In 20km area, discovery though sensor cameras.
Donated sensor cameras were set many places in 20km area.
This feeding place is on an owner’s property. We found their cat. They let us use the dog house. But I haven’t seen any cats here for over 1 year. Whenever I go there, the food box is always empty. Maybe the bird eating it? Maybe I can stop to bringing the food?
The sensor camera filmed a white tabby.
This is grey? Or Siamese?
The result is that I can’t stop bringing the food.
This family said that they won’t come back to this town.
Warning: this place is dangerous.
Look at this vending machine. It is incredible how people behave. After people evacuated, so many houses were subjected to thievery. Windows broken, anything that smells of cash taken. I can’t believe there are so many professional burglars. Humans disappoint me. Still now, there are so many thieves in Ohkuma-machi and the impossible return area.
Few of the evacuated people who were living in the temporary apartments or public housing will return to their old homes. Sterilization is not progressingt well.
The last feeding point in Naraha, it looks like other volunteers cleaned this place. Thank you so much.
The situation in the 20km radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant frequently changes. Now we don’t’ have to drive without lights and hide from police. The authorities have re-categorized the area again and again. Access roads are cut off by barricades here and there, making it difficult to get to the feeding points effectively. After driving so far to get to Fukushima, there just isn't enough time left to go all over town. During the day, CAPIN (Citizen for Animal Protection, Ibaraki network)
accepts the task of going to Tomioka. Of course I don’t want to let them do everything, but it helps me a lot physically and mentally. They go to all of the homes from which we have had requests for rescue. The food they bring has saved the lives of cats and dogs Thank you so much.
I came back from Fukushima.
I got so much support, and all feeding points in the 20km area are done. Thank you so much.
Taking in the view of the Naraha landscape from the car window, I saw so much waste from decontamination in piles of black plastic bags. How much progress has been made ?
At Naraha base, I met other volunteers. Yes, plural, volunteerS. This was a big help, as we don’t have so many volunteers. A dog welcomes us at Naraha base.
A resident comes every day to take care of a dog and a cat. This dog was rescued, but is now a house dog. This kitten is new face! This resident finds dying cats, one after another. She wants to do TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) in the area she was evacuated to. TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital is doing this sterilization.
Big belly kitten.
I asked this resident if it is ok to take more dogs and cats. She said it is ok. Then after a while, the storage and mini-shelter became bigger, as in the photo. Cats are happily playing in this handmade playground.
We didn’t have time to play with cats, and started to load the food, washing brush, broom and water.
2 cars go to the feeding point.
A swing, maybe for grandchild. The residents here still can’t come home.
But still cats are abandoned. I can capture them by capture cage, but now our facilities are full, we can't take in any more.
All I can do is to keep feeding. I prepared 8 food boxes, but they were wrecked, as I thought...........
The food box by Nyanderguard is the only one we can trust. It is so strong. This can withstand wild boar, raccoon dog. raccoon, or civet.
Nyanderguard negotiated with a school, and the students made them by hand. And they made a lot!
Hang on food box!!! Sometimes I get tired of people. Other times I'm deeply grateful for materials like food boxes, a car or.... But I can’t think only of the materials. Volunteers work so hard, for years and years, without complaint. Sometimes they work much more than otherwise employed people. I'm deeply thankful for that. I can’t forget people who contribute so much.
Thank you food box. Let’s go for it, you and me together, for the cats.
The volunteers have become fewer, and the dates when my activities are possible have also been reduced.
I'll add food boxes in a few more places, try to save another cat’s life.
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In the 20km area from Fukushima nuclear power plant, the radioactivity is so high.
The destroyed stone wall beside the road is still there, a reminder of that day.
In such a landscape, there was a place which is remarkably well cleaned. They decontaminated for a resident who visits a grave.
Look! It said
“HOT SPOT, don’t get close”.
Surface 28.7 μSv/h 1m area 18.2μSv/h
I have to go this town. I can’t abandon the cats there.
I wish the authorities would rescue the cats in the "impossible-to-return" area.
So, gritting my teeth in frustration apparently not shared by them, I have to continue feeding.
There are fewer volunteers in Fukushima now. I can’t come so often, or bring so much food. The food boxes, made free of charge by Nyanderguard, are saving lives. We Inuneko Kyusainowa set 50 of these food boxes in the off-limits area.
It's getting old, but it can still be useful. This box is broken. But even if it gets damaged or dirty,
I can’t throw it away. I can’t make such box by myself.
This place is very close to the nuclear power plant. We set the bigger size of box there. Animals somehow use it to survive.
It is always sad when I see an empty food box or dead body. But when I can see something left by other volunteers, it gives me a warm feeling. Let’s go on to the next spot.
Most of the families that requested efforts to locate their pets offered us use of their property for feeding. But some cats roam far from feeding places, thin but still surviving. In the off-limits area...... The permission won’t be given even if I wait until they die. Our country, prefecture, and town never thought about saving these lives.
Set the food box into the grasses. No matter what anyone says......
They are waiting, even if the food has gone.
The following is not my writing. But this is exactly how I feel. This is a message from someone.
There is a place called the 20km area (off-limits area). The authorities say that it's dangerous, this is dangerous.... Giving it even a little thought, it's obvious that not all animals are rescued, and still now so many animals are suffering. But their concern is only for human’s life. I feel sorry for that.
This sentiment may easily be misunderstood, but maybe wouldn't feel such pain if this were about humans. Human wouldn’t be abandoned like that, and humans have words to express their needs. Maybe I am a cold person.
But animals don’t know how to change their lives, or how unfair it is to be left there. They have to accept a life of suffering. They don’t know how to fight against that.
I can’t stand it anymore. Someone has to be their spokesperson. Otherwise they can be treated as nothing. I feel resentment about it.
In the same country, there are also vulnerable people who need care, but don't receive it. Animals, lacking in language abilities, are even weaker, and treated like rubbish. How cruel this is. Too cruel.
Namie-machi. The residents can go into this town during the day. But I don’t see people much. A big hall on the road is still there, and a destroyed house is also still there.
This house belongs to an old couple. They had so many cats, but they couldn’t go home for feeding. I rescued their relative’s cat. Then they asked me to protect their cats. Since then, I continued to visit their house for 2 years. I used their barn, but recently the birds or rats come into the barn through cat’s door. It became quite dirty.
They left a message when they came home.
“Dear volunteers. Thank you so much. There is so much bird droppings. I took out the food box. One is at west side.”
In this house, they made a shed in their yard. This saved their cat and also neighbor’s cat. I could see with sensor camera that cats are still there. This family is very cooperative and leave food sometimes.
An old lady in this house offered to allow us to use the dog house for cat feeding. Her cat has already been rescued. I want to change the plastic sheet, but there's never time. When she came home, she fastened the sheet with clothes pin. I was very glad for her touch of sweetness.
She almost gave up on going home. I told her not to give up. 1 year after the disaster, her cat Mie-chan was captured, and they can finally live together now. She was crying as she repeated, again and again, that her purpose in life is Mie-chan.
I wish everyone loved their cats like her, and was as cooperative as her, but honestly there are few like her. The abandoned cats are still there. They somehow find the food box in someone’s house and survive.
I have to protect them.
Beautiful landscape in Tomioka.
How many years must it be before people can once again populate this landscape? Can decontamination be effective?
That huge black mountain is made of contaminated soil. If all off-limits areas are to be decontaminated, how big, how many such mountains will there be? I don’t know if sit is possible or not. Where it will be stored??
This July I went to Fukushima for 5 days for feeding activity and set a sensor camera, which is from your donations. I collected 15 sensor cameras and then set them at the next feeding places. With this camera, I can see if cats are eating in this place or not. If not, I stop leaving the food. This is very useful. I can better focus our feeding and rescue activities.
In this town, people can make return visits to their homes during the day. Whenever I see cats, I hope they can live in happiness, getting food from residents. However only very few residents return to their homes. This means very few cats can live with care-giving humans. Thinking about cats giving birth there, and being born there, makes me want to provide sterilization.
Thank you nekoneko and Rei.
Please support our animal relief activity continuously. Thank you so much.
As time goes by, the donations have lessened. It makes our activity in Fukushima difficult. Please do not forget the many lives in Fukushima. They are still waiting for our help. Cats are not such strong survivors in nature. We keep bringing food, and make other efforts to continue their protection as long as they're alive. Otherwise they'll all die in the near future. I think they will die within 1 or 2 years. To help them survive, I have to capture and rescue them.
For over 2 years, I brought food. I couldn’t protect all of them, in part because there weren't enough volunteers. I gave precedence the more dangerous places. Cats that I couldn’t rescue lived only with food which we brought, never saw their families again, and died without having found a new happy life. I am sorry. I am sorry.
Futaba-machi. This is a house which I have been visiting for feeding for over 2 years, by request of the owner. This house is far from the community and we could only visit once a month. The food will be gone, and there's no water. I left a plastic bowl under the drain spout. There is so much rain these days. So it was a lot of water.
I leave a glass or stick in the bowl. Then bugs won’t drown.
I rescued the cat from this house. Another volunteer rescued their dog too. But the owner couldn’t take them in their new place. They left their dog to one animal rescue party. This dog was 15 years old and passed way recently. We found a new family for this cat. But it had lymphoma, and passed away last year. The owner of this house let us use their house as a feeding point.
Some places are quite difficult to get to. They survived somehow but.......these are very sad photos.
I don’t know how my physical strength and spiritual strength can hold out, but I can’t stop this activity. I think the limit of a cat’s life here is about 2 years. So I have to exert all my strength for 2 years. I apologize, my effort has been not enough.
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Nothing left here but traces of a house.
In Naraha-machi, large scale decontamination continues. Rubble is being cleared, but this means there will be no place for cats to hide from predators. I don’t want them to have any more scary memories. I don’t hear any voices from the traumatized towns of Fukushima calling for assistance for surviving cats, or attention to animal welfare.
I want happiness for all life. But the cats that were born in this place are far from happy.