☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima in February. It is too cold….

February 22, 2017
☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima in February. It is too cold….

Preparation before going to Fukuoka.
Tried to make it so the cat does’t notice it’s a capture cage.
Okuma and Futaba were closed by the barricade as “difficult return” areas.
We can’t end this activity without the rescue of all the cat’s.


This is the food from your support.


I use a normal car with snow tires only for Winter, not the usual smaller car.
I can load more than usual, but the gasoline expense and expressway charges are higher.
We never know when it will snow, so I’ll use this car until March.


This time, 5 days of activity started with Matatabi & Nekokatsu, and then I was the last one after Maria.

Madao made something to keep crows out.


Set the food deeper in the inventively devised capture cage.


Set it at a high place to avoid wild boar.


It’s such a heavy job, setting 2 weeks supply of food at a higher place.






Landscape changes to the color of radioactive contamination waste.


Today, the wind was very strong and cold.
My left hand and left foot were getting cold, and couldn't move well because of numbness and pain.
I felt so sad, but the plum blossoms healed me, so gently, as Spring is just around the corner.




I have left the barricade at just right time.
The screening test for radio activity showed a higher exposure reading than usual.

Take off the mask and drink some water.
After that I went to Tomioka, where the dismantling continues.




Usually I return to Naraha base, and wash the dirty capture cages.
But it is too cold outside after dark.
So I decided to bring it back to Kawasaki.

Thank you so much for your great work everyone.
Also thank you so much for your great support as always.

☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on June 24 and 25.

June 26, 2016
☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on June 24 and 25.

I was worried about the weather but rain stopped before 8AM on the first day.

At Naraha base, volunteers started to load and then a cat helper came.
Good morning!
You seem to enjoy life in spacious Naraha.


It rained until early morning.
So I think rain water is collecting in the area.
But we bring clean water.


We go to Tomioka first, before checkpoint staff begin for the day.
Decontamination for trees and plants is repeated over and over again, but the numbers on the dosimeter don’t readily fall at many spots.


Young raccoons in the capture cage which volunteers set yesterday.
They’re almost the same size as cats, and they don’t hesitate to go into the capture cage to eat the tasty food.
There are especially many at this time.

They look like brothers.
I am sorry.



The resident offered their storage space us to use for feeding.
But the floor gets muddy from rainwater sometimes, and wild boar knocked over the feeding box.
So one of our purposes this time was to avoid wild boar and crows, to make the food last till next time.


Set the feed box at a higher place.
And cover it with a big cloth to avoid crows.
These materials are almost all from your relief supplies.
To fill the food at a higher place is difficult for short people, or someone like me, who has weak legs or handicapped hands.
Food is heavy and difficult to lift it up.
But Madao noticed me struggling, and stepped in to take the load off my hands.

The residents come home sometimes.
So I want to keep everything clean.


While Madao was working, I cleaned the feeding box with rain water.


In the next place, last time I was there I met the resident.
I told him about wild boar measures.
He said he will make something to deal with the problem.
And this time, he had really made it!
He offered a better place, where the rain doesn’t come in, and made a strong standing unit.


Madao set the feeding box on the shelf, and put up the curtain to avoid crows.

I filled the food box.
And put silvervine powder all around.




I visited this place as soon as the disaster happened, after the resident’s request to protect cats.
I have never seen them since then, but I still visit here.
There are so many wild animals here.
So I put food underneath the mini-tractor, at a place slightly away from the house.

The resident’s house was decontaminated.
Much big agriculture equipment has gone.
Only small equipment is left.


Maybe they left it because of our activity.
Most of the feeding locations are the places of residents who asked me to protect their cats.
So many cats were saved because of these places.
I really don’t have time to call them to offer my thanks.
I apologize in my heart for this impoliteness, and continue to work.

Set the capture cages in the mooring.
Collect the capture cages in the evening, at the end of the activity.

But recently, cats don’t go in.
I think the residents want to come home, when they finally get the permission.
Till then we borrowed their place for feeding, and check the cats that remain.

I report again in 20km area.
A black and white cat that was found by sensor camera.



Ms. M protected this cat in Akibadai, Okuma.

The pattern on the back is the same.
It is certainly that cat.





Thank you Ms. M, as always.

☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on June 10 and 11.

June 18, 2016
☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on June 10 and 11.

I have not felt well, and I went to Fukushima with a driver.
I could have slept in the car, but actually I have to plan the details of coming work, and can’t sleep.

Beyond the checkpoint, I always have to think of excuses to use if I meet police.
The stress is hard on my health.


It will be hot.


When I arrive at Naraha base, so much food was arriving at our storage place.
Thank you so much for your support.


Matatabi worked a lot on the 10th to set the capture cages, change SD cards of sensor cameras, and do the feeding.
The next day, he had a sterilization campaign in his clinic in Saitama.
I have heard that they did sterilization for over 50 cats.
All volunteers are working so hard, and continue the rescue activity for animals.




The next day, on 11th, it is time for Yukki and I to take a turn.



This time, I tried to set the food box at a higher place to avoid wild boar.
It looks like it won’t fall down if we tie it with a rope.


Tied the capture cage on the shelf and hung the cloth to avoid crows.


Never mind how it looks.


We do the same thing at this place.
Set the capture cage on a shelf.


Hung the cloth to avoid crows.
Never mind how it looks.


Then clean the storage, which the residents offered for us to use.
I have asthma and the dust is not so good, but I can’t be concerned about that.


Looks much better.


It is now the rainy season, but there’s a shortage of water.
I brought so many water tanks and left lots of clean water.




Set the food at higher place.


And also a lower place.
Madao is thinking about how to do it at this place.
Maybe next time.


A black and white cat is confirmed with a sensor camera this time.
It looks so skinny.


It may be still a child.
It is good he/she is eating.


In our limited time, we collect the capture cages.
Young raccoon.
They are almost the same size as cats, and sometimes go into the capture cages.
Right now, so many animals are born.


They look like brothers.


Young wild boar.


When I stopped the car, they ran to their mother.
I feel some contradiction in not saving these animals.


A brown tabby that came into the capture cage was lactating.
So we released it.
Hope her kittens grow up well.


Leave all of the water.



After the inspection, we take off the protective clothing and go around one more time.
Then so many seeds are sticking on my legs.


It was hot.
Finished cleaning up.
The driver will take the wheel again for the return trip.

The resident brought these.
I guess this is alcohol ??

Will I drink?
Maybe I can sleep well.


Thank you so much for your support and cooperation.
We continue to work to protect abandoned cats.

☆Volunteer cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima for May completed. Rescued a brown tabby in the difficult-to-return area of Okuma.

June 1, 2016
☆Volunteer cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima for May completed.
Rescued a brown tabby in the difficult-to-return area of Okuma.

The cats that were left on the inside of the barricade of the difficult-to-return area in Fukushima have to live in a environment severe beyond discription.
There are very few volunteers now.
One person worked each day, setting the capture cages for as long as possible.
Matatabi&Nekokatsu started on the first day.
Capture cages set, SD cards changed in sensor cameras, check the capture cages, change the food in the capture cages, change the SD cards of sensor cameras, do the feeding, and supply wanter…
They separated for 2 days, and then joined together on the last day to collect the capture cages and see to the feeding, and water supplies.

Loading food from Kawasaki in 2 cars.




So much food arrived in Naraha base through your support.
So 3 cars full of food.
Thank you so much for your generous support.




At first, check the capture cage.
We have to change the food in the capture cage because of hot weather.



The water bowl is empty.
If we clean the bowl, it takes more time.
But we want to give them clean water.




Tied the feeding box up to a shelf mounted high on a wall to avoid wild animals.


I am clumsy, but tried to repair the feeding box.
I was pressed for time, but it’s better than do nothing.




Protected one cat in Okuma.


White brown tabby, male, no sterilization, maybe about 1 year old.


Maybe this is a brother of the one that we protected last time, and Matatabi&Nekokatsu brought back to their shelter in Saitama.


Nekono Maria, who was in charge of rescue activity on the last day, welcomed this cat into her shelter.A young male, he’s full of energy, and can be forceful to the point of being a bit intimidating.



We have been there over 5 years.
We have never seen this cat and never filmed it by sensor camera.
But they are desperate to find food, and finally arrived at a feeding point in a town where no one lives.
I can’t stop this activity while leaving such cats behind.

☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted. We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.

May 15, 2016
☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted.
We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.

Last September, the evacuation order was lifted in Naraha.
It’s been 8 months, and the residents are going back slowly.
Sometimes we see the residents’ living together with animals.

We can go into Tomioka during the day, but it’s not possible to stay.
Decontamination work has been carried out repeatedly, but the radiation does not decrease.
It’s been 6 years since Great East Japan Earthquake, and I have aged.
I can’t say my health condition is good now.
I have been taking medicine for cerebral infarction.
Considerable arteriosclerosis was seen in my brain during a recent MRI examination, and it is quite a dangerous condition.
I’ll have to stay in the hospital in July for a whole-body examination.
Breathing difficulties were diagnosed as asthma. Medicine for that brings some relief.
Also, a shadow was seen in my lungs, and I will have a CT examination at the end of June.
I don’t want to go to the hospital so much. I’d prefer to just calmly accept and live with changes in my body. But as I am caring for so many cats, I have to keep up my health.

For six years in Fukushima, running between 5 towns consumed all my time.
At the end of Golden Week, I visited Naraha and Tomioka alone.
I wanted to meet the residents who have already returned, and talk about the future.
I also wanted to remove posters which mentioned the end of the feeding project.

There are some places in Tomioka where we can’t end our activities yet
But the number of cats has decreased, and they don’t come into the capture cages much.
Even though some residents returned, there are still a few feeding places for cats.
It seems we are far from finding an end to our work here.



Decontamination is actively carried out in preparation for the return of residents, but there are still many neglected places.


We set the capture cage at a place where we saw cats through a sensor camera.








This day was not too busy.
I had some time to clean the food box.





We will discontinue work in places where the residents come back often.
We took down the posters with information about protected cats.
We have so much appreciation for the residents who offered their places for feeding, and let us put up the posters.



Naraha is such a beautiful town.



Residents return to continue their lives here.
They seem to have a field.
What will they plant?


I went to a park at the cape.
A hotel near there, “Tenjin Misaki Shiokazeso”, has an open air bath which can look down at the sea.
Now they open regularly, including lunch time.


Waterline in the park.
I turned on a faucet, and was impressed that the water flows out.


But I was more impressed to see this landscape.


A family was playing energetically.
They looked very happy.
It might not be safe yet for the children.
But it must be a joy for them to spend some time together in their beloved hometown.


I visited this place too.
I can’t forget that day in this place.
The rescue activity was hell on earth, so hard.
But it was just the beginning of that hell.
After the nuclear power plant accident, the government abandoned the weak.
The government pushed down so many lives, into the depths of pain.

There was a cat, “Pochiko”, that lost the will to live, laying near the entrance to this company facility on the left.
There was a thin cat that give up on life, in narrow space on right side, behind the air conditioner outdoor unit.



It’s been 5 years.
Some residents returned to Naraha.
It was here that I found “Pochiko”,
I saw a resident who had returned, walking with 2 dogs.


They looked so happy.
We talked about the present situation in Naraha.
She said that now people can’t go into the park at the cape with dogs.
But there is a certain strength in the people living well and brightly in Naraha.



I couldn't help praying for her happiness as I saw her taking a walk.


She gave me so many bamboo shoots.
She said they were fresh. “They are from Fukushima, but if you don’t mind, please take them.”
They still have to take care when they offer something.
It was so tasty.
Thank you so much.

Bamboo forest in Naraha.
It looks very strong, and gives me energy.



People and animals can live together now in Naraha.
I report to you that we have almost completed feeding/rescue activity, except in a few places.
I thank you so deeply, so much, for supporting us by sending food and money.

We have to continue in Tomioka, as the return of residents seems to be taking more time.
But some residents who come back often will do the feeding instead of us.

We have no idea how to rescue cats from the difficult-to-return area of Okuma and Futaba beyond the barricade.
But we must try to rescue all.
I want to do as much as I can, even with so few volunteers.
Please support us.

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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