Questions to Kanagawa prefecture concerning the fatal assault case of the dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center

September 11, 2014
Questions to Kanagawa prefecture concerning the fatal assault case of the dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center

We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, have some questions, as below:

Will the prefecture prosecute the cleaning company for property damage or not.
If not, why don’t they?
(The dog belongs to the prefecture. This was a flagrant offence and certainly resulted in damage. The Center has the managerial responsibility of protection.)

Will the prefecture accuse the worker and the company of violation of animal protection methods or not.
If not, why don’t they?
(It doesn’t make sense that the Animal Welfare Center, which should educate citizens, doesn’t prosecute this case, which happened on their site.

It’s a publicly facility. In the Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 239, Clause 2, “A government official or local government official shall file an accusation when they believe an offence has been committed.”
What is the reason for not fulfilling this?

They said that they will hold the memorial service on the 25th.
If they accuse the cleaning company, why will they let the accused join in?

What do you think?
Please send your opinion to Kanagawa prefecture.

Kanagawa Public Health and Welfare Bureau, Living and Health Department, Food Sanitation Section.
TEL : 045-210-4932 or 045-210-4947
FAX : 045-210-8864

Fukushima rescue activity in Naraha.

September 9, 2014
Fukushima rescue activity in Naraha.


The car, which is packed with our hopes.





This is a tsunami area near the Naraha base.
This base is situated on the top of hill, and didn’t have any damage from the tsunami.
But only a short distance away, this place was swallowed by the surging water.

I heard that the resident wouldn’t return.
The weeds grow even inside of the house.
In such an area, many cats are still surviving.

I rescued so many, and did TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return).
But still there are so many more, and it’s difficult to do the sterilization for all.




We set the capture cage in Naraha, at the feeding point, as well as inside the 20km area.






I want to at least do the sterilization for all cats.
Sterilization is necessary to prevent making unhappy lives.
But it is difficult to do.
I am so impatient.
But whenever I go there, I set the capture cage, hoping to rescue even one cat.



Concerning the fatal assault case of the dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center:

September 7, 2014
Concerning the fatal assault case of the dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center:

We Inuneko Kyusainowa think that we should clarify who is responsible for this case by filing an accusation.

※ We cannot make a case for property damage without an accusation.
The dog in the Center belonged to Kanagawa prefecture, and therefore was the property of the citizens of the prefecture.
Kanagawa prefecture must prosecute this case as property damage.

Passively watching events unfold will not result in the facts being handed down to the public.
Such a position would not be able to avoid criticism of copping out” or “buck-passing”.

We cannot end this case without answers, and it is necessary to clarify who is responsible for this case by prosecuting it.
The center should clear up this case, and act to strictly punish abuse of animals.
As it corresponds to animal abuse cases in general family homes, the center should prosecute this case, which happened in the center.
We demand the center commit to a prosecution.
If the center or prefecture doesn’t do that, we will do so in our own way.

A dog assaulted and dies in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

September 6, 2014
A dog assaulted and dies in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

It was a tragic incident in the Kanagawa prefecture Animal Welfare Center.
A sanitation worker from a trustee company fatally assaulted a 10 year old female miniature dachshund.
The Animal Welfare Center said that they got advice from the police, and will try their best not to have any reoccurrence of the same trouble.

This is an article from Asahi online news on September 4.

On September 4 at Kanagawa Animal Welfare center in Hiratsuka city, a man in his 50s who performed cleaning duties assaulted a dog in this center, resulting in the dog’s death.
This center had realised the goal of zero killing of dogs last year for the first time since they opened in 1972.
Kanagawa prefecture consulted with Hiratsuka police department as to the violation of animal protection methods.

The center said that a female miniature dachshund (over 10 years old) bit the worker when he tried to move it to clean the kennel.
He got angry and hit the dog multiple times with a metal tool, which was used for the fence.
The worker was wearing leather gloves and didn’t get hurt.

The Animal Welfare center is a place that accepts animals that the owners can’t keep.
Dogs without a claimant have been killed.
However, in line with the current trend of animal welfare, they have been making efforts to find volunteer foster families.
Such efforts paid off and achieved killing zero of the dogs last year.
This dead dog was going to be taken next week by a volunteer.
Masahiko Akiyama, who is a head of the business department, said “We are very much shocked by the death of this dog.
With expert guidance, we will try our best to avoid repetition of the same trouble.

We Inuneko Kyusainowa know very well that Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center is making serious efforts to rescue dogs and cats.
This is a case of a man having an emotional outburst.
I can easily imagine the sadness of all the staff in the center.
I believe they have verified what happened, and will take every measure for prevention of recurrence.

Dear Friends.
Still now at this moment, there are so many dogs and cats waiting for new families.
I hope this case doesn’t effect staff efforts to find new families.
Please support Kanagawa Animal Welfare center, the same as always, or more.

Please lend your support to find new families for the dogs!

This is about the transfer of dogs and cats in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.


Came back from Fukushima.

September 6, 2014
Came back from Fukushima


We thank you so much for your great support.

Activity was in the “difficult to return” area and planned nationalization area, with Matatabi’s car.
A total of 2 cats and 4 people.
I will report to you later about it.

This is Futaba.
It was a hard place to do rescue work.

Going to Fukushima.

September 4, 2014

It is 2:00AM on September 4.
I will go to Fukushima now.
Thank you so much for your support.


Kawasaki Animal Welfare center in August.

September 2, 2014
Kawasaki Animal Welfare center in August.

Kawasaki Animal Welfare center is old and small.
There is not so much space for cats.
But even in such a situation, they use various spaces, and save animals’ lives.

This is on August 28.
There are so many towels to launder.
Air-drying takes a long time in such terribly humid weather.


Laundry at the entrance stairs.


Hello tiny one.
You’ve grown a bit.


Let’s get treatment, and find your foster family.


It is rare to see so many red tabbies.
I took 5 of them.
They will join in our adoption event.


Don’t be afraid.
Your ears will be straight soon.


You still have teary eyes.


There are so many.


All the staff here have high consciousness and enthusiasm.
It informs their actions, and so many lives are saved in these years.
Whenever I visit here, I feel great human energy.


There are so many kittens in lactation.
Thank you, everyone.

Please support Kawasaki Animal Welfare center.

119 Kanigaya, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 213-0025
TEL : 044-766-2237
e-mail : 35dobutu@city.kawasaki.jp

Fukushima – feeding activity in Namie and Futaba. And activity in the planned nationalization area.

August 31,2014
Fukushima – feeding activity in Namie and Futaba.
And activity in the planned nationalization area.

The residents in Namie can go home during the day.
But they still can’t live there.
The plant grows powerfully from a crack in the asphalt road.
I just wonder if there are any residents visiting this house.


An old couple who were living in the house asked me to find their cat.
They come home once a month.
I bring the food once every 2 weeks.
Sometimes I find something, like things they made to scare away crows, or a letter they have left.


Cat’s canned food!
It is empty.
It means a cat was here.
I will call the resident.


This is ….

It said beware, the fierce dog bites?
It means really bite you??


Yes, it bites.
Someone told me that.
Many of the houses have this kind of sign.
I hope those dogs are living with their families.
This is a house of Mr. Biter’s friend.
Cats in this house were protected, and they are now with their families.
But still some other cats come to this house to eat.


There are some problems in Namie.
But other volunteers took a part of the feeding points.
Then I can go to the planned nationalization area.
We really need human energy.



This is a most difficult area in Futaba.
Futaba will accept the construction of an interim storage facility.
It is a big thing, done by a big power.
I am just a small person, and running around desperately.
It is disappointing and sad.
But if we do nothing, they have to die.

Even if I at times I can’t rescue any cats, or only one cat, if I continue making efforts to rescue, assiduous efforts eventually rescue many lives.
I still have a chance to rescue them.
I will never give up the attempts to rescue all of them.






Please support us.
Please let us rescue all left cats.

Planned nationalization area, Okuma

August 30, 2014
Planned nationalization area, Okuma

Decontamination on route 6.
I have heard that normal vehicles can go through in September though.




This is a house near route 6.
The radiation level is high.



The media said that the construction of the interim storage facility is progressing towards realization.
There were some cats that I saw.
I want to rescue them no matter what.
I have to set the capture cages.


Volunteers are now so few.
I want to cooperate with them, but it’s difficult to make a schedule.
This makes it difficult to continue setting the capture cages.
So I try to go to Fukushima for 2 days.


I set the capture cage rapidly at the feeding point.





This narrow road is covered by bamboo, and sometimes I can’t move ahead.
I feel a bit lonely.




There are some chestnuts in burrs.
I love such natural things, but can’t take a time to stop and enjoy.


This is near the seaside.
As I imagined, the food box fell down.
But this is a new food box.
Even it falls down, it’s not really a problem.
We can still use it.



The setting of capture cages in Okuma is finished at this house.
I took a little time to clean the broken pieces of tiles in the yard.
You may think ‘why now?’
I have been in Fukushima for over three and a half years.
But during all that time I really didn’t have a few extra minutes to clean away these tiles.


I can’t do even such a tiny thing.
It is always a race against time.
I imagine other volunteers are in the same situation during feeding activity.


Go to Futaba and Niamie, then back to Okuma.

Check the capture cage.

It’s birthing season for raccoons and raccoon dogs (tanuki).
I saw many raccoon dog pups.


The capture cage got dirty, but after releasing the raccoon dog pups, I reset the capture cage.
I can do this because I’ll stay in Fukushima tonight.


After I released a raccoon, a cat came into the reset capture cage.


In this place, I protected a red tabby in May.
Maybe this is its brother?
I still can’t find the 2 cats belonging to the resident of this place.


Happy Torako! Miraculous reencounter of a Fukushima cat after three and a half years.

August 26, 2014
Happy Torako!
Miraculous reencounter of a Fukushima cat after three and a half years.

Reprint from Ishikawa Animal Friends.

There are so many disasters in Japan, and whenever I saw the news, it broke my heart.
I hope there are no more victims in Hiroshima.

This is from the owner of Ryupan.
It’s been three and a half years since disaster.
Torako was found and protected safely.


This is a miracle.

The owner went home often but she had never seen Torako.
She thought Torako had already died.

But Torako is completely safe, no FIV and no Felv.
In Namie, pigs, wild boar, and crows broke the glass, and break into everything.
How can Torako have be survived?

In the media, they said the abandoned dogs and cats became feral.
But obviously not at all of them.
Torako was still Torako.


The owner said that Torako was the only one that wears a collar.
So this must be Torako.

When the owner called Torako, she answered and started to say something.
Generally cats forget easily, but this one, not at all.
Torako remembers everything.
The owner had hopes that another of her cats is also somehow surviving.

Torako was rescued because of the people who still continue to feed and rescue in Fukushima, like Inuneko Kyusainowa.


This is Kotori’s blog, where you can see how Torako was rescued.

This is also due to the help from everyone who supports efforts to rescue cats.
Thank you so much.

Torako is about 11 years old, and a sister of Russa, who I was taking care of.
Now she is with her owner in the temporary housing in Nihonmatsu.
She fawns on her family, and is very happy.
I hope another one, Aka, will be found soon.
We, Ishikawa Animal Friends, support Inuneko Kyusainowa.
Still there are so many cats that are waiting for rescue.
Please support Inuneko Kyusainowa.


Actually I was involved in a terrible accident.
I was shut in by the barricade.
Fukushima activity is unpredictable.
Last time, I couldn’t go in and this time, I couldn’t get out.
It is difficult to follow a plan.
The owner of Torako called me again and again.
But I was in a panic, and couldn’t answer the phone.
I am so sorry.

This is a small house which Torako’s owner made in their yard for cats.


Since March 11, 2011, the owner and I continued bringing food every month.
So many cats were found and protected.
After residents in Namie got the permission to go home during the day, this owner went home more often than before.
Maybe Torako felt it.

Kotori-san set the capture cage in Torako’s house.
Torako knows where she was living, and came home sometimes.

I don’t see any people in Namie, but there are cats.

I saw this cat again at the same place as before.
Maybe this house is where that cat was living.
This cat walks with shuffle.
This is so sad.
3.11 Rescue and Kotori care about this cat, but still we can’t capture it.



Please remember that there are still many cats living in desperation.
When they come home, there’s no one there.
Some cats are still roaming.
Please go there and find your children.

Exterminating the rats with poison food and adhesive sheets in Naraha, Fukushima.

August 24, 2014
Exterminating the rats with poison food and adhesive sheets in Naraha, Fukushima.

This is midnight on the Jyoban road.
There are few cars at such a time.
It means few people do this kind of activity.


The morning glow is beginning when we enter into Fukushima.
It makes me feel like starting the activity.


We have to focus on rescue in Okuma and Futaba.
But we had information about extermination of rats in Naraha, where the residents can return soon.
There are so many cats in Naraha.
Poison food and adhesive sheets are very dangerous for cats.

Someone called the town hall and told them of anxieties regarding the sacrifice of cats.
The town hall said don’t worry.
It sounds like they don’t care about these lives.
We have to get them out, as many as we can, and we set the capture cages for some places.



This is a tsunami area in early morning.
A black and white cat seems to be catching insects.



A tortoiseshell appears to be going around looking for food.
I just left the food over there.


After Naraha, we go to Okuma and Futaba, beyond the checking point.

We go again to Naraha at the end of the day to collect the capture cages.

Early evening, there was a tornado warning in Naraha.
This is our first experience with this.
How should we be careful?
Fog appeared suddenly.


This cat was captured in Naraha.


I checked with a resident in this place, and this cat is not their cat.
They said that they will come home.
So exterminating rats in this area will be done on large scale.

There is a black cat in this area.
I want to rescue this cat before it becomes a victim of poison food.

Fukushima planned nationalization area.

August 23, 2014
Fukushima planned nationalization area.

I just came home after 2 days of activity in Fukushima.
It was deadly sweltering heat, and so sweaty.
But we continued working desperately for the cats’ protection.
There was a terrible incident, but we finally came home.

In the car I heard radio news about the disaster in Hiroshima, and about the nationalization plan for Okuma and Futaba, which are close to the nuclear power plant 1 in Fukushima.

I don’t know what the situation will be after this plan is decided.
Will it be forbidden to go in these areas?
Well, it’s no use thinking about it now.
What I can do is to protect cats, as many as I can, before this plan is enforced.

It’s been 3 years and 5 months since the disaster.
I want to rescue all of them.
They are fewer in number, and it’s difficult to get them into the capture cages.
This activity will be harder for volunteers from now on.

This time, we set 22 capture cages in 2 days.
We checked 3 times.
With such short activity time we volunteers must cooperate.






3 years and 5 months since the disaster.
Fukushima planned nationalization area Koirino, Okuma.



Is this the cat we are looking for?

August 21, 2014
Is this the cat we are looking for?

Kotori-san sent me a picture, which she took during the feeding activity in Fukushima.

Don’t say so what.
Actually there is one cat in the center of this picture.


Kotori-san thought this brown tubby cat looks like the one which I have been looking for at the owner’s request.

The owner thinks the brown tubby may have been wearing a pink or dark red collar when they were separated.
This owner has many cats, but 2 other cats have still not been found.
The owner comes to their home sometimes for feeding.
If this brown tubby belongs to that owner, she must be very happy.

Kotori-san will try to capture this cat.
Kotori-san called me, and we discussed the place to set the capture cage, and also discussed this with cooperative residents.

These are Kotori-san’s blogs.

She captured this cat!
This cat came into Kotori-san’s capture cage.
3.11 rescue called me, and they are keeping this cat in their shelter.

Urgently I called the owner.
She is not sure about the design of the collar, but she will go to Namie soon to meet this cat.
If it’s not her cat, maybe it’s another resident’s cat.
Anyway this cat should be happy for rest of it’s life.

Everyone’s efforts are saving many abandoned lives.
Thanks to my fellows.
I want to continue helping each other, and rescue all the cats.


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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