Today is the 4th year since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.

March 11, 2015
Today is the 4th year since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Today is the 4th year since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Let me say a few words on this occasion, in particular concerning the future prospects of Inuneko Kyusainowa as it relates to Fukushima.

I sincerely thank the supporters who continue to enable the the rescue of suffering animals in such a severe time.

It’s been 4 years since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
It’s been 4 years since I have been dashing about in Fukushima.
And now.
I want to tell you what I am thinking now.

When I started this activity in Fukushima, I thought it could be completed in 3 years.
But the first year, the second year…I couldn’t foresee the future.
Still now, so many lives are left, and it is not possible to stop this activity.

However, I sometimes feel the limits of my age and strength.
I often felt my life would be over before the lives of these animals.

The activity in Fukushima has no end.
But I wanted to get closer to some kind of resolution.
Now I can see that my body can be used one more year.
My body and mind are so exhausted.
But I can get by with volunteers who do this activity with me.
Each time, so many precious lives are rescued from nationalization areas and difficult to return areas.

I think my body can go on one more year, rescuing cats from Fukushima.
I do my best with my every effort.
I can rescue at least 100 cats in one year.
I have to.

The rescue activity in Fukushima by Inuneko Kyusainowa could be thought to be completed after the 5th year since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster. But still there would be cats remaining, and we can’t fully stop.
I’ll do what I can do, like going there sometimes with other volunteers, and taking in cats, or finding their foster families.
I’ll step back, but continue to support the activity.

I won’t stop.
I can’t stop.
This is who I am.

I, Akiko Yui, will be 60 years old this year.
2 months before the Great East Japan Earthquake happened I collapsed from a stroke.
But I dragged my body up and went to Fukushima.
It’s been 4 years since then.

Nothing can be done if I do not keep myself alive.
I do what I can, to the best of my ability.
But if I’m not alive, I can’t do this.
For the 5th year in Fukushima, I’ll make even more efforts to rescue abandoned cats.

Dear supporters, please do not forget that abandoned cats are still living in desperation, in towns without people in Fukushima.
Please, please support us.

Thank you so much.

Akiko Yui, Inuneko Kyusainowa
At the day of 4th year since The Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster.


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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