A cat which I rescued on October 16th is dead after 10 days. She was only 1.5kg. This is too sad.
I want to report how I rescued her but I don’t have so many photos of the rescue. I don’t have that much time to take photos and if she runs away in fear of the camera, her life is over. The biggest priority matter is to put out the tasty food with good smell and prepare the capture cage quickly. If a police car comes, even one minute after, I can’t save her life. The boundary between life or death is happening in one moment.
It is difficult to describe how she appeared. We were driving in a narrow road of the field. Suddenly a very thin cat appeared. She was all skin and bone. If we stop the car right away, we can be found by the police easily from both sides of big road. But how we can leave? We stopped the car and opened the door. Then she stepped back. “Don’t go!” I quickly threw her the food. How long was she not eating. She jumped on to the food and ate like a vacuum cleaner. Her hunger was much more than her fear. We quickly set the capture cage. It took only 1 minute to get her into the cage.
We left this place quickly and hid behind a private house 200m ahead. Then we found another very thin cat.
All day long, we can’t relieve the tension like this.
Why do we have to hide?
Why it is not forgiven to rescue them?
Every place where we left food is empty. The cat that we are feeding with the owner’s request is getting thin. We want to come back again but I don’t know if we can come back again. Our government and administration doesn’t help us at all. If they don’t want to help us, please do not disturb us!
Whenever we go forward, find cat after cat after cat...... The time is limited and food is almost finished but again we find another cat. “Do we still have something?” “Yes one can.” Then again another cat. “Do we still have something?” “I have one piece of bread.”
Recently we are seeing so many kittens. I think they were born last spring after the disaster. They don’t have mother. They don’t know their mother. They are alone. I don’t think they can survive the winter.
I see so many insect legs in their feces. The 1.5kg cat was eating the food somehow and I expect she could make it. But doesn’t stop the diarrhea and doesn’t increase the weight. She used up all her strength in 10 days.
The starlit sky in Fukushima is so beautiful. I see those stars as lost lives. I am so sorry that I couldn’t save you. She must be someone’s cat and had a family.
Still more cats are waiting to be rescued. Waiting for the family. I beg you if you left your pets, please speak up loudly and find a way to go to pick them up.
Thank all of you who have been doing rescue activity in the off-limits area. We found a capture cage in the off-limits area that seems to have been forgotten. No cats were in this cage.
To avoid the accident of leaving behind the cages with cats, I write about it in this article. The situation in Fukushima is an extreme situation. The rescue parties and volunteers continue to get tense. Normally such people are used to doing this kind of activity and it is difficult for them to imagine forgetting the cage. But anything can happen there now. Their life is also in danger. The rescuers have to work without sleeping. It is over the limit both physically and mentally. This is not something that everyone can do. Forgetting the cage is something that is possible to happen even to myself . So I warn myself and beg you to not to let such an accident happen. I pray that our rescue activity can rescue the lives of as many as we can.
There was a name tag on the cage but it is wet and I couldn’t read it. There was also a white cloth with red line. These signs are supposed to avoid losses or accidents. But this town is no longer alive. It is impossible to be found. If anyone knows the capture cage with these signs, please inform them to prevent the relapse. We tried to contact with the selling agency of this capture cage but can’t find them anyone. We keep this cage. Please contact us if anyone knows any information.
We appreciate so much your support in sending us cat food. Thank you so much. However it frightened me that this time might be the last time to bring food. Day by day, it is becoming difficult to go into the restricted area.
Ocotber 23rd, 2011
The route to go in to the restricted area is nearly closed. No one has a right to take the life of animals.
We human beings have wisdom, power and so many things we have been given, but we don’t use them and pushing them aside without helping such small creatures. We are living in such a society in Japan. However I continue this effort and make up for our sins. In suffering area of north west, we need more hands and foods.
An owner who has many dogs and cats requested me to rescue them and I captured 2 dogs and 7 cats. They are all skinny and the hairs are dried out. There are 2 more cats I have to rescue......
The owner asked me to feed them. Then a small cat which looks under 1 year old appeared with tottering steps from a neighboring house. His hunger is much more than the fear and cautiousness. He came into the capture cage after a while. I will help you! Hang on! Still now he can’t take out the drip.
On the way to the next owner’s house, I found a cat in the field. I am glad that she showed herself. Don’t run away! I scattered the food. She looks afraid but jumped on to the food. Quickly I set the capture cage and she came into it immediately. She is too skinny and small. I can imagine she was eating the insects desperately. She still has very bad diarrhea and having drip. Stay alive!!!
I see the gleaming cats’ eyes in the dark. With much hunger, the cat came into the capture cage easily. She has long hair and looks fluffy but too thin. She fawns on people. Where is her owner?
It is hard to imagine his loneliness, alone to be on such mountain trail. He might be abandoned. He looks about 1 year old. His face is very sharp. Eat a lot and get better soon!
She is very frightened but looks like someone’s cat. I am sorry my dear. I promise to take care of you the whole of your life.
You are the only one who is not too skinny. You let me give you some food again and again. But you were also good to run away. I am not your owner so.... The food has gone and you came into the capture cage. Maybe you thought this is the last chance to get food. I really didn’t have time to stay in one place. I am so happy that you are with me now.
We wonder why the owner doesn’t come to pick them up?
Restricted area within the range of 20-30km from nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
I accepted a dog from Minami Sohma city in Fukushima. The owner lives alone. As he has a health problem, now he took refuge in Tokyo. He was worried about his dog which he left behind. He talked with the public office and they said that they had requested before to find a host family, but now it is closed. We TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital don’t have time to exchange the information with the public office. Anyway we accepted this dog and promised the owner that we will find a good host family. This dog got in the small space in the car quietly.
As soon as I left, I saw a white dog. I threw some food and he/she grabbed the food with so much hunger and ran away. I was driving on a mountain path in Iidate village for hours and hours. I found many cats and I captured as many as I could. There are no people in Iidate village and Kawauchi village. The cats are eating insects and they all too skinny. We need more hands to recue them.
Then I drove along a long mountain trail. Why would a cat stay alone on such mountain trail? They are attached to people and must be someone’s cat. Why would they come into such a deep mountain.....
In April, I had a request to rescue a cat named Maron in Tomioka-cho. A volunteer who was with me found Maron quickly but couldn't capture him. After that, this volunteer continued to give him food and water.
Then on October 14th, the owner of Maron could temporary go home and luckily meet Maron. The volunteer said that Maron had struggled to live alone for 6 months. The owner’s loves supports him.”
Since March 11th, 2011, the animal rescue party and volunteers which had rescue request have never given up rescuing the pets. Still now, they are trying so hard to give them the food and water to save their life. If they are alive, they can be rescued someday somehow. If the owner also tries hard to find their pets, it can be more possible to rescue them like Maron.
In fact, there are so many pets that are on the boundary line of life and death.
I deeply hope the owner won’t miss the chance when they temporarily go home and will try to get the permission to go in officially again and again to find their pets. Only the owner can save their life with their love for pets abandoned by our government. I want to sey to the owner that “Please do not give up! Let’s do our best together to save your family!”.
Our next adoptation event.
★October 22nd, Saturday / 13:00-17:00
Place:TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
4-23-13 Ohshima, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
★October 23rd, Sunday / 12:00-17:00
Pet Smile in Kamata
7-66-12 Nishi Kamata, Ohta-ku, Tokyo
TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is taking care of so many suffering dogs and cats from Fukushima, and also kittens from the Animal Protection Centre. New volunteers are always welcome! (possibly minimum 1 day a week / minimum 3 hours a day).
Please contact us!