Back from Fukushima
This time a volunteer drove the car, and it helped me a lot. We had a lot food, about 1 ton, from your support! Thank you so much. We weren't able to give it to all the pets, but we did the best we could.
It pains us that we can’t make enough time to distribute all the food. The abandoned pets in Fukushima must be very lonely. We would have liked to talk to them, enjoy some time together with them. But no. Eventually, we left a big bag of food. I hope they feel our love, and gain strength to live from our efforts.
The wall between them and us grows thicker the longer we're forbidden from rescuing them in the restricted access zone. Why must they suffer from the misdeeds of humans?
Sometimes they come closer because of hunger. But it takes time to capture them, time that we don't have. We need more time to get them to sanctuary. I feel impatient……..
Little lives in Fukushima are perishing day by cold and hungry day. I want to relieve their suffering, but I can do only so much. This day, my purpose was giving food, as much as possible, to sustain their lives.
One car went to 20~30km area including Namie, Miyakoji, Kuzuo, and Kawamata. Another car went to the dark side of Japan.
The landscape is so beautiful, as rich with nature as ever. But it is now stricken with terrible suffering and sorrow.
The food which your support provided was invaluable. Some people sent us full 7kg bags. I so much appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Surely, many lives have been lost. Still, there are some dogs, and many cats. There was no food at the places we visited. I don’t even want to imagine the reality. How many of them can survive in this winter. Intently I keep giving, to the last of the food. Then finding yet more cats, I offer my own bread. It is totally another world.
The volunteers in Fukushima are highly energized. They kept giving food all night long. Having re-grouped with them, I felt myself physically limited. We tried to drive through the mountains on our return, hoping to continue delivering food. But, unlike last time, we saw no cats. Perhaps because the temperature was minus 0.1 degrees.
Arrived in Kawasaki at 8:00am. We took the rescued cats to the TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
I have good news.
To be continued……
We are looking for a host family who can accept FIV (AIDS) cats or FelV (leukemia) cats. Many cats that have FIV or FelV were rescued in Fukushima. We found some host families for some cats but still we have more. It is not comfortable for them to live in the cage. But as we have so many cats and dogs, we have no choice but to keep them in cages. We hope that you can accept them as your family, give them love, and more space to live. Or if you know someone who wants to have cats, and can possibly accept such cats, please give them the information. We will explain about the disease and vaccine. Thank you so much.
They are not yet 1 year old. They have disease but they play with much energy, like normal cats. Our volunteers are taking care of them well with much love. They love living with people. If you want to consider adopting, or have any questions, please send your message by this mail form.
Our rescue activity will continue. The town is decorated beautifully with Christmas decoration. The atmosphere is so lively. No one wants annoyances, everybody wants to enjoy their life, and be happy. But in fact, still so many people are suffering in the northeast, and many more animals are also suffering. This gap makes me sad. This week, I am going to Iidate-mura in Fukushima, where I couldn’t go for a while, and try to drive a wider range. From now, we load much food for this trip. We thank you so much for your support.
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 no-entry evacuation zone, and establishing the “Animal House” which can take care of more pets. 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
The second year of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital has done more sterilization, twice as many as the first year. Recently we are having 200 cats sterilized, with most of this activity done by volunteers.
There were about 150 cats from Chiba prefecture. Now half of the sterilization has been completed. Thanks to great efforts of volunteers, the project is going well Winter has come, cold weather for doing the captures. I get the same question often “When is the good season to capture?” The homeless cats are so many, and we don't have the option of choosing seasons that aren't too hot or too cold. So we can’t stop TNR activity even if it is the cold season.
For the baby season in Spring, we have to be ready to accept hundreds of cats. For Chiba TNR, soon we will accept another big order. Then we will accept about 200 cats from Ohta-ku, Tokyo. This number will increase. It is the first TNR for people in Ohta-ku, but they understand well. Anyway, I will go to capture there by myself. We are always busy, but we will be even busier. In Kawasaki-Ginryugai, we'll make adoption events for rescued pets 2 times, and also in Kamata and Togoshi as usual.
The temporary animal home will start soon. We hired the part-timer for it. It's difficult to find a host family for rescued cats which have AIDS or leukemia. I want to make enjoyable and relaxing spaces for them.
It’s getting busier and busier, especially for the year-end. I am worried about whether I can drive in Fukushima in winter. I'll try to bring food to as many as I can before it gets worst. I still have requests to rescue pets from off-limit areas. We are asking the owners to capture their pets when they make temporary visits to their homes and then contact a public health center to rescue them. The owner can take them back after that.
I will be one year older soon. That day I will definitely say “It was an incredible year!” with the highest number of pets in my life.
On November 20th, Karlie passed away quietly.
I mentioned him and his wheelchair on November 4th.
Karlie was barking every day but he ate well and drank water by himself. He looked like he could hang on for a while longer. When he barked, I couldn't sleep until morning. But on 20th, he didn't stop barking, and the sound was a little bit strange to me. So we lay down together in my bed and stroked him continuously. Then he fell asleep at 9:00am. After that he looked ok. I had to leave, to get a sick cat, and went out for 1 hour. When I came back home at 21:00pm, he looked like he was sleeping, but he didn’t breath any more.
Karlie was rescued from the Chiba Public Health Center by a volunteer. I thank all of you; the volunteers, his foster parents, supporters, and the doctor of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Karlie was happy with all of your support.
We were taking care of 2 cats which we rescued in Ohkuma-machi. We are delighted to report that we brought them back to the owner, who is living now in a temporary house in Aizuwakamatsu. I couldn’t stop crying for them.
The owners who have been allowed by administration to live in temporary houses are increasing, and some of them are getting their pets back. But, on the other hand, still so many animals are left in hunger and coldness, and lives are lost daily. This owner left more cats in Ohkuma-machi which were impossible to rescue. Other residents in this temporary house showed me photos of their cats, and entreated me to rescue them. This is too sad.
Soon Ohkuma-machi will have an election of assembly members. The residents are asking assembly members and the mayor directly about animal rescue before the election. There are some assembly members who talked to the mayor about it. The voice of the residents is strong. Please keep on going and speaking out with loud voices!