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, February 9, 2011


When Luigi first came to the RAPS sanctuary, he was living in the front courtyard area. He had what Leslie describes as "a water fetish," delighting in splashing his paws in the large water dishes set out for the cats. When he'd had enough, he'd wander off to use a litter box, resulting in so much of the clumping litter stuck to his legs that staff would have to step in. I hear the trips to the sink to wash all the litter out of his fur and from between his toes were a delight for all involved... Not so much.

These days Luigi has moved from the front yard to the back. He had apparently campaigned so much to get into this area that had been previously barred to him that staff eventually decided to give in and let him have his way. He can often be found on a comfy perch in the doublewide where he can easily attract the attention of passersby when he's in the mood for a cuddle.

Give him a little of the requested attention and you'll be rewarded with not only some quality cuddles in return, but an impressive repertoire of upside down and sideways cat poses that can be highly entertaining.


  1. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

  2. I remember Luigi from my first day volunteering at the sanctuary. He followed me all over the back, both that day and the next. What a lovely friend =3

  3. That front yard cat back yard cat rule?
    The cats always win it in the long run.
    Amuses me trying to enforce it until the rule changes for the next cat.

  4. Would like to thank all volunteers working at the RAPS. You people are just so kind to the poor cats.

  5. My little Midnight, a blackie, also has a water fetish and the litter clumping on her paws. I was finding litter everywhere and she really didn't want me to clean it off her paws either! So I switched to Yesterday's News the recycled newspaper litter. She's clump free and well read!!!!

    I don't know if you can make that work for Luigi

    Black cats still rule!!!! Karen M

  6. Thanks for the comments and Luigi anecdotes, all! Always love to hear your stories.