Leave all to us.
This is the reprint from CAPIN activity report.
We get phone calls very often.
“Can you accept a dog?”
“A cat is abandoned. Can I give it to the shelter?”
We also receive e-mails and faxes.
Normal people have problems.
They cry out for help, but there are no organizations and systems to help abandoned pets in this country.
If we must refuse it, they say;
“Then I'll bring it to the welfare center.”
“Then I have to kill it.”
Confronted with such threatening words, we have to face difficult choices.
The national and local governments don’t take responsibility for stray dogs and stray cats.
If the owner doesn’t come, they are killed in the animal welfare center after just a few days.
This is the solution of the government.
They said that disposition means not only killing but transfer.
But the overwhelming majority is killed.
If non-official organizations like us don’t protect them, they go to the animal welfare center, and are killed in a few days.
But we also have various problems, like lack of workers, space, and money, and we can’t accept them all.
Of course we want to help all of them, but if we can’t continue our activity, our dogs and cats in the shelter wouldn’t have any place to go, and they would be killed too.
That would mean transfer to the animal welfare center.
In fact, the dogs and cats that were rescued by our board of governors from Tsukuba city, riverbank of Senko Hanabi afflicted area, don’t have any place to go if we have to close the shelter.
We don’t know if someone will share this responsibility, or someone would offer emergency rescue.
If the representative dies, all those dogs and cats will be killed.
This is the reality of typical animal shelters.
It's place to deal with life, and it's necessary to take care of them every day.
We have to feed them, go for walks, clean, and play with them.
The dogs and cats await our care.
We manage the shelter together even if we also have to care for parents or children, have work, or get sick, we can’t just stop.
Slowly we lose volunteers.
Any job is difficult to continue, but the animal shelter simply must continue.
Because we take responsibility for life.
This is a fact, that we deal with living things and life.
This is not just working with material objects.
The responsibility is heavy, and there are so many difficulties.
The shelter is necessary to help them.
It is also a base for information exchange.
We will continue the shelter, despite the difficulties.
The physical labor is hard, but more than that, this work is emotionally so heavy.
We have chosen to face the fate of these dogs and cats..
Sadly there are some people who force the responsibility onto us.
“You have to accept them because you have a shelter.”
“They will help if you call them.”
“They have enough money.”
“They're getting donations. So they have to pay the medical expense for dogs and cats that were rescued by individual volunteers.”
It's not only the local government, police and general people.
Even self-styled volunteers leave the responsibility to us.
We have duties as volunteers.
There are so many troubles that after the rescue, they leave dogs and cats to someone to care for without paying medical expenses.
Among volunteers, we don’t neglect responsibility.
A person who rescues dogs and cats takes responsibility until finding a host family.
If a volunteer has to ask someone to take care of the dogs and cats, this volunteer has to pay the medical expenses, and participate in the adoption event, and then has to transfer the animal to the new family.
These are unspoken rules between volunteers who understand the difficulty.
This is to avoid problems like the neglect of responsibility by general people and the local government.
But still even among the volunteers, someone occasionally leaves the responsibility to others.
One volunteer offered to donate a cage and asked our address.
Then she left 2 cats in a carry bag.
We found it out because of a monitoring camera.
There are so many things that happen in this activity.
I am so sorry to talk about complaints.
What I'm trying to say is that the time has come to require public animal shelters.
Everyone wants to save dogs and cats.
No one, not the animal welfare centers, local governments, or police, want to kill dogs and cats.
It is shameful that the number killed is so high.
But there are no places to protect them.
No one knows how to find host families.
The medical expenses are a significant burden.
So everyone thinks organizations like ours, which have tools and know-how, can help free of charge.
We need to change the situation, as NGOs don’t have any support from local government, and have to manage with whatever donation we can muster up, making up for shortfalls with money out of our own pockets.
At least, I think, it should be ok to pay for the rent of the shelters, vaccinations, and sterilization, from tax.
There is high public interest.
This is why many people ask us to help.
For example, someone in Furukawa city asked us for urgent rescue, but finally they left us all their problems.
When we got a call, we asked Mofuna-san to check it out.Mofuna-san saw a real need for help, this dog needed urgent protection.
But no one would take responsibility for the necessary medical treatment and care after the rescue.
Nonetheless, she said let’s protect this dog. I will handle it somehow.
Alas, I understood how she felt.
The person who called can’t pay any of the fees, and can’t come to the shelter as a volunteer.
Unfortunately this person didn’t use even a little of their own time and energy in assistance.
This person just wanted help.
If the choice is to help or abandon, there's no choice other than offering assistance.
This forces us to act like some kind of animal police.
But why did the neighbors ignore the problem?
Why didn't the animal welfare center offer guidance before the situation got worse?
The owner abandoned responsibility.
This dog had to stay in the hospital, and have an operation.
It had not been taken for a walk in 5 years, and was emaciated, with so many tumors.
It cost over 100,000 yen for the examination and operation.
There is another tumor in it's belly.
It might undergo another operation after getting back it's strength.
This dog got out of the hospital on 20th, and Mofuna-san is, for the time being, taking care of it in her house.
His name of Jack. He's under medical care.
He enjoys going for walks, a pleasure that he hadn’t had in 5 years.
Following the rescue is a long road to recovery.
There are so many difficulties.
Bred thoughtlessly, kept carelessly, animals will be born to suffer. Irresponsibility should not be allowed.
In Ibaraki prefecture, many owners don’t go for walks with their dogs, and leave them in the cages without water.
Ibaraki is the worst prefecture in regard to killing dogs and cats.
Dogs and cats that must live in such places suffer greatly.
So do the volunteers who take on those difficulties.
Dogs and cats don’t have any words to complain.
But I do.
So please forgive me for starting the morning with complaints about such a heavy matter.
TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital Sterilization implementation count for February 2014.
Cats female 72
Cats male 58
Dogs female 4
Dogs male 0
In February there were some cats which were already pregnant.
Cat-care volunteers are making great efforts for TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return).
TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital makes every effort to accept as many cats as possible for sterilization.
We have to do more sterilization, and reduce the killing of dogs and cats.
Also, veterinarians are necessary for the sterilization.
TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital doesn’t have enough veterinarians.
If you know of someone, please share this information.
Even one day a week is helpful.
★From Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
We always wish the happiness of owners and the cats.
This is very dangerous kind of accident for anyone.Please be careful.
※This is an x-ray photo of a cat which swallowed a needle, with thread.
With the thread still attached, the needle has stuck through from bottom to top.
The owner can’t take this out.
This cat has a habit of playing and taking things in it's mouth.
Please do not leave dangerous materials laying around.
Also I have heard that when someone changed the toilet sand to bigger sand, this cat swallowed that, and it collected in the bowels, necessitating an operation.
※This is a case in which a cat ate many things from the trash box.
Rubbish from fried chicken was in this trash box.
Paper napkin, plastic, and a rubber band were taken out during the operation.
We have to be careful about things which have a cat’s favorite smell.
This cat was too skinny.
The owner gave it food in the amount written on the food bag.
This cat is adult but only 2kg.He/she was always hungry and ate something from the trash box because of the smell of fried chicken.
The education and the knowledge of the owner is so important.
★Fukushima afflcted cattleThis is life.They need a roof to avoid rain and snow, and also food to live.Please support them.
Furusatoto kokorowo mamorukai.
We can buy 20kg of timothy grass for 4000-5000 yen.
But the huge grass role requires transportation, which is too expensive for us to afford.
Until Spring comes, please support us!
Amazon wish list
TO: 015-433 Hirono center
NAME: Furusato Kokorowo Mamorukai
On February 20.
We want to make a cowshed for the cattle to protect them from rain and snow.
But we don’t have enough money........We planned to make a cheap but strong one, as in the following photo.
It cost about 120,000 yen.
At this moment, we can afford only 30,000 yen.
Please support our efforts for the comfortable life of 3 cattle families.
Please lend us a hand in cooperation.
Yucho bank 10130-10226141
Mizuho bank: Ikejiri Ohashi 1102690
Furusatoto kokorowo mamorukai
“Satooya Café” (foster parent café) open soon!
1-24-1 Ebara, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo10 minutes by foot from Musashikoyama station
On February 28, 2 energetic men from Seinen Kyogikai visited TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.
Also, adorable kittens from Fukushima Nyanda Guard came for sterilization.
It starts soon!
Satooya Café will open at Ebara, Shinagawa-ku, which is close to our Togoshi adoption/fund-raising event place.
After the rescue in Fukushima, those cats will go into the shelter of Nyanda Guard.
If some cats find new families in this Satooya Cafe, other cats will come from Nyanda Guard.Then we can rescue more from Fukushima.
This is from the Rescue project in the planned nationalization area, Okuma and Futaba.
Please offer some support.
From the blog of Nyanda Guard.
We think that there are 50-100 cats left in the planned nationalization area in Okuma and Futaba.
It seems about 1000 cats are left in 5 other towns just outside the 20km area from FukushimaⅠ Nuclear Power Plant.
We don’t understand why cats so severely affected by the accident of nuclear power plant are not protected.
We want to hurry to rescue such afflicted cats, before the government nationalizes Okuma and Futaba to make the interim storage facility.
We Inuneko Kyusainowa, together with other associations and individual volunteers, never rest in our efforts to rescue them.