Impossible-to-return area. I'm wondering if they can go home someday.
A town with no one in it looks unreal, like something out of a book. This is a town populated only by animals, no people. One day a big accident, the next day a deserted town.
Birds, big animals, small animals, all came and made an animal town. Cats that were living with people also have to live in this town. Who is strong?
Cats are relatively weak. They were able to survive with food from people, which comes once or twice in a month.
When I go back to my car, the plastic food bag is on the ground. “Did I drop it?” No. The crows were watching, and they pulled it out from the car.
There is a place near the ocean. Someone apparently saw cats, and they keep bringing food. It takes some time to get there, as well as being problematic, even risky. It seems to be a forlorn part of an off-limits area.
Can we give up if it is difficult place to go? The volunteers are from a different party, or independent. But our thoughts are the same. They still keep going there.
My duty is to protect all the cats in that place. I can’t abandon them in a place where no people go. We captured so many cats from that place with other volunteers. Still some cats are found and we continue to capture them.
Before Winter comes, before the road is closed by snow, I want to rescue all of them.
Is there anyone who can receive a cat from that place even temporarily? I appreciate your consideration.
Cat came in?
It was a raccoon dog pup. I hope it doesn’t get scabies.
This is a big rat. Rats come into the capture cages more than cats.
A cat came in but she in in nursing. I had to release her for the kittens.
I wish Fukushima was much closer to Kawasaki.
I am sorry to complain. You cats are suffering silently, I have no excuse for whining. I will come again.
Volunteers are very important for saving cats in Fukushima in the 20km area. Their results are so valuable. Your support is certainly saving lives. I see it in these, over 2 years after the nuclear power plant accident. I appreciate so much if you can support our activity.
This is one room in our shelter for storage. Can you guess what these are?
In Fukushima, the situation has changed. Most of the houses and barns are now homes for rats. They can get into anywhere that has even a tiny crack.
So now, at most feeding points, we took the food boxes from inside, and set them outside. Out there, we have to think about the rain.
These strange things are food boxes with a roof. This roof came from a shelf in the shelter. Our carpenter made so many shelves, and the remnants became the roof.
This is not very strong. So the wild animals will eventually destroy it. But it can be good for a while.
Nursing cats come into the cage sometimes. But recently, I don’t see so many kittens. Maybe they have been attacked by enemies, or have no safe place to eat. For kittens, 10cm from the ground is maximum. If it is higher than that, the kitten can’t eat.
This is a kitten that came into the capture cage the other day at a feeding point. It looks like it's about 1.5 months old. I saw a mother cat (maybe) but couldn’t see brothers or sisters. Maybe they were attacked by predators.
It is scared without mother.
Don’t be angry. We'll make you happy.
These kitten brothers have also came to the feeding point with their mother. They also look to be 1.5 months old. The kittens we rescue are very thin and sickly. I couldn’t capture their mother, and then the time is over. Next time, I will come again to capture her.
In the 20km area, this is a house for people who got to know each other through dogs and cats. Their roses were so beautiful, we took pictures of them. But always before I send the pictures, the season has changed.
The night before I left for Fukushima, 2 cats we had rescued from there passed away. No regrets, but my mind raced with many thoughts, and I left in the morning without having slept much.
In Fukushima, in the area within 20km from Nuclear Power Plants, for 2 hard rainy days I went to all the feeding points.
Thank you so much for sending the food to Kawasaki and Fukushima. We brought almost everything to the cats there. Despite there having been so much, it will be gone in 1 week or 10 days. I will appreciate it so much if you can keep to sending us food whenever you can. Thank you so much for your support.
Niko and Akio passed away.
Niko was rescued by volunteers in Fukushima. We received him and provided treatment at our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
It was hard to imagine his suffering and hunger. He ate a lot every day. He loved to be held to my chest, even when I was sitting in front of my computer. When he wanted to sleep, he would come to my bed and put his face to my face. Even in my very long career, I have never seen a cat so much like a little human being.
He was always in my arms. It is sad that I can’t feel his weight anymore. I hope he was happy. I think he and I were happy to be together.
For three days, he lost his appetite. Our veterinarian tried to treat him, but he passed away calmly. I am so grateful to the people who rescued Niko, and people who support our activity in Fukushima.
Niko, I can’t work when you do that.
Niko on my chest.
I prefer your chest, not your lap.
This is where he found real comfort.
And following Niko, Akio passed way. When he was rescued in Fukushima, his physical condition was the worst. But he had a lot of appetite and ate a lot every day.
Considering how much he must have suffered and starved for 2 years and 2 months in Fukushima, it's nice that he could finally enjoy some tasty cans of cat food from your support. I thank you so much.
One day, I called him “Tora”. Then he answered, with a teetering walk, from his bed right to me. Maybe he was called Tora? But he could never meet his family again.
I can’t stop my tears and I can’t write anymore.
I pray their soul may rest in peace
I have been visiting Tomioka for over 2 years since I had requests from the pet owners. We have found only half of the lost animals. We're still searching for the other half. It was difficult to set the capture cages in Tomioka. Visiting time was so limited. Our activity there was mainly leaving food, but anyway the results of that are still there. What's needed now is rescue, and finding owners and/or adopting families. Sterilization, at least, is necessary. There are still so many problems, but we have to go on. Here is a reprinting from the blog of Nekoneko Tomioka rescue team, which we collaborate with.
Yui-san directed us on a mission to do TNR on this Friday and Saturday. Otherwise more and more kittens will be born, only to die by starvation or crow attacks. On Friday night. Our collaborator S-san called me and said she set a capture cage at one feeding spot in Tomioka. I was so worried that a kitten might go into the capture cage and could be attacked by a wild boar or snake. On Saturday, 09:30AM Tomioka. We got up 4:00am and went to that feeding spot. Yes! A brown tabby and a black-and-white are safe in the cage!
I am sorry to scare you. This brown tubby seemed in the lactating, so we released it. She jumped out of the cage and ran away. Can we meet next time? We take back the black-and-white for sterilization.
Back to Naraha-machi to load the food. Then again we go to Tomioka.
One feeding spot. Again this damage......
Maybe by wild boar. We returned this dog house to it's original spot. It is almost noon and the temperature is going up. It is hot..... Tomioka rescue team goes to 11 feeding spots.
Put the water into the plastic bowl for cats. I'd love to just pour this water over my head.
Anyway it is so hot......just the sound of water tis nice.
Even that is wonderfully healing for me.
PM2:00 Naraha We finished feeding, and take back the capture cage. That black-and-white cat is very friendly, maybe it was house cat. It was captured near the rice mill. So how about giving it a name like Kometaro or Risotto? My partner said Paella. Yes Paella!
PM2:30 Naraha We had to go back to Tomioka in a hurry. We have only 30 minutes left!!! This is our 3rd time to go to Tomioka. PM4:30, When we were driving around Hirono-machi, Okame-san called and said we should bring Paella to CAPIN to do TNR, or find a host family. We were supposed to meet Yui-san at the interchange and pass the cat off to her there, but we got off the highway at Yatabe. We finished the duties today. Tomioka rescue party will do our best next week as well.
Bonus photo no.2
This is near a station on the Jyoban train line. I hope someday the train runs on this line again, when lovely, peaceful days return.
Who is the victim?
20km area from Nuclear Power Plant. A town where people couldn’t live anymore. The damage to homes by rats is a serious problem now.
This is not a feeding point for cats. There is no food, but the rats still do this kind of damage.
So much crap, such a strong smell.
I don’t know what they eat. Do they just gnaw on stuff? I don’t know much about rats, but they're a really serious problem for many homes.
Damage from pigs, cattle, wild boar, raccoon dog, civet, crow, rat..........
People have to live there to maintain a good environment. In fact, humans want to get rid of anything that annoys them.
Does "out of sight" really mean "out of mind"? Can we forget that which is beyond out notice?
It is now rare to see stray cattle. One cow came closer to us on her way to the feeding point. Just one, she looks so lonely. I hope I can be born with more power in my next life.
Food is important, but water is also important. One group made an automatic water dispenser for us. Thank you so much.
Until we can use this feed apparatus, we put the water in the pail from the tank which we brought.
We cleaned around the food box and left a letter for the resident. I had a request from this house to find their dogs and cats. But it’s been 2 years after the disaster. I couldn’t keep contact during the busy days. They offered their house for abandoned animals. The time goes so fast and I didn’t mention my appreciation. It is so late but I always wanted to say my thanks. Finally I had time to leave a letter.
I am so sorry for such late contact. Thank you so much for your cooperation with our life-saving mission.
It took a long time to rescue the house cat following the request from the owner. There were many hungry cats in the capture cage. Some came from far away. Many of them could be returned to their families.
Long after the disaster, finally the cat from this house turned up in the capture cage. The family came to Kawasaki to pick up their cat. Even after that, they let me use their yard for feeding.
After the disaster, everything had collapsed to the point where there was not even a place to step through easily. But we never had even a moment to clean it up until today. I don’t know how many times the owner has come back. It is so generous that they let us use this part of the house.
This isn't a photo of the original mess. It is after we finally had a chance to clean up a bit. But time was up, and we had to settle for leaving it like this. I feel very sorry for the owner, we can’t clean enough. But time is limited, and we have to go to the next feeding point.
The town having been removed from off-limits status, there are temporary toilets here and there. What a relief!
After we finish leaving food, we collect the capture cages.
A tortoiseshell cat was captured but she is in lactation. I released her.
A tortoiseshell cat.
We found her about 300m from Tsukinoshita crossing in route no.6 It looks like this cat was a house cat.
We brought so many kittens to Kawasaki. They have been entrusted to the veterinarian of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Many people have saved many lives. Thank you so much everyone. But I am deeply sad to think about others lives suffering and dying while awaiting rescue.
Kittens, 3 to a cage, await the health check.
Please support our relief activity to save the life.
Between 9:00am and 15:00pm, there is open access to Tomioka-machi. We did our best in that window of time. At first, we set the capture cage where we planned. As we don’t need permission for this town, we can take the time to really do it right. So we have time to do cleaning, and other stuff we we couldn’t do while in more of a hurry.
The owner of this house didn’t have a cat, but they told me many house cats around their house were left. There was speculation that those owners might never return to their homes. The owner of this house allows us to set the capture cage in their yard. They are very cooperative for rescue and TNR.
I have been visiting this house for 2 years for feeding. Their cat has not been found yet. But fortunately their neighbors’ cats were found. I still believe their cat is alive and I'll continue to bring food. This time, I saw a tortoiseshell cat run away when we get close. We set the capture cage.
We couldn’t stop at this place even for 1 minute. There were so many crow droppings. Threw water on it, wipep it off. We didn’t have enough water or tools. So it is not perfect, but cleaned like this.
Next house. We store the food in the dog house in the Green house. The green house is getting old, the roof is broken. But for these 2 years, we haven't had time to fix it.
A volunteer patched it up with a plastic sheet. We can go into the town without permission. So if I have enough hands, we can do this kind of thing.
He used the yellow packaging tape to try to keep crows away.
Next house. This owner is keeping the house open for their missing 15 year old tortoiseshell cat. But the tanuki (raccoon dogs) and rats come and leave crap. Many houses, even those which don't leave food, have been damaged by rats. So we leave the food outside of the house.
There was a dog that we rescued 2 years ago, that has been kept by an adopting family. We finally found the original owner. The owner can’t have the dog in their temporary house, but they decided to take it back anyway. They will leave the dog with their neighbors, and visit every day for walk. They are very worried about such inadequate conditions for the dog. But the decision was made with the dog's well-being in mind.
There are so many weeds, they almost block the door. I asked volunteer guy to cut the weeds, otherwise they wouldn't be able to use the entrance. A volunteer woman fixed the dog house for cat’s food storage. She applied the yellow packaging tape to keep the crows out.
Tomioka-machi, to be continued.