Fukushima activity

June 16th, 2013

Fukushima activity; exhausted spirit. Hope to speak quietly with the plants.











How far, how much, just what does it take to satisfy humans?

Feeding activity in Fukushima

There is no food in many places in Fukushima. It is urgently necessary to bring food there. Also, if we don’t rescue kittens, they will die of hunger, or become the prey of birds or other animals. Cats are vulnerable animals, and should live with humans. The present situation for cats in Fukushima involves suffering and death, not natural selection.
We, Inu Neko kyusaino wa (Dog/Cat Rescue Circle) and TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital continue the rescue and feeding activities in Fukushima. We constantly recruit volunteers in Fukushima.
The situation in Fukushima is changing a lot. There are still many things which we can do now. Please consider helping one more time.

This time, I rescued about 20 kittens. It’s been difficult to find foster parents. Please visit out donation/adoption event. I also appreciate your help in spreading the information. Thank you so much.


Recruiting the volunteer of shelter

Now we have about 90 cats in our animal shelter. They are being taken care of by volunteers.






Shelter volunteers rotate once a week, and stay several hours to give food, clean the room, monitor health, etc.... Unfortunately, we don’t have enough hands, and no time, to play with the cats. I would appreciate it so much if you could join us.

Please contact us.

テーマ : 動物愛護
ジャンル : ペット

Escaped death.

June 10th, 2013

A cat that I brought back from Fukushima on May 15 was only 1.4Kg. But after a month in the TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, it has grown to 2.3Kg.


At present.

Looks happy.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット

Fukushima, surviving cats in Futaba.

June 5th, 2013

Futaba-machi reorganized to be an "off-limits" area.






Along route 6, I saw a barricade at a private house.

Then another barricade.


A town of barricades.



The "impossible-to-return" area became a barricade town. It's impossible for cats to live here. What we have to do is to capture them.

Set the capture cage.

Mr. Rat. You can survive better than a cat.

Finally I captured one cat.


She is nursing.

Survive with your kitten until I come back to rescue you.

Sapporo city killed a house cat by mistake.

Sapporo city killed a house cat by mistake.
2013.6.3 Sankei News

Sapporo-city announced that an animal welfare center in Sapporo received a cat from the police station. The veterinarian in this center found the collar of this cat after they had killed it. They apologized the owner of this cat.

Sapporo-city said that the cage was too small, so it was difficult to check the collar. The staff of this center had heard about the collar from police, but forgot to mention it in the document to the veterinarian.

Furthermore, when the veterinarian opened the cage, this cat threatened. The veterinarian decided to kill it. After that the veterinarian found the blue collar.

Right after the killing, a woman called the center and told them her cat was lost. The collar and the characteristics were consistent with those of the euthanized cat.

Fukushima, cats beyond the checkpoint.

June 1st, 2013

Beyond the checkpoint. It is within the range of 20km from Nuclear Power Plant, after 2 years and 2 month since the disaster.

Only people who have had the experience of crossing over the boundaries know the difficulty.

I am quite weak, exhausted, but the supporters give me strength. This potent energy keeps my body moving.

Thank you, thank you so much for plenty of food. I want to bring this love to the hungry cats. I want to let them eat. I want them to survive. I want to save their lives. I want to protect them before they're gone. I want to at least do the sterilization.

The last rescue activity in May was on the 29th and 30th inside of the area within 20km of the nuclear power plant.



It is the delivery season. The cats are pregnant, but their bodies are small and depleted from lack of nutrition. Those cats were born after the disaster. Having come at last into the capture cages, many of them turn out to be nursing females. Then I have to release them to care for their kittens.




It is also the weaning season. The convenient place to leave food for kittens is a dog house. It is better to get rid of the different level. A cat in this house was rescued over one year ago, and is living in the temporary house with the owner. This owner is very generous and let us use their yard for feeding. Now many of the feeding spots need repair. We see things like a dog house roof decayed and leaky, or tattered plastic sheets. But there's really no time to fix them.


The sterilization is necessary, and we want to do it, even for just one. But for every one that gets done, 5 kittens are born to others.

But still, I hope to save their lives, and make them happy.

Please consider accepting them into your family.

Three continuous weeks of activity in Fukushima

May 28th, 2013

Lately very few people go to Fukushima for feeding activity. People should not have to be asked to go. It would be best if they went of their own volition.

So many kittens are born, but even though they live long enough to be weaned, there's nothing to eat in this area. Why are they born in such a place? As soon as they arrive in this world, they encounter the misery of hunger, and painful death.

Even if I run like hell, there is so little I can do. But I want to bring food to help even one life. If I can save a life, then that's what I want to do.

There are people who support me from afar. There are much less than before, but still some volunteers are working as hard as possible, doing their best. There are volunteers and staff who support me in Kawasaki. If we share the goals, and cooperate together, we can still save lives.




Little kitten, come and eat with your mother. Tiny life will be gone without food.


Recently I am being allowed to use dog houses for feeding more often. Kittens can’t go up so high. I have to do something about the different level. There are less big animals than before, so most places don’t get damaged. Coincidentally, the resident of this house came back on a temporary visit, and we could meet each other.


I leave as much water as I can. This stick is for insects to avoid falling down into the water. I see so many insects in the water. I imagine their suffering.




This is empty. Maybe a cat’s footprint?


Feeding activity in Fukushima. Thank you for your support.

May 21st, 2013
Feeding activity in Fukushima.
Thank you for your support.

I am very tired, sleepy. This condition leaves me lacking confidence, but I do as much as I can.

Physically it is hard, but with many people’s support I can continue going to Fukushima. In Kawasaki it is kitten rush time now. In the Animal Welfare Center in Kawasaki, the staff are taking care of one and two-day-old kittens for a few days in an effort to keep them alive. Last year, 14 dogs were destroyed. These 14 dogs were severely ill or injured. Kittens that come to the Animal Welfare Center are also often debilitated beyond rescue. Over 300 kittens were abandoned.

One of my goals is to reduce the number of destroyed dogs and cats in Kawasaki to zero. These days I have to go to Fukushima, so I can’t focus on only that. But I want to save as many lives as possible, together with the Animal Welfare Center. So even if it is tiny kitten, I accept it and try to find the family.

For kittens, it's necessary to give milk every few hours. So this time, when I have to go to Fukushima, cat care volunteers who a did flea market together a long time ago, a veterinarian who quit TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, responsible veterinarians and volunteers of the hospital, all take care of the kittens. As I can’t do this activity alone, I'm always grateful to people who support these efforts.

This time, I go to Fukushima alone. I'll do my best. Thank you for your support via donations of food, materials and money.


Tsubu-chan passed away. (Inuneko Kyusainowa)

May 20th, 2013
Tsubu-chan passed away. (Inuneko Kyusainowa)

Protect No: 163 2011
Place: Namie-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima (in the route 114)
Black and white, female
Name (temporary): Tsubu
FIV: positive
Foster parent: Matsumoto (Kanagawa)



In 2011, breaking through the barricade was the only way to to get into off-limits areas within 20KM of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The barricades became stronger and stronger. During that period, we crossed the mountain in Katsurao-mura. We could only use this rout for a very short time, but we saved many lives within the off-limits area. Tsubu-chan was one of them. The tiny, weak, black and white cat was walking unsteadily. Though many cats remained there, we rescued a lot. I can still remember the moment when I captured each of them. I missed Tsubu-chan many times, but finally captured her behind a big stone of a stone shop. She was very small, and named “Tsubu”. She got used to being stroked and held, but looked uncomfortable. She was very small and thin. She felt pain in her mouth. I gave her a/d can with syringe a little by little. But it was very difficult to get her to gain weight.

After a while, someone called me and said that maybe she was their cat. Sadly, that turned out not to be so. Tsubu-chan could never meet again with her family. Recently she liked to be held and stroked. Tsubu-chan and I had very happy times together. I found a cloth which I used in Fukushima. Although washed, it still had some kind of grass stuck to it. "Tsubu-chan, here is grass from Fukushima", I covered her. Try as I might, I could not hold back my tears.

Fukushima feeding activity – hope for kittens

May 19th, 2013

Last time, the mountain was colored in light pink with wild cherry trees. This time, wisteria branches bent gently, beautifully, with the growing of blossoms. Adjusting to the changes of seasons and conditions, it's always important to maintain keen awareness of working in harmony with the environment.


The sterilization work is important, but forbidden in off limits areas. The surviving cats continue breeding there. Most of the captured cats are in lactation. Most of the kittens are about 1 month old. Soon they will be weaned and need regular food. To help them eat and live, I have to think about the best places to leave food for the kittens.

Tiny kittens can’t go up the ramp. They also eat many times a day.

Set it on the flat ground.


In an attempt to avoid the bigger wild animals, the opening of the box was placed facing the wall, with rope or heavy blocks. But it all failed. They are also desperate to find food. The box fell their strength and power.

I give up and leave the food for all of them to share.


During this season, we have to protect kittens from crows and hunger as soon as possible.

In these a few months, I have to go to Fukushima 4 times a month. At my hometown, (Kawasaki), I also have to accept kittens from the Animal Welfare Center. Now about 20 kittens are with me. Giving milk, tending toilets, treatments..... I don’t even know when I slept.

Then I get distressing calls about whether or not I could receive injured cats. It's already beyond my capacity. They just don't consider that costs for treating a sick or injured animal can be a serious burden. In all honesty, I am seized with indescribable anger.


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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