Rescue activity in Fukushima

January 10th, 2012

I saw too many pets in the off-limits area between December 20 and 27, 2011. We couldn’t rescue them all, and we had to make very difficult decisions. The rescue activity with Yokohama Animal Family was for cats whose owners had commissioned us, and injured, weakened cats.

But still, there were too many cats. On the 4th day, we rescued over 50 cats. If we set the capture cage in the yard of an owner’s house, many cats went in, one after another. I imagine the cats in the off-limits area numbering over 5,000. The breeding season is coming soon. Struggling to reduce the number of ill-fated lives, we rescued as many cats as we could, for sterilization.

I expected this situation, so we prepared 2 more shelters in Fukushima, for 20 cats. 70 was really the limit for us. So after 70, I instructed to the staff to leave animals that were not for the owner’s commission. The 70th cat was captured in Okuma-machi near the nuclear plant. We couldn’t find the owner’s cat at the same place. We don’t know if we can come back or not. It was so difficult for the staff to leave that cat.

The cat in the off-limits area is thin. I saw 3 cats that had one arm tucked up into the collar. The collar had aggravated the skin, and give out a foul smell.

January 9-1



The cat goes into the capture cage with a last‐ditch effort. The weaker cats can’t stay in Fukushima, so we brought them on to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Our doctor urgently performed the operation, late into night.

We already have so many cats, but we prepared one room for Yokohama Animal Family’s shelter. This prevents us from doing the pet hotel business, by which we could otherwise earn funds. However, with your support, I founded TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital not for business, but for animal welfare,. I think we're doing the right thing. Considering the number of remaining lives at risk, 69 is very few. But uniting with Yokohama Animal Family, we got excellent results. Again, I thank you so much for all of your logistical support.

The rescued cats are now in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and our doctors and volunteers are taking care of their health. From now on, we have to find the owners, and host families. It will be a slow process. It would be great if you could keep supporting us with donations, cat food, and toilet sand. Also we always need volunteers to keep dogs and cats in a good environment. Thank you so much.


We need your help!
Your donation allows us to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the off-limits area. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us.
Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa


If you want to support us in taking care of dogs and cats, please contact us!

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

16 private animal rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in the off-limits area. (Nikkei news paper, January 6th, 2012)

January 8th, 2012

16 private animal rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in the off-limits area. (Nikkei news paper, January 6th, 2012)

On January 6th, the Ministry of Environment reported that 16 private rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in December from the 20 km off-limits area. The Ministry of Environment had accepted their demand for permission to go into the off-limits area. 16 parties were granted the permission and went into the off-limits area from December 7th to 27th, 2011.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital opposes the petition to revise the regulation for “prohibition of feeding” by the shopping street federation in Osaka, Nishi-ku.

January 3rd, 2011

A shopping street federation in Osaka, Nishi-ku, sent in a petition to the Osaka Municipal Government. The issue is that they are having trouble with cats, including house cats. The cats gather in the arcade, and it becomes their toilet. The arcade has been soiled, and costs a lot to clean. Osaka-city has started a supporter system for cats in the park. This is to pursue proper administration of cats in park since April in 2011. But the cats are not just in the park. Osaka city's system is not ideal, we can't dedend on it. We urgently ask you to assist with the disposal of droppings, or work towards revising the regulation.

Please consider putting into effect the disposal of excreta in the arcade, in addition to the park. If assistance cannot be offered, please reconsider and withdraw the regulation inflicting penalties for the feeding of homeless cats outside the designated area.

Here is our position on this petition. We oppose this petition to revise the regulation for “prohibition of feeding”.

The reason is as follows;

In Osaka-city, they have been taking measures to stop the increase of homeless cats, and also for the disposal of excreta. This has just begun. At this point the most important thing is to continue on with these policies, expand the applied area, and make it easy to cooperate with the system. To revise the regulation is unnecessary, and would be premature at this moment.

A measure by Osaka-city has verified significant tends with a questionnaire survey in 2010. 64.7% of residents said excreta damage has decreased. 73.1% said noise problems have decreased. 61.5% said the number of problematic cats decreased.
This measure is still in progress. If prohibition against feeding becomes a regulation, carrying a penalty, this would certainly create problems for the volunteers and supporters. Thus cooperation will decrease, and the supporter system could collapse. This system is getting the attention of some local governments. The immediate priority should be to concentrate on making this system more effective.

It is very rude and incomprehensible for a member of the municipal assembly to demand that Osaka-city prohibit feeding, as per the petition of Nishi-ku shopping street federation, in the restricted area.

Many local governments in Japan are struggling to cope with issues concerning homeless cats. To prohibit feeding would now would be untimely, counter-productive.
The shopping street federation demands assistance for disposal of excreta due to the expense to cleaning. The administration needs to research the actual situation, and find a solution. But a member of the municipal assembly demands the rush to enact a law to prohibit feeding. To enact law is not so easy. If someone is punished for feeding, it means this law makes criminals of residents. It could possibly be in violation of human rights.

The trouble is not only the homeless cats, but includes house cats. Therefore we must give priority to educating the owners. At the same time, please research the situation of sterilization and feeding, and then take measures regarding these. Before revising the regulation, it is first necessary to go step by step.

It would be a problem under the law to prohibit feeding of protected animals. If there is the inclusion of penalty, it would be more problem.

Please think through this for yourself, and share your opinions with Osaka-city.

Welfare bureau in Osaka-city. TEL 06-6208-9996 FAX 06-6232-0364

テーマ : 動物愛護
ジャンル : ペット

New Year with Gigi

January 1st, 2012

The New Year has started. I ran as much as I could through 2011. I'll keep going for this year as well. I want to thank all of you who have been supporting me. I wish you a very happy new year.

Akiko Yui


New Year with Gigi

Gigi is an old dog, thought to be over 15 years old. He was rescued in Fukushima. He's terribly skinny, had difficulty standing up. He's now improving, and we were going to find a host family for the remainder of his life. But he has a heart problem, as well as filarial disease. We decided to keep him, as our family, in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. He loves people and can be happy with anyone. He likes to follow the volunteers. A very gentle dog.




テーマ : 動物愛護
ジャンル : ペット



About Us

Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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