November 11th, 2012

She got better, and got the vaccine.

I have to go to Fukushima from now. I am going to leave Miku in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. If the veterinarian gives permission to let her join with the donation event, she might join a little bit. But I have strong feeling for this cat and don’t want to let her go.




The Styrofoam bed and feeding box for preparation for winter in Fukushima.

Every year, one volunteer donates to us some brand new Styrofoam boxes for which her company had no need. This is very helpful, because we can use them for wildcats and cats in Fujimi Park.

Today we made these boxes into bed and food boxes for the cats in Fukushima. Here are a big one and a small one. For the big one, we make a hall on each side, and for the small one, we make a big hall to be an entrance. The thick Styrofoam becomes a very warm bed. We will set this bed at a high position, like on a shelf, to avoid attacks from other animals.


This also becomes a food box. The cat can go into this box and avoid the crow.
This is well-made for only one winter. After that, we can take them out easily.


We prepared as many as possible to load into the car. She is setting the materials such as to avoid the wind.


We put as much food as possible in the Styrofoam boxes. We also load 10 empty shochu (booze) bottles from “Uncle Cat”. This is convenient for watering. But I think “Uncle Cat” drinks too much.




I have so many things to do this time as well. Pray to the cat god to not be caught by police.......

Let’s go.


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8 cats from Fukushima moved into the new shelter.

November 11th, 2012

8 cats from Fukushima moved into the new shelter from TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. They were waiting for new families for quite a long time in the cage at the hospital. Despite the caring devotion of volunteers, some of them are still very troubled.
The shelter is like a regular house. Under the care of volunteers, they will get used to living there. It is totally different from their past life in the cage. We hope they will eventually warm up and relax in their new environment. Then we'll try to find their new families again.


Let’s go to the new shelter by car.


Here they arrived. So many fellows are here. “Hello! Another one came”

“Hello. Welcome.”


Some volunteers were waiting for us. They checked the name list one by one and left them in the room.



This third floor is for leukemia-stricken cats. Good evening Mario. He always welcomes us. The ill cats have been stable, thanks to daily health checks by the volunteers. Thanks volunteers!


The rescue activity from Fukushima/off-limits area keeps going on. Our new shelter “Animal House” protects lost cats, cats which the owners can’t accept, untamed wild cats, sick cats, old cats, and kittens born after the disaster.


Mass recruitment for volunteers who take care of cats! Beginners is welcome!!
Please CONTACT us.


We need your help! Your donation allows us to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can to help the life of cats. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us for our “Animal House”

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

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Waiting impatiently

November 10th, 2012

Tomioka-machi, Fukushima. I am so sorry to make you wait. The feeding should have been done at least once a week, but entry is forbidden. They are waiting so desperately. I am sorry, I am sorry.


I have been trying so hard, but it is really difficult to take care of all the feeding points.



There are so many animals living in the desolated towns. Small life or big life, they're all on the move in search of food for survival.

I saw rats, squirrels, rabbits.

This is not your fault Mr.Pig.

This is also not your fault, wild boar pig family....but they will be vilified and killed.

In the night, there are so many raccoon dog couples. Raccoon dog couples live together all their life. They always use the same place for their toilet, making a mountain. So if they decide the toilet is in the house, this will damage that house.



The earlier we capture the dogs and cats, the more we can reduce the trouble.

I got a call from a resident from Namie. She said that five days ago she received a notice in circulation. It was a questionnaire about dogs and cats. There will be a meeting soon. She said she will ask “How can you mistreat the volunteers who come from far to give food to cats. These cats are not even their cats".

We need to hear the voices of the residents. This is the only way to save these dogs and cats. This is a chance to raise many loud voices of concerned residents. If anyone knows more about this, please contact us.

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The owner of Colon (rescued in Ohkuma-machi in March, 2012.) is found.

November 9th, 2012
The owner of Colon was found through the list of Wakanyan-san. I thank you so much for such a great effort.

We had found him a new family, but as is always the policy for cats from Fukushima, in a case where the original owner is found, we will give him back.

His foster parent said that Colon loves the resident cat. He comes into same bed, he wants to be together, he wants to play together. The resident cat also looks for him when he disappears.



Thinking about both households, it is not so simple just give him back, as we promised.

Anyway, I tried to talk to both many times. We all thought about the happiness of this cat. And finally we reached the solution that we should let him stay with his new family. Both of them could keep contact. The owner was talking about Ohkuma-machi, to which they will never return. They felt relieved that Kaede (Colon) is loved by the new family. I told the owner that Kaede came into the capture cage at a feeding point in someone else’s house. The owner said that they will leave some food in their house when they temporarily go home for other cats.

Dear residents who still can’t find your cats, the most important thing is to secure a feeding place. Cats won’t forget their home, even if they go far away to find food. The probability of them coming home is very high. Right now, there are raccoon dogs, ("tanuki"), and wild boar at some feeding places. They may go into the house and damage it. But we can set the feeding point outside, under a roof, or in the storage.

While searching for rescued cats, remember that there's a high probability that the ones you're looking for haven't been rescued yet, so please keep an eye on the situation. Please think of what you would do if it were your child who still survived, and was waiting for your rescue. They can’t live without food. They face starvation and loneliness as they die. Please leave some food where you were living. Please do your best to save your family, your own child. If, for any reason, you can’t do that, please contact us.

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Mirai-chan, captured near the nuclear power plant.

November 8th, 2012

This is a place I visit every month, following a request from the owner. I found Hikari here. She was only 350g, but I think she was about 2.5 months old. I set the automatic food box in the storage and also left food on the shelf. I opened the door narrowly, with tape, for easy passage of cats. But when I came back, the door was fully open. Hikari was in the bed which I made. It seems other animals ate all the food. Hikari was too small to jump on the shelf. She was completely weakened. I want to make a better situation, but if I stay in one place so long, a police car will come.



I want to protect the mother cat. I came back to this place after 2 weeks. When I got closer by car to the storage, I could see that the door was fully open again. Then a volunteer said “kitten!”

Quickly we set the capture cage. There is no place to hide our car. Let’s pray.....

Then we captured a kitten similar to Hikari. They are certainly sisters. I thought Hikari is the last one. How admirably you survived.



I could save this kitten because of Hikari. I decided her name will be “Mirai”. Mirai should live for Hikari as well.

This is the boundary of life and death. I want to save them all. I have to go.

I appreciate all of your support.

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Animals in the off-limits area, Fukushima

November 4th, 2012

Animals in the off-limits area, Fukushima
Reprinting from Animal Network http://animalnetwork.jimdo.com/

There are still many dogs, cats and domestic animals in the off limits-area of Fukushima. According to the Ministry of the Environment, (MOE), 330 people are still looking for their dogs and cats.

This is the number which MOE has verified. So it could be more than 330 people. The Reconstruction Agency offered about 100,000,000 yen to the conservation activity of the Japan Wildlife Research Center. Under the observation of MOE and Fukushima prefecture, Japan Wildlife Research Center did protection activity from September 7 to October 2. However, this project was not widely known, even to animal owners. In some cases, they didn’t even know that about investigations and protection of the animals.

Now among the surviving cats are the 4th generation since the disaster. Among cattle are the 3rd generation. Preventive measures against breeding are necessary immediately not only for animal welfare, but also for environmental conservation and security of the residents.

But the government currently has no plans for preventive measures such as TNR in the off-limits area. Sterilization by the Japan Wildlife Research Center is only done in the temporary shelter in Miharu. They don’t have any plan for TNR, or any preventive measures in the off-limits area. (from the interview with MEO on October 22)

It is a fact that in and around the off-limits area the animals, (especially cats), of unknown ownership, continue to breed. Why are there no measures for this? Even right after the disaster, this issue was foreseen, but to little avail.

It is obvious that there are dogs and cats in the off-limits area. However, volunteer rescue parties are not permitted to go in to leave food and water. Cities, towns, and villages, are not permitted to do protection activity, because that activity in last year was under national and prefectural jurisdiction. Resumption of protection activity by contractors, such as that done from September 7 to October 2 this year, (captured: one dog and 131 cats), hasn't been permitted. In addition, there are no plans for protection activity by civil cooperation, such as that of last year, under the observation of MOE and Fukushima prefecture.

There is no doubt that many unfortunate animals, including the second and the third generation ones, trapped in areas contaminated by radiation, will die of hunger and cold.

They are polluted by radioactivity and surviving in an area where the comings and goings of the people are extremely limited. From the point of view of animal welfare, we must not allow the increase of such animals.

To reduce the number of animals by depriving them of food is unfortunately too common in this country. For example, the number of deer in Miyajima was increased to promote tourism, but irresponsibly so. Then, faced with a problem of their own making, the authorities used starvation as an attempt at remedy. Generally, providing food to wild cats is discouraged. So now the wild cats become weak, and perish. To reduce the number of animals without feeding is certainly cruelty.

On the other hand, the objective of “communally owned cats” is to provide sterilization and food, thus gently reducing the number of cats in the area, in a kinder harmony with nature. The legal reform of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals this year specified “because it (the "communally owned cats" program) is effective, there must be further promotion by Government and people.”

“Leave your pets” (some local governments), “feeding prohibited”, “forbidden to take out pets”. What happened in Fukushima overlaps with our country’s inadequate animal administration policies.

In this country, there are animal shelters for disposal, but no public shelters to keep them alive, (although Kumamoto-city has made enlightened efforts at zero disposal policies).

Our country, giving permission to sell unreasonably young kittens and puppies in pet shops, or via the internet, is out of line with international standards. (Unfortunately, the regulation of kittens and puppies under 8 weeks of age couldn’t be included in the legal reform of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals in 2012. We will try again.) As a result of this, mass producction⇒easy marketing⇒abandonment when owners get bored, breeding without sterilization, collection of roaming cats and dogs⇒immediate disposal by the administration. This, all for the purpose of “mass production, and mass consumption, of living things.” And it is so difficult to change.

The governments’ inaction regarding the animals in the off-limits area is indicative of animal administration policies in Japan. What is this disregard for life? It's sad that such things should be possible in an advanced nation.

Such an outdated approach to various animal problems in Japan was exposed by Fukushima. We can say that Fukushima is the microcosm of all Japan.

We have to learn from Fukushima. Otherwise Japan can’t be changed. This is not only about animals, but also our human rights and democracy. Everything is connected.


How we should manage the abandoned animals in off-limits area

We have been making demands to the governments of prefectures, cities, towns, villages, TEPCO. Again we state our demands.

We have to make life possible for let abandoned animals. First and most basic, we must protect them, and give them back to the owners. We must support construction/reconstruction of housing, so that animals and owners can continue their lives together. If the owner can’t have them again, the government should support the search for new adopting families. If it is not possible to fine a new family, pets, including those of unknown ownership, should be able to live in public shelters. If it is difficult to get them out of the off-limits area, complete sterilization and care, (feeding and water supply) should be provided for this one generation.

The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals must be made more effective in emergency situations or disasters, utilizing policies of “companion refugee”, “complete sterilization (even if it is limited-time offer)”, “complete registration of dogs”, and “promotion of microchips for identification”.

Finally, we must hold TEPCO, and the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, to account.

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Please owners, let your voices be heard by the town councilor and the town hall.

October 31, 2012
Please owners, let your voices be heard by the town councilor and the town hall.

Whenever I visit Fukushima, I feel the season. But I feel them changing so quickly.


In October, I focused on leaving food in the off-limits area. I left more than usual.



I hope the hungry cats can smell it, and reach the food.
I put matatabi powder on the food to make it easier to find the food.


“Your family is waiting. Lots of food is in the storage as usual. Eat a lot, you have to survive. I will bring your bed next time.





I have to capture in areas where survival is difficult.
Now I must take this cat out without getting noticed by police.


This situation can be changed if the owners and residents make stronger demands to the town councilor. Dithering and waiting costs lives. We must continue our appeals until they are saved.

Please show your love and responsibility. You as an owner and a resident have more power to move the authorities rather than we outsiders and animal rescue parties.

Aren’t they your family? Your children? It is not too late. Please raise your voice to the authorities to save traumatized lives abandoned in the off-limits area. Please try again and again. If it happened to me, I certainly would do that.

As Inu Neko Kyusainowa, I sent the following demand to the Ministry of Environment and Fukushima prefectural government:

Last December, 16 private animal rescue parties had permission from Fukushima prefecture and village governments to rescue dogs and cats from the off-limits area. Please urgently consider the resumption of this project. The parties which had permission last year have already met requirements, and they could resume actions immediately.

Winter in Fukushima is so cold. We don’t have much time. PLEASE spread the word, and raise your voice to MOE (Ministry of Environment) and Fukushima prefectural government!! Thank you.

※The Namie local government is about to stop issuing permits for animal rescuers. Please DO NOT protest to the Namie local government. Please take demands to the central and Fukushima Prefectural Governments.

★MOE (The Ministry of Environment) https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/ (English form) Email: shizen-some@env.go.jp  TEL: 03-3581-3351 FAX: 03-3581-3351

★Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, public relations department 〒960-8670  2-16 Sugitsuma-chou, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima-ken TEL: 024-521-7012 FAX: 024-521-7901 Email: kouho@pref.fukushima.lg.jp

Thanks to Momokohime for reprinting this issue in English! http://ameblo.jp/momokohime7/entry-11389786587.html

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NR activity in Naraha, Fukushima

October 30, 2012 T

After the tsunami, one owner said they would never come home. The many house cats, and also wild cats, which they were feeding, are still there. I keep in touch with this owner, and I will capture those cats and find new families, or do TNR.

There is hope for the residents to come home someday after the decontamination. Then we could decide whether the cats can go back to their families, or need to find new families. If neither option is possible, we have to observe the cats after TNR.







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Came back from Fukushima. Thank you so much for your support.

October 29th, 2012

We received so many plastic cases to make food boxes. The volunteers of Inuneko Kyusainowa and TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital helped me to fill the food containers. I don’t know when I will be able to go again. We mix the various kinds of food your support has provided.


Last time, my car blew out. This time, again, the car is fully loaded. At least I learned how to change a tire at a car shop, and also checked tire inflation pressure.


I have to drive alone for the first day. I feel a bit helpless.





Let’s start feeding. I started from Tomioka, where I couldn’t go last time. The entire container was empty. I am so sorry.




The resident of this house found their cat. But they still offer their house as a feeding place.



We have tried to be very careful, but the long vacant house became dilapidated. Many wild animals came, and they broke the food container. It is necessary to set a stronger food box, and strive for frequent maintenance. But because this activity is not recognized as a public service, it is not so easy to improve.


A cat seems to be looking for food.

If this activity could be a recognized public service, I could take more time to capture them, and take them away from Fukushima. Then the owners, too, would be saved. There would be less complaints of damage, and increase, of cats, etc. The official attitude towards animal welfare lags behind the necessity for better policies.



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Because the lives are there...

October 28th, 2012

People ask me why I go there. Because there are lives there.

If they were not there, I wouldn’t go.

It could easily be forgotten that there is a house in the depths of this landscape. But here, in a place where no one else goes, I know there is life, and I think I must go. Back when we met I promised that I won’t abandon you.

Tall grasses, why won't you let me through. Don’t hinder me.


For the residents who asked me to go to their house, I leave food in the house, or in the storage, depending on the situation.





Water has gone so quickly. I leave the vessel outside to collect the rain. I have to come again.

The season has changed, and we are well into fall.


There are some lives which remain desperate to survive. How they need love.


What are you thinking, there, behind the wood?


Please listen their voice!

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October 26th, 2012

At 2:30AM, a tiny life, “Hikari”, became a star. A precious life has gone.

Born to misfortune and misery. Why can’t it be saved? Who did this to them?


I am so sorry Hikari. You tried so hard to live, even in such suffering, with a skinny, tiny, body. I am sorry. I am sorry. I hope you can be born again in a land where you can have happy life.

I will talk to you often when I look up to the sky. You were adorable. I loved you so much.


Shed light on such tiny life!

October 23rd, 2012

A tiny kitten from Okuma-machi named “Hikari” (light). Her breath is not normal.

She is too skinny and has diarrhea with coccidian (parasites). Just hang in there!

I hope the light shines on her life!




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Central and Fukushima prefectural government allowed private rescuers to rescue pets in No-go-zone only once (last December).
Now, we demand permits again, before severe winter comes.

PLEASE spread the word, and send your voice to MOE (Ministry of Environment) and Fukushima prefectural government !! Thank you.

※About Namie local government is about to stop issuing permit for animal rescuers, please DO NOT protest for Namie local government. Please demand for the central and Fukushima prefectural government.

★MOE (The Ministry of Environment)

https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/ (English form)

Email: shizen-some@env.go.jp 

TEL: 03-3581-3351
FAX: 03-3508-9278

★Govonor of Fukushima Prefecture, public relations department

2-16 Sugitsuma-chou, Fukushima-shi, Fukushima-ken

TEL: 024-521-7012
FAX: 024-521-7901

Email: kouho@pref.fukushima.lg.jp

The translation is by “Momoko-Hime's Blog”.
Thank you so much!

Abandoned from birth Ohkuma-machi, Fukushima

October 21st, 2012

Once a family called me and said “my grandmother left her cat”. Since then I keep visiting her house to leave food in the storage. I always leave the food for a month. I keep the door open very narrowly, just enough for a cat, but some kind of animal seems to have opened it fully to come in. This happen not only this place. I wonder when the food ran out. Last time, I left a toilet, with cover, and put a blanket in it. Then this time, a tiny kitten, seeming to be about 1 month old, was in there. I covered the toilet with a big sheet to protect this kitten.

It seems to have just woken up, with vacant eyes. She/he didn't even try to escape. I cut a part of a sheet and put down some food and water, and took a look this kitten.

She/he ate some canned food. I was so relieved.

I left more food in the storage area. Maybe the mother cat will come back. She will see plenty of food, but not her kitten......I am so sorry but I have no other choice.

As soon as I left this storage, I saw a brown tubby cat walk down here. Maybe she is the mother. She may be looking for some food. I left baked bonito and canned food where she hides. I will come again.

After a while, during the feeding activity, I looked at the kitten, because she/he was so quiet. I cut the opening in the sheet wider and put my hand. I failed. I shouldn’t have been so relieved when she/he ate. It was too hungry, and really extended itself to eat. I understand why it was so easy to capture this kitten, because it was so weak.

I could touch only it's spine The body temperature was low, it's condition was dangerous. Quickly I turned on the heat in the car and tried to give some water. It was not so easy without a syringe or straw.
There are so many feeding points remaining. I really have to go. Many cats like this kitten awaiting food, desperate with hunger. I can’t come back tomorrow, but I have to go today.

Somehow, I came back to Kawasaki. The kitten is 300g. Normally it should be twice that weight. It's condition is bad. Breath is so shallow and fast.

I want to save this kitten. I really want it to survive. Stick with it! I promise your happiness.


The abandoned cats in the ghost town continue breeding. The unfortunate life of these kittens starts at birth. They don’t know happiness, and end in suffering. Though I could save only a few, still, I must. Please consider accepting these unfortunate lives into your family.

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Living creatures

October 18th 2012

It is the second Autumn after the disaster in afflicted areas.


This is a house which I have been visiting often, at the owner’s request. There is a dog house and a henhouse beyond the house. We were using these as the feeding point, but the grass is too overgrown. We can’t get into those places anymore.


This is another house for which I have had a request from the owner. But the garden is covered by grass. The feeding point at the dog house is covered by creepers. I don’t think cats can get in to eat.


I saw kitten in this area. They can avoid the rain in this damaged building, but it seems that now that people have gone, various animals are living here.


Often "tanuki" ("raccoon dogs") come into the capture cage.


Mr. Mouse. They try to get out from between the mesh but they are a bit too big for that. So I put a towel on the mice and slowly pull them out. It's one of many first experiences I have had.

I have never seen wild animals such as wild boar or fox so close.

Some people said they're making trouble, and kill them. So many lives are flourishing on this planet. It's not just for humans.


As soon as I put down the water, crickets and other small bugs jump in. Such tiny beings also live among us. I always set a stick, as in the photo, when I put the water around my hometown for wild cats. Many kinds of insects are living in the grasses. The insects that fall into the water don't die quickly. They suffer, desperate to get out. If they reach the sticks or the edge of the vessel, they can get out by themselves.

My clothes today are trashed. If I walk in to the grasses, I get so many souvenirs. These are painful.


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Suffering pets, life as hard as could be in Fukushima. Protection costs over 300 million yen.

October 14th, 2012


Suffering pets, life as hard as could be in Fukushima. Protection costs over 300 million yen.
(from Tokyo Newspaper on October 13th)

The expense for the national and Fukushima governments to protect the pets which people had to release when they evacuated from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant accident rose above 170 million yen. Adding contributions to that, it exceeded 300 million yen In off-limits areas. Animals that became wild damaged the houses. A veterinarian who tends to the needs of these animals said a framework of continuous support is necessary.

At a temporary animal shelter set up in a pachinko parlor in Miharu-cho, Fukushima, cries that seem to be calls for human care and comfort emanate from rows of cages. They took in over 200 dogs and cats in this shelter. The staff and volunteers give food, do the cleaning, and take animals for walks.

Veterinarian Seido Watanabe, (52), who is a leader of this shelter, said these pets had given up mentally, but gradually regain presence of mind.

So far, they have tended 895 dogs and cats. Over 500 were returned to owners, or found new family. But it's difficult to find new families for wild cats, or those born after the disaster. Operating expenses of the shelter are 5 million yen for a month. This is for personnel expenses and food. 283 million yen has been contributed to the animal relief headquarters in Fukushima. Already it was spent 190 million yen. In this situation it will bottom out in one and a half years.

Separately from this, the Ministry of the Environment appropriated 100 million yen for Radiation exposure investigation costs of pets. Fukushima prefecture appropriated 69 million yen for assisting administration of the shelter.

There are criticisms that this amount of money shouldn't be used for dogs and cats. However the veterinarian Watanabe, who is from Tomioka-cho, in the off-limits area, said that pets are also among the powerless victims that the nuclear plant accident produced.

The day after the disaster, on March 12th, Mr. Watanabe had to evacuate without his dog. Although he's a veterinarian, he couldn’t take his dog, as no one could. He released his female dog whose imminent delivery was planned to be caesarean. He went to back his home a week later. His weakened dog had given birth by herself. She dug a hole and tried desperately to keep the puppy warm. This inspired him, and gave him the energy to pursue protection activity.

"As veterinarian, and to avoid them damaging the houses in off-limits area, I want to protect the pets."

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Protection activity after the disaster. There are lives that we should still save.

October 10th, 2012

Our delegate Yui Akiko interviewed with Tokyo Newspaper on August 13th, 2012.

There was a donation event for protected cats from afflicted areas in a shopping mall near JR Kawasaki station. Yui Akiko, who is a delegate of a humane association

“Inuneko Kyusainowa”, and “TNR Japan Anumal Welfare Hospital”, said “I always pray and wish for their happiness in a new life. They have had enough pain.” “Inuneko Kyusainowa” was founded 20 years ago. The killing of the wild cats was the background that led to this. She read in an article concerning animal gas chambers, about how they die after 40 minutes of suffering. She trembled at the thought of such a cruel reality. So the aim of the association is “Zero Killing”. Dogs are also part of the activity, but the barking makes problem for neighbors. Because of this, the focus turned more toward cats.

The sterilization cost is a big issue. Cats give birth twice in a year and 4 or 5 kittens will be born each time. Cats scan give birth at around 6 month old. The sterilization is important for limiting the increase of wild cats.

The sterilization is generally 15,000 yen to 20,000 yen for males, and 25,000 yen to 30,000 yen for females. When she had 50 cats to take care of, she got a discount price of 15,000 yen per cat. The maximum she spent was 1,000,000 yen for a month for medical expenses. This expense was paid in total from her own pocket. She was searching for a low price animal hospital. Lacking such a facility, she started to think of building her own hospital.

When one park was renewed, 150 wild cats in this park were thrown out. She tried to negotiate with the authorities to build a shelter. She asked veterinarians to provide sterilization at a low price in this shelter. Through such activity, she met some supporters, and also received donations totalling about 7,000,000 yen. She added her savings, and finally founded “TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital” (Ohshima, Kawasaki) 3 years ago.

Right now, she's taking care of 60 cats in her house and shelter. She wanted to save as many of the wild cats as she can. But as she is now 56 years old, she thought it would be better not to accept more, but rather concentrate on taking care of the cats she has now. Then disaster happened.

Last April, she ordered 100 capture cages. She went into Naraha, Tomioka, Futaba, Namie, and Okuma with other humane associations before these become off-limits areas. She tried to capture the cats for which she had requests from the owners. Also she left food, to prevent starvation. The fate of cats which were left inside houses was tragic. They were desperate to get out, and there were deep scratches on the doors. There were corpses that were skeletons from the neck down. “It was hell for the cats. The protected cats were also behaving incredibly, like babies. They must have felt so lost.” Yui filled with tears.

In July, 31 cats in a 6-day donation event found new families. Still now she visits afflicted areas twice a month to rescue dogs and cats as much as possible.

“There are lives that we should still save.”. She smiled gently but powerfully, there in her hospital, surrounded by many capture cages full of food.

tokyo sinbun

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TNR activity.

October 9th, 2012

It is so hard to let them go back. A black cat behind the tree at a feeding point.


I am sorry. The food is only in the capture cage.


I am sorry I surprised you.


Thank you to the volunteers in Fukushima for TNR activity. After all day long feeding and capture, thank you for transporting them to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in Kawasaki.


There are some kittens. I am wondering if we can find their family. Not only kittens but adults too. Even if they don’t like humans, I am always wondering if we can find their family somehow. It is difficult to imagine after I let them go back.
TNR activity. It is hard to let them go back........


Each one has it's own circumstances. But the sterilization is important, so as not to increase the number of unhappy lives.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is doing over 100 sterilization per month.


テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

Iwaki-city in Fukushima

October 8th,2012

On October 6th, I went to the gas station at Iwaki Chuo Interchange to release the cats. But when I returned, I brought back new cats.

It was the gas station people’s friend's house. The story was like this. A cat gave birth on a balcony and had 3 kittens, but they were attacked by a civet. The cats were gone for a while, but came back one by one. 2 kittens had injuries on their legs, and the mother was bleeding from her leg. The people put some blanketx there, but the mother had a miscarriage.

It happened while I was there. I brought three of them back before it was too late, but worried about one more kitten. 2 kittens will be fine. The mother is still in dangerous condition. I am still worried about 1 more kitten.


Amazingly this mother is only 2.5kg. She looks like a kitten. But she was taking care of 2 month-old kittens and, ,pregnant. She was about 8 months old, but she fought an enemy to protect her babies. Then miscarriage.......

She had an operation in the TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, and at the same time she had sterilization。


This small one is the mother. The scar from the operation is about 1cm, and hardly noticeable.


There were some wounds and internal hemorrhaging from animal bites.


But she will be fine. She was being fed by people, and likes people. We will find their new family through our donation event.

I really wish one more kitten would come back.

It surprised me that there are so many wild animals in Fukushima. As they have so much green, there is so much life there. Surviving is hard In this difficult natural setting, especially for a kitten.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

TNR in the afflicted area.

October 6th, 2012.
TNR in the afflicted area.

The cat in Iwaki Chuo Interchange. There were some brown tabby and black cats other than kittens. Their size is smaller than a 1 year old.



We captured the targeted cats at 4:00AM. Some volunteers helped me, in the middle of the night, in the rain. I can’t do this alone. Then at daybreak, we started feeding in Naraha-machi. The residents of Naraha-machi came with me and talked about various matters. Still, it is so difficult to feed in the rain. I didn’t have spare time to take pictures.

A resident in Naraha who understands TNR captured 2 cats in their evacuated house. They are beautiful white cats. This resident already has some cats, so these 2 will be released after sterilization.


They were fine, as they had enough food. The next day, they underwent sterilization.


I am going to release them on Saturday. The number of trips to Fukushima is increasing, so busy.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット



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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