Cat Sanctuary

Henrik, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

The Feline Sedins are not retiring from the Sanctuary!

Henrik hiding, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Henrik hiding

Back in 2006, RAPS founder Carol Reichert trapped two handsome ginger boys under an east Richmond shed, and brought them to the Sanctuary. And what else can you do with a pair like this other than name them for the Canucks’ most famous redheads!

Daniel and Henrik (feline version) were a pretty feral pair, and joined the rest of the front courtyard crowd of cats who prefer to steer clear of humans. The majority of those cats hang out in what’s known as the old Rabbit Area, where the shelves are all covered, giving lots of secure hiding spaces for the wary inhabitants.

Our two ginger brothers are beloved inhabitants of the front area of the Sanctuary; Henrik’s life is a little quieter these days, but Daniel shows no sign of retiring from action.
Daniel, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Daniel

In the years around their arrival the Sanctuary was particularly busy;  there was a big influx of cats who were displaced by construction around the city, and more and more places where feral cats had been hiding out were either no longer available to them, or the human caretakers felt that cats would be safer elsewhere. Photos from round 2006-2008 make it clear that we were swamped with feline residents, and it was very easy for cats like these two to vanish into anonymity.

Henrik, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Henrik

By the beginning of the second decade the tide was turning, prompted mainly by an ageing population. Cats who had arrived in the early years of the Sanctuary as mature adults were beginning to fail, and many were lost to the inevitable onset of kidney disease, cancer and other conditions.  Sad as this was, it meant that many cats who had previously managed to stay invisible were now being tracked, both for their health and for possible socializing. A blood test during a vet check showed that Henrik had tested positive for feline leukemia.

Daniel & Cloverleaf, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Daniel & Cloverleaf

Daniel, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Classic Daniel cuddle-puddle

This was the period in which the Val Jones corner of the courtyard was cordoned off and attached to the Old Aids area, housing the leukemia cats. Henrik was settled there, and made himself at home with friends like Esme, Mocha, Savannah and GusGus. All have now passed, but Henrik is still in good condition – the virus has affected his immune system in the form of mouth ulcers, and they can be treated with medication, though that in turn causes him to put on weight (and he is NOT a small cat!)

Daniel & Sarah, RAPS Cat Sanctuary

Daniel & Sarah

His brother Daniel has continued living with the other ferals. He is more sociable than Henrik, and usually has a buddy or two (or three) following him around, head-butting and snuggling happily. Cloverleaf is usually the favoured friend, but Sarah, Jamie, or newcomer Figaro also like to be in on the action, either out in the courtyard or in the Hill House. In the last while Daniel has also become more sociable with people; Henrik continues shy, though he will accept attention when offered – especially when treats are part of the package.

Our two ginger brothers are beloved inhabitants of the front area of the Sanctuary; Henrik’s life is a little quieter these days, but Daniel shows no sign of retiring from action.

Written by Brigid Coult
All photos by Michele Wright, Furry Friends Photography

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