Uri can’t go back to his family.

January 12th, 2012

Uri was rescued in Asahidai, Ohkuma-machi, an off-limits area. Uri is male and 2 years old. The owner had many cats, not only Uri. She is old and living alone. She's waiting for the official permission to make a temporary visit to her home. Although she really wanted to help her cats, she can’t, but neither can she just wait. She asked us to give them food, but it was not so easy. Somehow we managed to bring food for them, and Uri was rescued 9 months after the disaster.

The owner was so happy, and cried at the thought of the sweetness of living together. But it is not possible. I suggested she try again, at least as much as possible. If it becomes difficult because of her age, I will take care of Uri. But no, the owner said that although she wants to live with Uri, pets are not allowed at the apartment she where she now resides.

It's so sad. Now we're looking for a host family for Uri. I hope someone can take care of her and give her abundant happiness and love.



I missed you!!!!!

The rescued cats survived alone for nine months, separated from their family. Nine lonely and difficult months. Most of the cats we fawn on too much. There are so many for which we still can’t find the owners. Others, we found the owner, but they can't have pets now. We would appreciate if you could consider receiving them in your family, or talking to your friends. These cats await the gentle touch of your loving hands.


Professor Mao Akira, who is a writer of stories for young people, wrote about us in his blog.

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/maomao2008/20120110/1326158569 (in Japanese)

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital dispatch about the regulation for “prohibition of feeding” in Osaka-city, and the situation concerning cats in the off-limits area.

The Mayor of Osaka, Mr.Hashimoto, faces up squarely to the city government. I don’t deny his manner, or attitude. However, I do wish he would listen to the people who really know the situation in depth, and who have been working toward finding a solution. The animal issue is of utmost importance. To focus only on the problems animals cause, and treat their lives as disposable rubbish, will certainly burden our hearts (especially children) with a cold and twisted logic. Let us not turn a blind eye to future trouble, but decide and plan with wisdom and compassion.

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Rescue activity in Fukushima

January 10th, 2012

I saw too many pets in the off-limits area between December 20 and 27, 2011. We couldn’t rescue them all, and we had to make very difficult decisions. The rescue activity with Yokohama Animal Family was for cats whose owners had commissioned us, and injured, weakened cats.

But still, there were too many cats. On the 4th day, we rescued over 50 cats. If we set the capture cage in the yard of an owner’s house, many cats went in, one after another. I imagine the cats in the off-limits area numbering over 5,000. The breeding season is coming soon. Struggling to reduce the number of ill-fated lives, we rescued as many cats as we could, for sterilization.

I expected this situation, so we prepared 2 more shelters in Fukushima, for 20 cats. 70 was really the limit for us. So after 70, I instructed to the staff to leave animals that were not for the owner’s commission. The 70th cat was captured in Okuma-machi near the nuclear plant. We couldn’t find the owner’s cat at the same place. We don’t know if we can come back or not. It was so difficult for the staff to leave that cat.

The cat in the off-limits area is thin. I saw 3 cats that had one arm tucked up into the collar. The collar had aggravated the skin, and give out a foul smell.

January 9-1



The cat goes into the capture cage with a last‐ditch effort. The weaker cats can’t stay in Fukushima, so we brought them on to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Our doctor urgently performed the operation, late into night.

We already have so many cats, but we prepared one room for Yokohama Animal Family’s shelter. This prevents us from doing the pet hotel business, by which we could otherwise earn funds. However, with your support, I founded TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital not for business, but for animal welfare,. I think we're doing the right thing. Considering the number of remaining lives at risk, 69 is very few. But uniting with Yokohama Animal Family, we got excellent results. Again, I thank you so much for all of your logistical support.

The rescued cats are now in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and our doctors and volunteers are taking care of their health. From now on, we have to find the owners, and host families. It will be a slow process. It would be great if you could keep supporting us with donations, cat food, and toilet sand. Also we always need volunteers to keep dogs and cats in a good environment. Thank you so much.


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 off-limits area. 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


If you want to support us in taking care of dogs and cats, please contact us!

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16 private animal rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in the off-limits area. (Nikkei news paper, January 6th, 2012)

January 8th, 2012

16 private animal rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in the off-limits area. (Nikkei news paper, January 6th, 2012)

On January 6th, the Ministry of Environment reported that 16 private rescue workers rescued 330 dogs and cats in December from the 20 km off-limits area. The Ministry of Environment had accepted their demand for permission to go into the off-limits area. 16 parties were granted the permission and went into the off-limits area from December 7th to 27th, 2011.

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TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital opposes the petition to revise the regulation for “prohibition of feeding” by the shopping street federation in Osaka, Nishi-ku.

January 3rd, 2011

A shopping street federation in Osaka, Nishi-ku, sent in a petition to the Osaka Municipal Government. The issue is that they are having trouble with cats, including house cats. The cats gather in the arcade, and it becomes their toilet. The arcade has been soiled, and costs a lot to clean. Osaka-city has started a supporter system for cats in the park. This is to pursue proper administration of cats in park since April in 2011. But the cats are not just in the park. Osaka city's system is not ideal, we can't dedend on it. We urgently ask you to assist with the disposal of droppings, or work towards revising the regulation.

Please consider putting into effect the disposal of excreta in the arcade, in addition to the park. If assistance cannot be offered, please reconsider and withdraw the regulation inflicting penalties for the feeding of homeless cats outside the designated area.

Here is our position on this petition. We oppose this petition to revise the regulation for “prohibition of feeding”.

The reason is as follows;

In Osaka-city, they have been taking measures to stop the increase of homeless cats, and also for the disposal of excreta. This has just begun. At this point the most important thing is to continue on with these policies, expand the applied area, and make it easy to cooperate with the system. To revise the regulation is unnecessary, and would be premature at this moment.

A measure by Osaka-city has verified significant tends with a questionnaire survey in 2010. 64.7% of residents said excreta damage has decreased. 73.1% said noise problems have decreased. 61.5% said the number of problematic cats decreased.
This measure is still in progress. If prohibition against feeding becomes a regulation, carrying a penalty, this would certainly create problems for the volunteers and supporters. Thus cooperation will decrease, and the supporter system could collapse. This system is getting the attention of some local governments. The immediate priority should be to concentrate on making this system more effective.

It is very rude and incomprehensible for a member of the municipal assembly to demand that Osaka-city prohibit feeding, as per the petition of Nishi-ku shopping street federation, in the restricted area.

Many local governments in Japan are struggling to cope with issues concerning homeless cats. To prohibit feeding would now would be untimely, counter-productive.
The shopping street federation demands assistance for disposal of excreta due to the expense to cleaning. The administration needs to research the actual situation, and find a solution. But a member of the municipal assembly demands the rush to enact a law to prohibit feeding. To enact law is not so easy. If someone is punished for feeding, it means this law makes criminals of residents. It could possibly be in violation of human rights.

The trouble is not only the homeless cats, but includes house cats. Therefore we must give priority to educating the owners. At the same time, please research the situation of sterilization and feeding, and then take measures regarding these. Before revising the regulation, it is first necessary to go step by step.

It would be a problem under the law to prohibit feeding of protected animals. If there is the inclusion of penalty, it would be more problem.

Please think through this for yourself, and share your opinions with Osaka-city.

Welfare bureau in Osaka-city. TEL 06-6208-9996 FAX 06-6232-0364

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Fujimi Park Shelter

January 2nd, 2012


Our shelter in Fujimi park will reach it's 6th year. I was focusing the rescue activity in Fukushima after March 11th, 2011, so I wasn't able to visit this shelter so much. I extend my sincere thanks to the volunteers at this shelter. They have been taking care of cats there with much love, enabling me to go to Fukushima.

Also heart-felt thanks to the foster parents for the cats in this shelter. The time goes so fast. I can’t express my appreciation enough.

Here is the volunteers blog for this shelter. Please visit sometimes and meet the 30 cats.

Nekotomo (in Japanese)

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New Year with Gigi

January 1st, 2012

The New Year has started. I ran as much as I could through 2011. I'll keep going for this year as well. I want to thank all of you who have been supporting me. I wish you a very happy new year.

Akiko Yui


New Year with Gigi

Gigi is an old dog, thought to be over 15 years old. He was rescued in Fukushima. He's terribly skinny, had difficulty standing up. He's now improving, and we were going to find a host family for the remainder of his life. But he has a heart problem, as well as filarial disease. We decided to keep him, as our family, in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. He loves people and can be happy with anyone. He likes to follow the volunteers. A very gentle dog.




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To save the disaster-area pets, Rescue Japanese Animal Victims (RJAV) opened a shelter in Koriyama.

I, Akiko Yui, am a delegate of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and also a member of NPO Yokohama Animal Family in Yokohama-city. For this rescue activity in Fukushima, we decided to cooperate together. We are busy with our own activity and can’t make contact so often. However, for such an emergency matter, our cooperative efforts are steadfast, hand in hand.

For example, in the past, I cooperated with Mrs. Masako Nonaka, who is the chairman of the board of directors of Yokohama Animal Family, and worked to help stop the beating to death of "tanuki", or "raccoon-dogs", in Shimane prefecture.

Chairman Nonaka is in the hospital, and not well. She felt sorry that she can’t join in the activity, but said she will take all responsibility, and let us work together. At this point a private rescue party can't apply to come into the off-limits area, only a corporate party can apply. Unfortunately TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is not corporate party. But we can’t miss this chance. I was left in high command, and manage the shelter entirely. I decided to go and do some rescuing as a member of Yokohama Animal Family.

The application was complicated and it took whole day. But we managed to get the permission. From December 21 to 27, I was doing rescue activity, even on Christmas day, and my birthday. I will report on it later.

By request of the owner, we set the capture cage in their house. But as we suspected, other cats came in one after another. We rescued cats from terrible conditions.

We have been hoping, waiting, to go into the off-limits area legally. So this time we don’t leave any pets, even without requests from owners. Maybe later we can find the owners.

So it is important to have a shelter near Fukushima. The pet hotel is giving us a good price, but we can’t do this for a long time. We have been discussing this with RJAV, and they found a place in Koriyama. After the health check (vaccine injection, sterilization, destruction of worms), we start to transfer the cats to Koriyama on December 30th.

Rescue Japanese Animal Victims (RJAV) (in Japanese)

The shelter is not so far from Tamagawa-mura, 2 stories and strong. The site is also big enough for the parking and also for sunbath and running.

I hope they get relief soon, and go back to their families, or find a host family.



They are found in Tomioka-machi, Futaba-gun, at the owner’s request, but they don't belong to this owner. They look similar, maybe brothers? Always close together. We urgently make a list of rescued pets.


The animal shelter in Koriyama has to start from nothing. We need volunteers, and your donations. We urgently need cat cages. These cages are used in Nyanda Guard and it looks comfortable for cats.


If you have a cage which you don’t use anymore, we would appreciate if you could donate it for the Koriyama shelter. Thank you so much for your support.
Please have a look the web site of RJAV to see where to send things.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is also receiving many cats. The doctors, staff, and volunteers are working day and night. It has become difficult to maintain the hectic pace.

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Rescue activity in Fukushima

December 28th, 2011

Our accommodation during rescue activity is on a hill. We have a beautiful view of the local landscape.




It starts snowing when the temperature lowers in the late afternoon. We start to worry about the next day's weather. My partner said even if there is snow, we certainly cannot to stop our activities. Very dependable. She is right. We must go. They are waiting.

5 tons of food, thanks to your support.




We delivered it all in places we knew, and where cats were waiting.
But even with so much food, we can only do so much. After we finished delivering all the food, we met another cat.

Wearing a collar. Where is your home?
We found the last package in the car and left it.


I hope we can come again.

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Donation event featuring an photo exhibition of Koji Nakagawa

December 21st, 2011

In cooperation with photographer Mr.Koji Nakagawa, we held a donation event featuring an exhibition of his photos. He has been photographing animals in the disaster area. He sometimes helped us rescue pets in Fukushima. We had many, many visitors. We deeply appreciate your interest and participation in this event.
On December 18th, 2 dogs and 5 cats found host families. Thank you so much for your generous support.






◆Save lives in the disaster area!

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital makes it a priority to rescue pets in Fukushima's off-limits area before it’s closed. We're receiving pets at the pet hotel in Fukushima, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, and a temporary animal house in Kawasaki. However, to rescue more lives, we need more shelter, and are looking for a second house around Kawasaki, where our base is. Please consider helping to rescue small lives, and share your love! We appreciate your support.

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

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Capture, abandonment, killing of stray cats? “No, even if it is a restaurant, or any service industry".

December 20th, 2011

As Funabashi city in Chiba prefecture announces on their web site, the trading of captured cats is becoming rampant all over the country. Please be cautious about cat catcher-traders.

Funabashi city Website
renewed August 22, 2011.
Recently we received information informing us that many cats are missing all around the country. Even in Funabashi-city, there is similar information. We think this is because of the trading of captured cats.
There are many dangers for cats outdoors. We recommend you keep cats in inside. Please be careful when your cats go out.
If you have any information regarding this, please call the Animal Protection and Guidance Center in your region.

This is not only about restaurants. Hotels and private residents also capture, abandon, and kill stray cats. Yokohama-city has announced that such action is “Forbidden”

On their web site, Yokohama city is lending equipment which prevents entry of invasive cats, and also providing information on how to prevent invasion by cats. If these problems persist, it will be necessary to tackled the problem on a regional level. This issue must be discussed and dealt with by public offices, as well as by the citizens who take care of stray cats.

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Shiro in Tamagawa riverbed.

December 16th, 2011

This year, most topics have been about the suffering animals in the disaster area. However, we must not forget about the animals in our local region.
There are so many abandoned dogs and cats in the Tamagawa riverbed, (Between Ota-ku, Tokyo and Kawasaki, Kanagawa), along with homeless people.


This is Shiro, 13 years old. He likes to bite, even the owner. But this owner takes care of Shiro, and as well as other dogs and cats. After a while, we brought food. Then we found swelling on Shiro. We brought him to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. It was cancer. We discussed with the owner whether do an operation or not. The owner lost another dog recently, which was 16 years old. The owner was terribly worried about whether Shiro could stand up to the operation, or if something might happen when Shiro stays in the hospital or… full of uneasiness. But he finally made his decision to let Shiro undergo the operation.

The operation was successful. As the anesthetic wore off, Shiro started to bite daily (!). The doctors, who have so much experience with violently resistant cats, had to be very careful about bites.

The owner was so happy when he came to meet Shiro. Shiro was also very happy. Our doctors were also happy, and relieved. See you soon Shiro. Take care and live long, but don’t bite too much.

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Visiting Nyanda Guard, Fukushima shelter vol.2

December 15th, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words. It is so clean. If my house were as clean as this, I could invite anyone, anytime….

All these photos are of different rooms. We noticed no foul odors at all. The cats look very comfortable in such a clean place.





I especially admire the isolation room. Even though it is super clean, nothing can win against a virus.

If you have been involved with protecting pets, you may have experience with Parvovirus. This virus is very strong. It can easily take a life, or cause long-term damage. If we can detect it early, and give prompt treatment, survival chances improve. Also it's very important to not to permit the spread of disease. So it is better to isolate until we check for Parvovirus. Then we can also get rid of the parasite.

Nyanda Guard has enough isolation rooms to protect the rescued lives.
Nyanda Guard blog (in Japanese)

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A cat from Tomioka-machi re-united with it's owner

December 13th, 2011

A Himalayan cat was rescued in Tomioka-machi by a volunteer. We helped her to find it's owner. We couldn’t find the owner for 6 months. Eventually we found a very good host family instead. While this Himalayan had to stay at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, the host family visited TNR very often, as if to take care of their child.

Eventually the owner found our blog, and contacted us. In fact this Himalayan is 16 years old! We discussed this with the host family, and decided to return it to the owner. The owner is a mother and her daughter. The daughter has moved to an apartment that can accept cats.

On December 12th, the owner came.
The Himalayan's head touches the owner’s hand...

...stares at the face...

...continues staring at the face while in her arms.

Let’s start a new life!

The rescued pets suffer damaged health. But more than that, they have severe stress, so far from their owners. This Himalayan enjoys some relief, and thrives.
We are very sorry for the host family. We surely appreciate their understanding.
Many people involved with one small life is the reason this Himalayan could return to it's family.

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Disaster Area

December 10th, 2011
Disaster area 3 (Katsurao mura, Ochiai)


She came out to meet us as soon as we got of the car. There was an empty plastic bag of food in the garden. She must be starving. She misses people, wants affection. Her right eye has become clouded.

Disaster area 4 (Tamura-city, Miyakojimachifurumachi)

There were 2 dogs. The brown male dog doesn’t have a doghouse. The white female dog has one, but it's pretty broken down.

No one at home. The rain started in the afternoon. There's no way for them to avoid the rain.

After giving them food, we went to buy a doghouse. When we came back, the owner had just come back home. “We can’t leave the dogs. So we can’t evacuate.” They love their dogs, but why no doghouse?? Anyway, they accept the doghouse from us.


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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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