunteers, but he is now allowing himself to be found within reach, and to be petted and given treats. The boy who wouldn’t allow us to look at him is now rumbling like a motor when stroked, and starting to look for attention.
|Now the bum goes up for petting! - KN|
In the summer of 2019 a growing colony of cats was tracked down and trapped in the same area. All the youngest ones were tamed and adopted out; but a group of then-adolescents were too old for taming to be an easy prospect and were popped into Pen 6. The majority of the colony were black – the two males we think were the primary sires (Zeus and Pax) were black, but there were a number of tortie females – and there’s that genetic link for the red colouring.
|Mercury spent his time hiding from us - LBF|
One of shyest of the teens was an orange boy we called Mercury, and as he has grown, and become less terrified of us, it’s become obvious that he is related to Sprocket and Rocket, though he’s at least a year younger. We’ve occasionally encountered Mercury and Sprocket staring at each other through the gate like mirror images.
|Now he's allowing us to get much closer - LBF|
Right now, the Pen 6 cats are still too wary to be released, but they are making steady progress, with play and food on offer. When they finally emerge, I will look forward to watching the two ginger boys meet in person!
|Not much doubt that these two are related! - KN/LBF|
Blog by Brigid Coult
Photos by Lisa Brill-Friesen & Karen Nicholson
Thursday, January 7, 2021
No, not the holiday chocolate variety… but they could be!
|Domino & Amaretto - PC|
|Domino - MW|
|Domino - KN|
|Favourite grass-play - KN|
|Enjoying sunshine - LBF|
|Domino in the flower-pot - PC|
|I can stare longer than you... - KN|
|Amaretto - MW|
|High in the corner - PH|
|Hey, you up there? - KN|
|Advancing with purpose - KN|
Blog by Pauline Chin
Photos by Lisa Brill-Friesen, Pauline Chin, Phaedra Hardman,
Karen Nicholson, Michele Wright