Cat Sanctuary

25 Cats for 25 Years – Daisy

This is RAPS’ 25th year of saving and improving the lives of animals.

RAPS began (as Richmond Homeless Cats), in 1995, with a small group of tireless volunteers who humanely trapped and spayed or neutered feral and stray cats in Richmond. Since then, we have grown into one of Canada’s largest and most innovative no-kill animal-serving organizations.

To celebrate, we’re highlighting 25 of the most unforgettable cats (past and present!) that we have cared for and loved at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.

Today: Daisy

Daisy’s story is one of those defining ones for a successful no-kill animal shelter. She was found unconscious by the side of a road in Burnaby by a kind-hearted woman who took her in to the SPCA. The little cat revived, but was so frightened and unfriendly that her roadside rescuer was worried she’d be judged to have very low adoption potential and have to be euthanized. This was not at all what the woman who’d found her had in mind, and so this little cat, now named Daisy, came to the RAPS Cat Sanctuary. There, she could take all the time she needed to recover from her fear-aggression and let her real personality show. And in this, she outshone anything anyone could have expected. Daisy blossomed and quickly became a favorite of volunteers and visitors who carry her in their arms like a baby. When she passed away, seven years later, her friends remembered her as “one of those cats who bounced through life; watching her trot off to the next item of business never failed to bring a smile, and she would levitate up to a table or a lap with little effort.”

Photo: Michele Wright, Furry Friends Photography