Saturday, 28 May 2011

Is it really the pet owners’ responsibility to rescue and take care of their pets even in a disaster?

I strongly believe that animals should not be treated in this cruel way during a disaster. But who is going to be responsible for protecting these animals when a disaster hits? What about the law? I saw countless animals that were abandoned and left in a tragic situation. Animals cannot speak for themselves. It needs to be made clear that humans are responsible for taking care of these animals.

Is the responsibility of the government to protect these animals suddenly dismissed in a disaster? Can we just let animals be abandoned and left to starve to death because it cannot be helped? I feel that we all need to think about this.

At this point, we may never be able to re-enter the no-entry evacuation zone to provide food and water for the abandoned animals in this area. Isn’t it against Japan’s animal protection law to not allow these abandoned animals to even be fed? Aren’t there so many things that the government should be doing right now to save these animals?
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We need your help! Your donation to Animal Rescue Fund allows us to keep doing anything that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us. Animal Rescue Fund does not have its own no-kill animal shelter. Because of this, we are bringing the animals that we rescued to a pet hotel in Fukushima Prefecture for a temporary stay; we are transporting the animals one by one to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We just don’t have enough room in our hospital to allow us to bring all of the rescued animals down here at once.

Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa

Monday, 23 May 2011

It is unacceptable to me that the government has still not prepared an emergency no-kill animal shelter for the animals affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation disaster.

From early on, several organizations worked hard to rescue the animals that remain in the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. These organizations came from afar to help rescue the animals. Volunteers made several long trips back and forth between the evacuation zone in Fukushima and their organizations’ headquarters.

If the government of Japan had immediately prepared an emergency shelter for the animals rescued from the 20km evacuation zone, most of the animals in the evacuation zone could have been rescued and saved by now with the help of all the animal rescue volunteers. And then the evacuation zone should have been made a no-entry zone. I wish the government had worked hard to save the animals that remain in the no-entry evacuation zone. Even though the animals in the evacuation zone were exposed to high levels of radiation, the government is still hesitant of getting the animals out of the evacuation zone.

Animal rescue is also taking place at the planned evacuation zone. However, due to the high number of animals in this area, rescuing these animals is an enormous task. Although this is obvious to everyone, the government of Japan has not yet prepared an emergency animal shelter for these animals. Therefore, volunteers have no choice but to go out and individually find temporary places for the rescued animals to stay. Today, this process is still repeated over and over again. Isn’t the government responsible for preparing an emergency shelter for these animals?

Saturday, 21 May 2011

At present, over 40 cats were rescued from the 20km evacuation zone and are waiting in Fukushima Prefecture to be moved to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. When one cat is adopted, we can then bring another cat from Fukushima to our hospital. We would greatly appreciate any help you can give us by donating to Animal Rescue Fund.
Animal Rescue Fund rescued cats from an animal hoarder in Fukushima who was unable to bring the cats along to the place where she evacuated to. All cats were checked for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, HIV, and leukemia. They were also brought up to date on their vaccinations and sterilization operations.
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We need your help! Your donation to Animal Rescue Fund allows us to keep doing anything that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us. Animal Rescue Fund does not have its own no-kill animal shelter. Because of this, we are bringing the animals that we rescued to a pet hotel in Fukushima Prefecture for a temporary stay; we are transporting the animals one by one to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We just don’t have enough room in our hospital to allow us to bring all of the rescued animals down here at once.

Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa







Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Several of our volunteers rescued dogs, cats, and other animals from the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The animals rescued from the evacuation zone were moved to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture. Animals in Fukushima Prefecture’s pet hotels were also moved to our hospital. As one animal’s placement is decided (returned to the owner or put up for adoption) another animal is moved into our hospital.

With the previous Animal Adoption Event, the placements of all of the dogs up to this point have been decided. Therefore, our volunteers have gone to Fukushima to bring back new dogs and cats to our hospital. I greatly appreciate the hard work that our volunteers are putting into this rescue effort. Rescuing cats from Iitate Village is extremely difficult!

Evacuation has begun. Even though there is no time that we can afford to waste, it’s sad that there are just some things that we can’t do much about.

When several cats are living outdoors, a semi-stray cat isn’t able to grasp any changes in his or her health condition as well as a domestic cat. We heard that there were none pregnant among 5 adult cats. Our volunteers went out twice until finally successfully rescuing all 5 cats. The next day, however, we received a phone call from the owner of the home where the cat was found. He told us that he hears the voice of a kitten from the shed. If we don’t go, the kitten will die. Thus, our volunteers went out again and successfully rescued the kitten from the shed. The kitten was safely returned to its mother. At this time of year, it’s completely natural for cats to be giving birth. But this also makes it difficult to rescue cats during this time.

All of the animals that we rescued are temporarily staying at a pet hotel in Fukushima. One by one we will bring them to our hospital. Because of the generous support that we receive from you, we are able to have our rescued animals temporarily stay at a pet hotel. I truly appreciate your support and kindness.
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Monday, 16 May 2011

One after another, rescued animals from Fukushima Prefecture arrive at our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Our hospital is now completely full!
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We need your help! Your donation to Animal Rescue Fund allows us to keep doing anything that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us. Animal Rescue Fund does not have its own no-kill animal shelter. Because of this, we are bringing the animals that we rescued to a pet hotel in Fukushima Prefecture for a temporary stay; we are transporting the animals one by one to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We just don’t have enough room in our hospital to allow us to bring all of the rescued animals down here at once.


Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa





Sunday, 15 May 2011

Thank you for attending our adoption event. Thanks to you, many cats and kittens were adopted through the adoption event held at our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We appreciate how you showed support for us by displaying the link to our blog and tweeting about us on Twitter!

Each day at our hospital is so busy that I haven’t yet received a final update on how many animals were adopted, but we will carefully send the adopted animals one by one to their new families.

At TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, there is not a day where sterilization operations do not take place. The adoption event is also going on today and we were still extremely busy even after our closing time of 8 PM. At 3 AM we finally finished our jobs for the day. Our volunteers are really putting in a tremendous amount of work.

Even though many were adopted, the number of cats we currently have in our hospital doesn’t go down. We hear from Iitate Village in Fukushima Prefecture that several kittens were born… Going all the way to Iitate Village from where we are, Kanagawa Prefecture, to bring back kittens along with their mothers is no easy task. At this time of year, kittens are born not only in Fukushima but all over Japan. This year I see many litters of 5 kittens; one adoption after another but still the number of cats in our hospital doesn’t drop!

On top of all of this, 11 puppies! We need to find loving homes for these puppies now!

A month ago, I heard that two dogs that weren’t spayed gave birth to puppies at Yamanashi Prefecture. The person who told us this let us know that she will have the two dogs spayed and adopt both. We agreed to help find loving homes for the puppies of the two adopted dogs. But it’s 11 puppies! We need to hurry and find good homes for these puppies before all 11 puppies become full-grown!
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Thursday, 12 May 2011

Because the government of Japan has made a no-entry 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, we are unable to rescue animals from this blocked area. If a person enters this no-entry zone, the person will be penalized.

Many have protested towards the government of Japan and the Fukushima Prefectural government by saying: “Are you going to let these dogs and cats starve to death!?” Due to these protests, both the government of Japan and the Fukushima Prefectural government finally showed some response to the situation. However, due to the positive response towards the protests being a temporary one, only 24 dogs and 2 cats were rescued between April 28th and May 2nd. Only 8 staff members were sent out for the rescue.

Everyone from around the world, we need your help in protesting against the government of Japan to rescue the animals that remain in the 20km evacuation zone! We need to put pressure on the government of Japan to save the lives of these animals!! We don’t need nuclear power plants! NO
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We need your help! Your donation to Animal Rescue Fund allows us to keep doing anything that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us. Animal Rescue Fund does not have its own no-kill animal shelter. Because of this, we are bringing the animals that we rescued to a pet hotel in Fukushima Prefecture for a temporary stay; we are transporting the animals one by one to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We just don’t have enough room in our hospital to allow us to bring all of the rescued animals down here at once.


Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa

Friday, 13 May 2011


May 14th, Iitate Village Animal Rescue
Today was the third time that our volunteers went out to Iitate Village to rescue 23 cats that were hoarded.

The first time we brought back 13 cats, the second time 4 cats, and the third time 2 cats. We were able to rescue 19 cats. We wanted to rescue all 23 cats but could not rescue the remaining 4 cats. One of the cats that we rescued gave birth. I think it was 5 kittens. Our volunteers took good care of the mother cat and her kittens. The family that had hoarded 23 cats is planning to evacuate from this area by the 21st. We can’t leave any cats here. By next week, I’ll be able to go to this area myself and rescue as many as I possibly can.

We received a request to rescue animals in Ōkuma Town, located 15km away from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We rescued three silky fowls.

On the last day that entry will be allowed into the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, we received several requests to rescue pets from this area. The requests were sent from pet owners who had evacuated from the evacuation zone. Because of the large amount of rescue requests that we received, towards the end we didn’t even have the time to call the pet owners to confirm. We hurried to print all the rescue requests that were sent in by email until the very last minute before heading out to rescue these animals. Our volunteers decided who was going to which location to rescue which animals so that we could act quickly as a team and rescue as many animals as we possibly could in the time given. At the end we all met back in one location.
Then we all realized that we had 3 silky fowls that we had rescued. We didn’t expect we would have silky fowls, but it’s great that we were able to rescue them.

I talked with the owner of these silky fowls. The owner told us that there were originally 4 of them. Unfortunately, one of our volunteers confirmed that one fowl was dead. This owner also had 2 cats and we were able to find one of these cats. But the cat didn’t enter the trap and we were unable to rescue the cat. This owner also had Koi fish. Unfortunately, we were only able to rescue 3 silky fowls out of all the pets that this owner had. The owner explained to us that it’s impossible for him to take care of the 3 fowls himself at the place where he had evacuated to. The owner asked us to find a new owner for the 3 fowls. Luckily, a resident of Fukushima agreed to adopt all 3 fowls together!

Before leaving Ōkuma Town, our volunteers left food for the remaining animals. The remaining animals are still living and breathing. If we are allowed entry into this area again, I believe that the chance of us successfully recuing the remaining animals is high. One elderly pet owner said in a sad voice that his body is so frail that he can’t make a brief visit to his home even if re-entry into the evacuation zone is allowed. He also said that his frail body makes it impossible for him to rescue his pet still in the evacuation zone.

I desperately want to rescue his pet. At the very least, I want our volunteers to be allowed to enter the 20km evacuation zone to feed the animals that are left. Our volunteers know where the animals are. If we are given even a small amount of time to be allowed entry, we can move quickly and help the animals that are left!!!
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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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