Did you know that one of the largest cat sanctuaries in North America is right in our back yard? Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) has given shelter, food and care to thousands of homeless and abandoned cats in BC’s Lower Mainland since 1995. Though the name changed in 2005 (previously known as Richmond Homeless Cats Society), the heart of the sanctuary remains the same. Home to hundreds of cats at any given time, the RAPS cat sanctuary finds homes for kitties considered adopable and also provides long-term housing for feral cats that would not do well in a home situation or cats with immune compromising diseases such as FIV or Felv. The sanctuary is maintained by 100 volunteers that are dedicated to the care and well being of all its feline residents.
Did you know you that you can go hang out with the cats? People are encouraged to come visit the kitties (your lap won’t stay empty for long, we promise!) every Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm when the sanctuary opens its doors to the public. Remember to bring a bag of treats (or several!). If you would like to make any donations: cat food, cat litter, cat toys, cleaning supplies, etc. are always welcome.
Some of our staff members have been visiting the sanctuary for several years and we have to agree: Even if you are not looking to adopt a cat at this time, it’s a pretty wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
For more information or to donate, check out the RAPS cat sanctuary website here. And if you would like to visit on a Sunday afternoon, contact the shelter for the address of the cat sanctuary.