The remaining kitten in Iwaki Chuo Interchange was captured. I am so relieved.
I brought back 5 more. I will report about them later.
I admire this kitten for holding on alone. It looks like she/he caught a cold, she has teary eyes.
Go straight to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. I want her/him to be together with brothers. She/he can be better sooner rather than staying in the hospital. 3 brothers are in a volunteer’s house. She was also worried about this kitten and agreed to accept it willingly. I hope everybody can be ready soon for our donation event.
Regarding cats around the gas station at Iwaki Chuo Interchange, I am very worried about a kitten which we couldn’t capture on September 28. Tonight, a volunteer will set the capture cage. Hoping that kitten and other cats go into the capture cage, and can leave Kawasaki. Then next day, early on the morning of the 4th, I will go to Naraha-machi for feeding. This time, my purpose is not only the feeding and TNR. I am going to ask for the cooperation of the residents, for efficient activity before Winter comes. Naraha-machi is an entrance of the off-limits area. It will be a big help to get the residents' cooperation.
I saw a black dog and brown dog in Okuma-machi. If I were their owner, would they be jumping on me?
Did they hear the noise of the car? Or just feel the presence of people? Did they approach me because of hunger, or because they miss people?
I saw the collar on their neck. They are waiting their owner.
They look hungry.
I threw the baked bonito to them. Not only cats loved baked bonito, but dogs too.
I got closer, within 1m, but it will take a time to capture them. If I was their owner, they would be jumping for joy, all over me. I leave the food and water. I want to see you again.
Yokohama-city will start free sterilization for some stray cats as a public undertaking from April, 2013.
Yokohama-city will start free sterilization for some stray cats as a public undertaking from April, 2013. (from Kanagawa newspaper on September 26)
Yokohama-city has decided to do sterilization for some stray cats free of charge at Yokohama-city animal welfare center beginning in 2013. The previous care programs will continue as well. The free operation will be provided for about 10 cats per month. The City Health and Welfare Bureau said “We heard the call of citizens asking for free operations. We want to reduce the number of stray cats.”
The operation will be performed by veterinarians of the Veterinarian Society. This cost will be born by city. They will examine how to choose ten.
The subsidy from the city for sterilization is 4000 yen for house cats and 6000 yen for stray cats. This is born by city and Veterinarian Society. For 2012, they appropriated the budget of about 20,000,000 yen (for 4400 cats).
Yokohama-city started to assist the sterilization cost from 1988, when about 12,000 cats were captured in a year. Since then, the number of captured cats has decreased. It was 1565 in 2011. About 396 cats found new families, or returned, but 188 were killed. Over 900 cats died of sickness or debilitation. There were 3550 complaints about stray cats from residents in 2011.
Jyoban route is temporary closed from Iwaki to Yotsukura. Nice view on route 6 to Yotsukura. There was a stretch of rice-fields with ripening grain. Beautiful. Since I started this activity in Fukushima, I have been witnessing the change of the four seasons in a way I haven't experienced since childhood. The Japanese pampas grass and rice swaying in the wind remind me of the scenery of my hometown in Yamanashi, but I don’t have time to stop.
The search at the checking point became harder. I have to show my driver license of course. But now all the fellow passenger have to show identification.
As soon as I came into the off-limits area, I went straight to Okuma-machi. We are not sure how this area will be. Okuma-machi and a part of Futaba-machi is a top priority. As soon as we finish setting the capture cage, we leave the food at feeding points and then stock for the next time.
The road was covered by very tall weeds. The landscape was totally changed.
We just go to the feeding points. At the feeding points, we try to use the things which the owner has in the house.
130 points in 2 days, 65 points in one day. If it is only the feeding, ok, but it takes a time to set the capture cage.
Okuma-machi is close to the nuclear power plants. I set 2 capture cages in the morning. The place I chose is as safe as I could find in terms of protection from dangerous animals. I will collect before it get’s dark.
About 6 months old beige kitten was inside.
The captured cats on the first day were in a safe place in Naraha-machi. with the cooperation of residents.
In mid-September, I went to Naraha-machi. We have to get gas before we go onto the highway. Otherwise we have to wait till next morning for the gas stations to open. We usually get gas at Tomobe, but we forgot, and passed it. So we drove down to the Iwaki Chuo Interchange and stopped at the closest 24 hour gas station. Filled up on gas, and started the engine......then I found a kitten in front of the gas station.
Actually there were 2 kittens and mother, all brown tabby. When I took out the food, they came closer. I told the people in this gas station that I want to protect these cats. Otherwise they will multiply, and living wild near the highway is quite dangerous. I got their understanding. I will come back after the activity in afflicted area.
My activity in Fukushima this time was 2 days in off-limits areas and Naraha-machi. So another volunteer went to this gas station. But before I went into the off-limits area, I stopped by this place.
I couldn’t find the 3 brown tabbies, but 4 other kittens were behind the gas station. They were going to eat the carcass of baby mole. It seems they got food sometimes, from someone, but maybe not enough.
Here is some food.
I told the gas station that a volunteer will come tomorrow and set the capture cage.
The result from this gas station was 3 kittens, 2 black and 1 gray stripes. Remaining 1 brown tubby didn’t show up. I am very worried about the one left. I want to go back as soon as possible but can’t find the time. Also 1 female adult cat was in the capture cage in this place. I can’t decide yet if I take her back after the sterilization or keep her.
We also couldn’t find that mother and 2 kittens. I'll try to find them again. Last time it was dark, and we couldn’t see anything around the gas station. But this time, during the day, I could see some houses behind. Maybe they come and go from this area. But the problem is that they have not been sterilized.
TNR or capture activity is not so easy all the way up in Fukushima, so far from Tokyo. As I don’t have very much time, it is a headache for me. But I know I have to go again several times.
I came back from Fukushima.
Thank you so much for all of your support.
I set 20 capture cages. The time is so limited. I have to capture the kittens before winter comes. If kittens can’t find food, it is difficult for them to survive.
Fukushima nuclear power plant accident : the animal sterilization hospital opens.
(from Mainichi newspaper on September 16)
The Animal Rescue System Fund in Kobe-city opened “Fukushima Animal Sterilization Clinic” in Shirakawa-city in Fukushima on September 16th. This is a special hospital for sterilization of dogs and cats, aimed at avoiding mass breeding in areas afflicted by the nuclear power plants accident.
The fund said that after Hanshin disaster, feeding of wild cats and dogs at temporary housing led to an increase in the number of animals killed the following year. In Fukushima, they loan out capture cages, and aim for 1000 spaying operations in the first year.
On the first day, they performed the operation for 37 cats, which were captured in evacuated areas in Katsurao-mura and temporary houses in Kawauchi-mura. Delegate Hiro Yamazaki (44) said that sterilization is the only way to stop the birth of underprivileged lives, and wants to advance this project.
This activity will be for 2 years.
It will be managed by donation.
Contact : email@example.com
I have been looking for 5 cats following a request from the owner. However, I found only 3. For the remaining 2, I continue to leave food and set the capture cage, but have not found them yet.
The owner went back home temporary the other day.
Another cat was in the capture cage.......
There are some sort of footprints in the house.
I left so much water.
Left food outside as well.
At several places.
I told the owner on the phone “Let’s try again”. But the owner said “I won’t go home again. It is so painful to see the house left to dilapidate..... If I can’t go home for 5 years, I will be 85!!!” “That house is the only place your cat goes back to. We have to protect it. I will go to your house in this week. You’d better have some rest.” I said. This owner kept saying “Just the cats.....” I can’t find good words to encourage her.
A humane association found cats in their owner’s house one and a half years after the disaster. This gave me hope. Whenever I talk to the owner, I will tell them this story to give them hope.