Our last rescue activity in Fukushima went smoothly. We had a little time to visit Nyanda Guard, Fukushima shelter. The shelter is in a beautiful natural setting, now bright with Autumn leaves. The place is so large! We had no words other than “Wow!”. This is an automatic pet feeder. Yes!!
This is a food stocker, quite useful in the disaster area. I was looking for this type of stocker. We can stock so much food. When pets eat, it comes out little by little. I ordered this, but it takes time. During Winter in the disaster area, the road is frozen. It may be difficult for me to drive. So this food stocker can save lives even if even when I'm unable to go so often. In Nyanda Guard, they are making a food stocker by themselves. The depth of their love warms my heart.
We get permission to take photos. We took so many! The man with the camera is photographer Kouji Nakagawa. On December 18~23, his photo exhibition will accompany our donation event in Kawasaki . On this day, he joined our rescue activity, and captured a dog.
I was so impressed by this to visit Nyanda Guard, Fukushima shelter. There are so many things I want to tell you all. I will have more to say about it soon.
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I wish all little lives there could survive long enough for our rescue attempts to save them. Please wait for us.
Wearing a red collar……where is the owner?
9 months. Incredible endurance……9 months….
In December, we went to go to Fukushima for rescuing.
We thank you so much for your generous support.
We visit the same point again. We find a plastic sheet, and 3 umbrellas, all strewn about. I imagine they were blown around by wind after someone someone set them up for rain protection.
Unfasten the chain which was twined around umbrellas. Entwine the plastic sheet to the doghouse. Another dog’s plastic sheet was fine.
We also found 2 cats there.
The shelter in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is full of cages. There are many cats living together and it gets dirty easily. So much of the volunteers’ work is to clean and disinfect.
Some angry cats seem perhaps to have been homeless cats. After vaccine injections and sterilization, they are moved to the temporary animal house. They spend a few days in the cage, and then are taken out to live free in this house. At this moment, the number of cats in this temporary animal house is 14.
Growing accustomed to living in this house, the cats love the hot carpet. Little by little, we improve conditions. The cat tower and toys makes it difficult to clean the room, but probably make life better for the cats.......
At intended evacuation areas, the volunteers have been bringing food and water, but this work approaches it's end.
A dog, parched with thirst, drinks water from a tank.
It was already dark, and we couldn't find any cats, but we found some empty food bags. We left 30kg of food, but it vanished quickly.
The next day we saw many cats, even in the rain.
Walking along the drain.
No food at the doorway for cats.
I worry about cats living far from the house.
The residents in this area said there is not much rain here during winter. Pets will die without water.
I want to beg the owners, if you make temporary trips back home, please leave much water and food.
We appreciate if you think what you can do for such innocent small life.
We must not forget this terrible situation was caused by human.
On November 26th, we went to Namie, Miyakoji, Katsurao and Kawamata. Another volunteer team from Fukushima also brought lots of food, from early in the morning.
This is very heartwarming scene. I heard that a volunteer sterilized this cat. We left some food there.
The cats roam in search of food. Soon the insects will disappear from the grass and thickets. We want to ask the owners to protect their own dogs and cats, even when that's quite difficult. Please let your already troubled heart listen as well to their silent screams.
Approval may be granted for the animal protection organization to go into the off-limits area for rescue work. Are thousands of cats and dogs still in the area? (Sankei news)
The Japanese government, and Fukushima prefecture, will accept an application from our non-government animal rescue mission to go into the prohibited area for rescue work. This is to save the pets abandoned within the contaminated danger zone, a 20km-radius area around Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The administration has not yet approved the private animal rescue mission's plan to work within the prohibited zone. There have been some problems, friction between the administration and the rescue mission, which lacked permission to go in. This application procedure is meant to avoid more trouble, and aims at efficient rescue.
The Ministry of the Environment says there were about 5800 dogs in the off-limit zone before the disaster. There is no registering system for cats, so their numbers are not clearly known. Rescue activity has also been done by the administration, but they helped only 356 dogs, and 220 cats. Some pets were saved by their owners, and some were saved by private animal rescue missions before the off-limit area was set up on April 22nd . But it seems that thousands of abandoned pets are still there.
The rescue volunteer in charge of Fukushima prefecture said that when pets hide in the house, it is difficult to make the decision to go in. Also the private rescue mission has occasionally had trouble with police, or bumped up against activities by the authorities. For example, pets were rescued from traps set by the administration.
The animal shelter in Fukushima prefecture is almost full. Winter has come, and we fear that cold and hunger may claim the lives of many beloved pets. The good news is that the Japanese government, and Fukushima prefecture, will give permission to the private animal mission if they meet certain conditions, including: having requests from owners, assuring availability of animal shelters, non-interference with activities of the administration, and submission of a plan for rescue. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are much encouraged by this epoch-making decision for the pets, which, while barely surviving, probably long more than anything else to reunite with their families.
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……