RAPS is short for Richmond 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, March 12, 2010


Anyone who's spent much time in double wide trailer at the sanctuary has probably come across Booster.

She likes to perch on the edge of the cage tops and holler for your attention. The sound of her insistent, at times relentless meowing is something Ann likens to the bleating of a sheep.

For anyone who's having trouble conjuring up that particular auditory experience and has better things to do than look it up, please take 6 seconds of your time to view the following:

And here it is in Boostervision:

If I were to go and visit Booster every time she yelled for me during my shift, the other cats would never get their dinner. But - ignore her too long at your own risk. In a funny yet face palm worthy anecdote, Phaedra's punishment for taking too long to respond to this needy kitty's cries for attention was to have Booster sit right in front of her and make a deposit in the food dish. And Booster's punishment in turn was to get smacked in the head by a disgusted Tinkerbelle.

Despite her behavior above, Booster doesn't seem overly comfortable with the idea of other cats even potentially doing anything similar. Ann remembers "one time when she was crying from the top, as usual, and Pee Wee walked by her. Booster took off like a shot when she "encountered " Pee Wee's , um, backside."

This girl really does love human attention, even if she rarely troubles to come down to floor level to receive it. You may find her on one of the lower cat tree perches where it's easier to pet her properly or give her treats, but a lot of times she'll just yell from the top and some convincing may be needed to get her to venture down to somewhere slightly more accessible.

Phaedra describes Booster well: "She's sweet, she's noisy, she's needy and she's nuts."
She adds that she thinks Booster is one of those cats who "would be a lot different in a single cat household."

For those cats who really enjoy human company, it's got to be hard to have to constantly compete with a rabble of dozens, even hundreds, of other cats. Can't really blame a girl for coming across a little on the needy side or even acting out now and again.


  1. She is cute. I miss her demanding meows.

  2. I love reading about these beauties! If I were to adopt one(which I might) what are your top 10 most Adoptable cats

    if you could do a story about Bree that'd be great!!!

  3. Barbara - I added a Booster-meow video, just for you :)

    K. - Yes, I'd be happy to do a post as a follow-up to Marianne's article in the February RAPSity News (http://www.rapsociety.com/newsletters/rapsityfeb2010/us1.campaign-archive.com.htm). Just have to research a little.

    As for a top 10 most adoptable cats, I can only give a VERY incomplete listing based on cats I've personally had a chance to spend some time getting to know. Let's call it my "top 10 list of cats I'd adopt myself if I wasn't already at capacity."
    In no particular order:
    Ricky & Cleo

  4. Still the FUNNIEST. STORY. EVER!
    Ann J