The feeding points are at the land of owners who requested rescue, and also places where we saw cats. These feeding point areas have never had reconstruction after the disaster. They have crumbled under the repeated heavy rain.
In this town no longer occupied by humans, what shall we think about the hard lives of these abandoned animals?
I want them to live.
I want to give them life.
I can’t help but to think like this.
But on the other hand, I sadly think that they can’t be given life. I only can hope they survive a little longer.
Panda, whom we rescued, finally returned to his family.
That night when we rescued Panda was the night before the off-limits area has set. I am so grateful to the volunteers who went along with me until last minute, and Ishikawa Animal Friends, which took care of Panda for over 1 year. Ishikawa Animal Friends supported the owners, and is still taking care of many cats who are ill, or that the owners can’t take back.
Lives should be saved.
Lives should be lived together.
I deeply thank you so much, those who have been supporting us.
Still now, I have to face so many abandoned lives in the off-limits area. It reminds me of the affection and responsibility of the owners. The owners are also suffering, but I wish they could work with us to rescue their pets.
The construction work is going well. As I don’t have much budget, for now the construction work is restricted to minimum requirements. Later on we will devise the rest with the volunteers. If anyone can offer cooperation with some home carpentry, please contact us.
Does anybody know this cat?
The owner is looking for this cat in Futaba-machi. Cat’s name is Moris, male, black and white.
Moris has very specific markings (pattern?). Any information is appreciated.
This auto-feeding box was made for Winter. Now it has some problems due to humidity from the rainy season.
At the beginning, the cattle or the wild boar destroyed it while eating. So we set it with some heavy things and used rope.
With so much humidity, the food doesn’t going down. So we put the food in a plastic bag and reset it. Then the food went down without any problem. I hope it keeps going but the humidity is a big issue. I have to check it next time.
The owner of this house requested that we rescue their cats. We rescued a silky fowl in this area the day before the off-limits area was set. We have kept leaving the food there, and so many cats and dogs belonging to neighbors were rescued. Close to the nuclear power plant, there are still many cats depending on this food box. We want to rescue many more but there is never enough time, it goes so fast.
Koirino in Ohkuma-machi. We still can’t find 2 cats that were requested. Regardless, the authorities will block the area soon.
Thank you for coming to our donation event.
Many people came to our donation event on July 7th and 8th.
I think word got around because Tokyo newspapers mentioned our event.
Many cats from Fukushima and the animal welfare center found their new families, with many people’s support.
I thank you so much!
Our next donation event will be on July 14th and 15th. We do our best, with all of our staff, to find new families for cats and a dogs. We would appreciate it if you can consider welcoming a cat or dog into your family. Sakura is a 3 month old female dog. She is a very adorable character and doesn’t bark much.
Volunteers for our donation event are welcome, even for only one day. Please contact us using this form.
【Our next donation event】
★July 14th, Sat.
At Rope station – Kawasaki, Ginryugai (East exit of JR Kawasaki station)
★July 15th, Sat.
At Horiguchi Yakkyoku - Kawasaki, Ginryugai (East exit of JR Kawasaki station)
TIME: 12:00pm to 16:00pm
Cats still waiting for their owner in the off-limits area.
It's impossible to go into the off-limits area without finding the dead bodies of cats. This time also we found a Siamese that had been hit by a car, and a tanuki (raccoon dog), dead from an accident, or or possibly exhaustion.
The gentle flowers heal our pain.
And there are still lives there.
One old couple asked us to find their cat. They are advanced in years, it would be difficult for them to make the temporary visits to their home.
I visit their house every month but I couldn’t even see this cat. Then we saw a red tabby go into this house.
They said their cat is red tabby. I quickly took the photo. I send this photo to the owner of this house. If they could know that their cat is still living, they would be greatly encouraged.
Before dark, we finally arrived at the house. We saw a tortoiseshell. This is not the cat that the owners requested. I told this cat that 'you can eat and you don’t have to run away. I promise you to come back again'.
For the new shelter, I attach importance to preventing escape, and comfortable living for the cats. A neighbor, who has enjoyed the benefits of and of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, offered cooperation on the interior finishing. They allowed a conscientious price. The plan has delayed because of the rescue activity in Fukushima. But finally we started for the interior finishing.
Low on working capital, shorthanded, pressed for time all the time, but I have to go on, one by one. I thank you all of your support. Please keep watching our activity.
Cats in a temporary shelter. I don’t know why they all gather here. Maybe they are enjoying looking into the room of the cat guy.
Tamagawa Pet Cemetery, where we are asking you to send the relief goods such as food or toilet sand, is about 1 hour and 50 minutes by car from the off-limits area. We load 1.5t of goods in the night for the next day.
There is no water access in off-limits area. With a little luck, the rain drops gather in an empty vessel. We bring the water with a plastic tank but it is not enough. We clean the dirty vassel at the feeding point and put in one third of the clean water. We leave the vessel in the yard, expecting rain .
We sometimes see a water vessel on the street. We understand that it means there are some cats around the area. Then we stop the car and add some water and food if there are any food vessels. If we find an empty plastic food bag, we take it, and leave new food.
It's best to get permission from the resident, but we have no idea where they have evacuated to. The town office has never told me this information. So we have to take all responsibility for this activity. I so much appreciate other rescue parties, who also continue their rescue activity.
When we were leaving the food at one point, one car stopped. I was startled, it may be a police car. Ah, but it was the car of another rescue party.
We set this feeding point, and kept adding food. I knew someone else was adding to it, but I didn’t know who. It is great that the rescue parties cooperate like this. Thank you so much. They are volunteers from outside of Fukushima.
Their purpose was to find a mother and child dog. It is so difficult to find and capture dogs. We see the dogs sometimes but all of them run away. We have to take time for the dogs.
The fur was matted, skin mangy. How they look is telling us the severity of the situation. We saw a small dog, mixed Pomeranian. He/She tried to run away. I urgently threw the baked bonito from the car window.
This dog came back, must be starving.
He/She ate it.
We sometimes meet another rescue party. They all try to cover the whole area. We have to go on.
Wildflowers always open gently and beautifully. It give us a relaxing moment. I always want to say I am sorry to the flowers.
The town hasn't changed after the disaster, other than a little road repair.
We leave the food stock in one house where the owner had many dogs and cats, and took care of street cats. They offered their office to use to store the food. This is very helpful.
Last April 22,24:00, Namie-machi was blocked as an off-limits area. Many rescue parties and volunteers made desperate efforts to rescue before it was blocked. We worked on without sleep for 60 hours! We were challenged to our human limits.
When we had only 1 hour left, I still had a place to go for one dog. I met this dog last time. This dog ran after our car but it was completely full of cats and really no space. I promised to come back. I couldn’t think about this dog without crying. 15 minutes to be closed. I drove around so many unfamiliar places. My memory became unsure but we drove through Namie-machi at midnight.
Then that dog appeared! I came here for you. Come with us. But this friendly dog doesn’t want to go into the car. We were desperate to let him in. We slowly surround this dog and close in little by little. If the police car comes, certainly we have to leave immediately. Finally the dog came into the cage in the car. It was 1:00am. I know this is violation but I couldn’t leave this dog. I didn’t say that we were still in the area. I was concerned about making any trouble for other parties. Still now, I can’t announce everything about the activity in the off-limits area.
After the off-limits area was set, some parties announced activity beyond the barricade and some not. I have never felt guilty about rescuing the pets, and wanted to announce everything. But the police were so vigilant, and we could never win this fight against the government. If they guard stricter, we won’t be able to go in and we won’t be able to save lives. This is why we decided not to announce for a while. I respect either decision, and thank all who continue the activity.
The dog that I rescued in Namie-machi was at last brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.
We are full of cats and pets in the city. Ishikawa Animal Friends offered to accept some dogs and cats. This male dog, “Panda”, also moved to Ishikawa Animal Friends. Some people don’t approve of transferring the animals to areas far away. It is easy to criticize. I don’t think they are wrong but I still think these people don’t know much about what is happening in the off-limits area. I am so grateful to people who accept our dogs and cats. They save so many lives. The off-limits area is another world and our common sense doesn’t fit.
NHK broadcasting picked up this dog, and luckily the owner was found.
The owner told me that their other 1 dog and 8 cats are still in the off-limits area. Then I decided to continue the activity beyond the barricade.
We rescued 6 cats and they were also accepted by Ishikawa Animal Friends. We still can’t find the other 2 cats, but through this activity, I confirmed their existence. At the same time, we captured many cats from their neighbors and returned them to the families.
Panda was accepted by another family in Ishikawa. But as his owner finally started to live in a temporary house after changing from the shelter. On June 28th, the owner went to Ishikawa to pick him up.
Panda is an adorable dog and I also wanted to keep him with me. It is hard to imagine how much this family misses Panda. Even though they understand and accept the situation, I feel sorry for them. But he is loved by so many people, and now is back with his family. I hope he will never be alone again, and hope happiness will be his constant companion.
1 year and 3 months after the disaster, Panda met his family again, and now lives with them in the temporary housing unit. I appreciate so much Ishikawa Animal Friends, and people who care about Panda. Thank you so much.
I just came back from Fukushima. Thank you so much for your support as usual. It is always hard working in the off-limits area. I am exhausted this time as well.
The food stock in the off-limits area has finished, and we brought 2.5t of food. We have to stop at over 100 feeding points, and then set the capture cage. Always we meet with so many unexpected accidents.
On the last day, we started to leave the food from 5:30am and finished at 21:30pm. These few months, in order to avoid police cars we didn’t move so much, but as we can’t go there so often, we have to stop at all the points. Lately the situation has changed, and we didn’t meet police cars, even at midnight.
I am worried that the off-limits area will soon be blocked completely. The owners of cats we found still let us leave the food on their land. This is big help.
We had an accident. In the off-limits area, the engine has stopped..... We had performed a safety check the day before we left, and checked the battery.... this is not good for my heart.
There is a repair shop just in front of TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital. I called from Fukushima at 7:30am, but he took the call! After trying a few times with his advice, I finally got the engine started.
We set the capture cage on land where the owner has asked us to find their cats. We started from Ohkumamachi and Futabamachi. These towns will be blocked as impossible return areas.
The residents went home temporarily a while ago. One owner has been quite concerned about their 3 cats, but they still can’t find them. They don’t know when they will be able to go home, and they may never go home. The owner told me that they left lots of food in the storage. I opened this storage and.....We understand their earnest wish.
The food supply had shrunk. We found the footprints of cats. I want to rescue as much as I can before the area is blocked by barricades. Before the deadline.
We move from one place to another, making contact with other fellows. One thing for sure is that rescue activity must be prepared for any kind of accident.
To be continued..........