I can feel autumn here. It is not gorgeous, but tender.
This area is close to the old Tomioka checking point. Some volunteers made a feeding point a bit far from private houses. They rescued many adult cats and kittens. At the beginning, I thought if we could protect all mother cats, it is done. But there were no feeding points around this area, so many hungry cats started to gather at this place. This feeding point is under the grasses. We also continue the rescue activity.
This day, I captured a male brown tabby. Still one nursing female which I released is there. Footing is bad and I almost fell down, but continued to haul the stuff around.
A cricket jumps into the water. I always put a stick or grass on the bowl and give cricket the route to get out. The other day, I saw someone was doing same like me. I was happy to know that.
The cats that we found near the checking point (Kenmon) are named Kenta or Monta. I can’t think about another name. So this time, I give the name of Torajiro.
Torajiro, brown tabby, Male. Around 5 years old.(estimate) HIV+
Still now, he is a bit tense, but maybe he belongs to someone. Anybody know this cat?
I thank all the volunteers who bring food to the feeding points. I have a favor to ask. As you know, sometimes the food boxes are turned upside down by raccoons or wild boar. In one feeding point, which was in someone’s house, someone bound the food box to the bar of the shutter. But it was destroyed by something with powerful strength. Maybe wild boar. The power of animals is beyond our imagination. Some residents accept the setting of food boxes. But that doesn’t mean we can just do anything on their land. Please imagine how they feel when they see it. We should get permission even if it looks unused or broken. I am sorry to tell you this but I hope to get your understating.
I am at the house of Panda.
From “Neko pokka pokka plus one”.
This couple was taking care of 2 dogs and so many cats until that disaster.
After the disaster, they tried so hard to come back home for the dogs and cats.
I have also been visiting this place for 2 and a half years.
This is the house made for cats in their garden. We put many blankets there in Winter to protect the cats.
In the disaster area, if the authorities made such places in each area, we could save more lives.
Now that we can go into the town anytime during the day, we take care of it together with the residents.
It is good that we don’t have to worry about police cars. I feel relieved.
But the residents who visit their houses are few. We don’t see many people. This means the cats that were left there still suffer hunger.
The usual feeding and water supply route.
This time I tried to take another road. If I can go through, I can reach another feeding point in the next town.
There are so many dangers on the road. I have to be careful, especially on the first road.
It is the season of silver grass.
Well, dead end. U-turn.
Then try another way. Yes! The new route reaches another point.
This feeding point is isolated. Another rescue party can’t come here now. There are still so many cats here. Also there is a cat which is nursing.
Much food is necessary. I have to continue to come here.
Kawasaki Animal Welfare Center is small. Normally they can keep only a few cats. But look at their fabulous efforts for survival of the animals.
They use every bit of available space to help the animals thrive. Normally Saturday is off, but people come on weekends. They now have over 50 cats and hold the adoption events on Saturdays.
The staff is always kind. They explained about microchips.
Many people came as a result of the internet announcements.
Thank you so much for helping to spread the information via blogs and other forums.
3 cats found families. I am happy for them. Kawasaki Animal Welfare Center is so wonderful. It is a real animal welfare center. Thanks to all of the staff in the center.
Still in other rooms, there are cats and kittens that were either just rescued, or too small.
The staff takes care of kittens so well.
This time, we accepted 10 cats. They are ready for our next adoption event.
The manager and the assistant manager carry the cat-cases to my car. They always work so hard. Thank you so much.
Then on September 1, our adoption event was crowded as usual. We sold the charity T-shirts by Monkey Shiota.
*Salty Cat project. If you buy the T-shirt, part of money from the sales will be donated to Inuneko Kyusainowa.
Let’s find families for these 10 cats, and make them happy. In September, we continue the adoption events.
The weeds have grown, hiding the house.
It doesn’t look like a garden.
Empty. I have to do something.
In faraway places I leave more food than usual. The time is limited, and sometimes I can’t return there often enough.
Spreading newspaper takes some moisture out in humid places.
“Don’t go away. I am sorry for coming so late. I brought your food.”
The afflicted town after 2 and a half years since disaster. It is so hard to go into this town, but somehow I visit every month.
But I have to think seriously about the near future. I have to think about how long I'll be able to do this. Ah, but I can’t stop.
So far I have been working pretty much without a plan. But eventually I'll get too old, and won’t be able to continue this activity. It is very important to think about that. In 5 years, I founded an animal hospital. Then an animal shelter. Now I have to find a successor, and leave the funds to continue the care of cats and dogs that I rescued.
I am wondering what I should do regarding activity in Fukushima's 20km area. I am planning to finish this activity in 2 years. I will make a concrete plan, and do my best to finish the job as much as possible.
What I have to do is feeding, sterilization, and rescue, as much as I can. It is so hard to live there.
In order to rescue more, and to maintain the place for rescued animals, I continue the weekly adoption events. I haven't been able to think of any other ways of dealing with the problem. I don't know how much I'll be able to accomplish during these 2 years, but I'l do my best. After that I will go to Fukushima regularly to check up.
This is because of my age and my health.
Recently numbness of hands and feet by cerebral infarction are awful, even in such a hot season. And also sometimes it is difficult to breath, and hard to talk on the phone. I have to be aware that I have been working too much since I was young, and now certainly I am getting older. I have to make a good and careful plan to insure the continuing comfort and viability of the rescued animals.
Thank you so much for your support.