☆Fukushima activity in May.

May 12, 2015
☆Fukushima activity in May.

Do you know the response-type signal?

When I didn’t know about this signal, I stopped at a red light in Naraha.
A police car came and I was praying for the light to change to green!
But it didn’t change.
The police man came to me and explained to me about the response-type signal.
I had to stop closer to the signal.


Let’s start the activity in the Okuma difficult return area.
An untended shed which seems ready to collapse.
But still cats can avoid the rain and the wind.


This is the entrance.
The broken glass from the earthquake is still there.
This is dangerous for animals and humans.
But during the activity, no time to clean it.


The number of food boxes is now half because of wild boar.
Change it to a smaller one.


Or use the unnecessary things from the house owner.


No matter what happens, the flowers bloom every year, which softens our hearts.


I stopped at this place to take photos last year, and also before last year.


Now there are only a few cats in the planned nationalization area.


Who did this?


Brought by humans, who then irresponsibly allowed life to increase.
This is not your fault.
I wish you happiness.


Common raccoon pollutes the capture cage.
We have to take it back and have to disinfect.
Steady activity continues every time for the remaining few cats.


After going out from the barricade, we have to do screening for radioactivity.
Then finally take off the protective clothing.
Let’s hang on to go to Tomioka and Naraha.


A cat that I have never seen came into the capture cage in Naraha.


A male cat non-castrated.
He looks friendly.
Hello cute boy.


Could we save the stray dogs in Jyoso-city, Ibaraki prefecture?

May 7, 2015
Could we save the stray dogs in Jyoso-city, Ibaraki prefecture?

This is report from a volunteer who visited Jyoso.
I want to rescue them as quickly as possible.
But it is not so easy to protect and take care of even one dog.
We go forward calmly.


Inflammation of the skin on the whole body looks severe.
It is so difficult to capture this dog.
We are making a plan to protect this dog as soon as possible.


It is also difficult to find a place to accommodate this dog.
It is even more difficult to find a place for all the dogs.
Until we find the solution, we take ni such dogs, hoping to find foster families one by one for the tame ones.
If we find a foster family for one dog, I want to use that newly opened space for this dog.

Is there anyone who can accept a tamed dog in your family?


Please support the rescue activity of Jyoso stray dogs.

We need your support to rescue such stray dogs.
The donation will be used for sterilizatrion, vaccine, inspection for filaria, and also to prepare shelter.
It won’t be used for the dogs in Jyoso (or for stray cats in the same area).
Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Akiko Yui 2015.4.20

This bank account is managed by Inuneko Kyusainowa and CAPIN.
I report the income and expenditure in our website and blog.

Mizuho Bank, Moriya branch.
Uchimura Yuko

Visiting the dog shelter.

May 5, 2015
Visiting the dog shelter.

I visited the dog shelter in Tochigi prefecture with a veterinarian of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.

CAPIN also joined with us.
This is Tomoe who is the owner of this shelter.
He offered to accept the stray dogs from Jyoso, Ibaraki temporarily.


This is a good environment for dogs, in the mountains.
We saw some of the volunteers’ good ideas for keeping dogs from escaping.
This is quite a big space, and the dogs were relaxing and running around in the space.
The volunteer already made a new strong kennel for the dogs from Jyoso.
We don’t have to kill them if people make efforts together.
Life is precious.
It should stop the irresponsible idea of just killing animals to get them out of the way.


This is Tomoe and Tsuruta from CAPIN.


We have to take the stray dogs out of Ibaraki Animal Welfare Center immediately.
But we have to prepare well, especially for parvovirus.
This is why I brought our veterinarian and did vaccination to the dogs in this shelter.


Food is the product of love and tears.

May 4, 2015
Food is the product of love and tears.

Activity in Fukushima always involves trouble.
First of all, we need to get permission to go into Okuma and Futaba in the area within 20km from the nuclear power plant.
It took time to get the permission, and then we can only stay there for 5 hours.
If we stay over 5 hours, we may not get permission next time.

Our activity to rescue cats is not accepted by the authorities.
If we are caught by police, they could possibly cancel the permission.

We continue the activity, mindful of small creatures which have no words, but do feel pain and emotion.
We have to do this even though we are called the criminals.

This time was harder than usual.
We were depressed because there was not enough food.
But even so, we had to manage, and bring food for the cats.

I am sorry for the volunteers who will come to Namie on Sunday.
They’ll have to prepare so much food before they come to Fukushima.

I went there on Saturday.
I gathered as much food as possible in Kawasaki and brought it on Friday evening.
A resident in Naraha was worried, and she suggested using dog food.
I used dog food sometimes in the past.
Cats don’t like it so much, but in fact some cats grow up with dog food.

She gave us so much dog food.
I mixed it with cat food, and repacked it in the plastic bags.
Along with the food from the first day, I think they can survive until next time.

I managed to fill the food at all points.
I am sorry that I can’t give very much of it.


This is almost half the usual quantity, but it looks ok.


Managing the capture cages requires sensitivity,and can be nerve-wracking.
This time, we had to think carefully about the food, and were also frustrated with the police cars.
It was so hard to fight the time limit.

At the last point, a police car from Fukushima prefectural police came.
I was so tired, and couldn’t think.
I thought this is it.

But somehow I got out from the barricade.
I still needed to bring the food to Tomioka and Naraha, but the food ran out in Tomioka.

No food for Naraha.
I was thought about buying new food at a hardware store in Iwaki the next day, and returned to Naraha base.

The supporter’s food package has arrived!
So thankful!!
Thank you so much.
This package gave me courage to continue.
I don’t have time to be depressed.
I loaded this new food and went to the Naraha feeding point.
At last we could bring food to all feeding points.

If the food box runs out it will be empty till we go next time.
But there are cats that depend on this food box.
They don’t know when the food is coming, but will come to check the empty box today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

I just want them to be able eat.
Thank you so much for your support.

This is a food box which Madao set in one resident’s yard.

★Fukushima activity in April.

May 1, 2015
Fukushima activity in April.

The number of cats has decreased.

So the feeding boxes are now smaller.
I don’t through away any wooden boards that could be used to make boxes.
This looks a bit bent, but still, we can use it.
We can clean the rubbish from the gaps, make it just right.

Set the food box underneath things that don’t move.





Sometimes set them in somewhat hidden ways.



If there’s too much food in the box, sometimes this happens.
The feeding box falls down, and the capture cage turns over.
How it can be like this?


Another one was tossed to the edge of the garden.
This was done by wild boar.
I lost to the wild boar.


Did you know that wild boar love bamboo shoots?
I saw it on TV.
They can smell it in the earth.


I looked at the bamboo grove.
It’s an all-you-can-eat spot.
No is one living in this town.
Maybe they’re thinking this bamboo grove is all theirs.


A common raccoon family seems to be living in this house.


Well, who are you?
Sorry to disturb you.


I get confused, seeing so many animals.

It’s such a hard situation for weak cats.
There are so many troubles for us too.
But I decided not to leave cats in this place, and set over 40 capture cages every time.

The activity time is limited and we are always in a hurry.
After the checking point, we could finally feel relieved.

A poster for the cherry blossoms festival before the disaster is still there in Tomioka.






This is a place where so many cats were saved.
There are signs of more remaining, but many crows come, so I moved the food box.
Until cats find this new place, we use both.
Taking out rubbish.


Recently, some food boxes are empty.
I suppose that, like us, other volunteers also have trouble getting enough food.
If no one can come with supplies, we had better take the cats out.




The report is delayed.
This is the report of the last time.

We don’t have enough food.
Depending on the situation, we sometimes have to buy the food in Iwaki.
Fukushima is not over yet.
It is so hard to continue the activity, but we can’t stop.
Even if we can’t do quite enough for cats in Fukushima, we have to go on with cats that are surviving in such hard conditions.

★Fukushima activity on April 18 and 19.

April 27, 2015
Fukushima activity on April 18 and 19.

Each time we set over 40 capture cages.
Our volunteers sent me the photos as follows.

Let’s go.

This is the situation, setting capture cages on the first day, in Okuma planned nationalization area.













These are in Futaba planned nationalization area.









Many cats were saved by mid March.
But after that the number of rescued cats is decreasing.

However, certainly some cats are still left there.

If we give up, we can’t save the remaining lives.
Even though the number is decreasing, we can’t stop.

☆Can we save so many stray dogs in Jyoso, Ibaraki prefecture?

April 26, 2015
☆Can we save so many stray dogs in Jyoso, Ibaraki prefecture?

We tried protect a puppy, about 5 months old, but…

There are so many cats living in one house.
But the owner doesn’t want to do sterilization.
At this moment, we’re trying to do TNR for stray cats before they get pregnant.


CAPIN rebuilding the shelter to accept stray dogs.
They are doing this with volunteers on weekends.
It will take more time.

They are trying to protect at least the puppies.






They couldn’t do it this time.
This is the No.1 area.
This puppy may be a brother of Takuya, who was already protected.
There is one more puppy in this place.

They appear to be almost 5 months old.
Already they seem cautious.
Is there anyone who can take care of them for a while after they’re rescued?

If you are interested, please contact us.

☆Fukushima, the 5th year.

April 25, 2015
☆Fukushima, the 5th year.

The fresh green of Fukushima in April is so beautiful and tender.




There are some places that don’t look like Japan.
Though we started just after the crisis began, we haven’t been able to finish the activity.

This is our mini-shelter in Naraha.
We are expanding the building.
This may sound extreme, but there was no electricity, no water, and entrance was forbidden.
It was so inconvenient.
Talking with the residents was helpful.

We extended water service and made a washing space.
There was no washing space to wash the dishes for the cats.


Fill a bucket with water and then wash the cat toilet in it.
We can also wash the capture cage.
Even this is so epoch-making.

We can do this because of your support.
Thank you so much.


Beautiful Fukushima.





Like sisters, we supported each other when it was hard, and when our hearts almost broke.

No one even has time go back to their hometowns from Fukushima while saving animals in each region.

★Came back from Fukushima. Thank you for your work.

April 20, 2015
★Came back from Fukushima. Thank you for your work.

The activity in Okuma, Futaba, the planned nationalization area and the difficult to return area advances smoothly.

We rescued 62 cats by March with cooperative activity.
We saved lives, and also stopped the proliferation of unhappy lives with sterilization just before spring breeding season.
If you feed, it’s also necessary to do the sterilization.
It is a basic matter.
But it was so difficult to do in Fukushima, with such tight regulations.
The probability of seeing kittens is much reduced now.

This time, 7 volunteers joined.
We set 45 capture cages in the usual area, and also at other volunteer’s feeding points.
No cats in the capture cages in Okuma and Futaba.
Thank you so much for your hard work.
This result proved there are less cats in 20km area.
But even though few, each volunteer still saw some cats.

We set a few sensor cameras in the 20km area.
Maybe we should set more.
By the way, these sensor cameras were from our supporters.
Thank you so much.
It is so helpful.

We will continue to set sensor cameras for a year and confirm remaining cats.
Let the cameras work while we are not there.

Now we focus on doing sterilization in Naraha and Tomioka as well.

The feeding point in Tomioka became a decontamination area.
But still Matatabe & Nekokatsu each set 2 capture cages.
The feeding in Tomioka was not enough for a while and we are worried about whether or not the cats are still alive.
An inexperienced volunteer already remembers the feeding point, and also how to set the capture cage.
They are now a big help.
Unfortunately, no cats were in the capture cage in Tomioka.

One cat was protected in Naraha.
This is the place where Matatabi & Nekokatsu set the capture cage first in the morning, and collected it last in the evening.
Private houses are there, and so many animals were left in this place.
Many cats were rescued.


In the tsunami area.
White and brown cat.
The runny nose is severe.
The cat found food in this place, but considering the dreary situation in this Tsunami area, we won’t release it after the sterilization, but instead find a foster family.


A black cat.
The heavy equipment came into the tsunami-damaged house, and dismantled it.
Cats lose a place to live.

The health condition of the cats is worse.
This cat has leukemia, and will live in the leukemia room of Inuneko Kyusainowa shelter.
But our shelter is full, with 100 cats.


A brown tabby.
The left eyeball protruded, and we operated to extract it in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
The days of hunger and solitude.
Without treatment they get sick and die.
This cat had been sterilized.
Maybe someone’s cat?
It is so painful to imagine how this cat was thinking and living for these 4 years.
I really want this cat to be happy.



I will report again about activity in 20km area.

☆Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center, destruction of dogs and cats reached zero.

April 17, 2015
☆Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center, destruction of dogs and cats reached zero.

I have received delightful e-mail from Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center on April 16, 14:17.
The destruction of dogs and cats in Kanagawa Animal Welfare Center was zero in 2014.

Thank you so much for all of your work!



Saving lives in Fukushima.

April 8, 2015
Saving lives in Fukushima.

Reprinting from the blog of Nekokatsu.

The construction work of the interim storage facility has started.

They have started to bring in contaminated waste.

We have little time, and few volunteers.


Life which survived in the radiation-polluted town.


Try to protect them.


Never give up.


Try to protect them.


As a team, “Inuneko Kyusainowa”.


Try to protect them, down to the last one.


Never give up.

Life is all.


I joined in the rescue activity of Inuneko Kyusainowa, with Matatabi, this time as well.


We need so much food in this activity in Fukushima.

I’d appreciate if you could send food to Inuneko Kyusainowa.


This cat is Iro.

I used your donation for the transportation fee to Fukushima.

The report is delayed.
This is the report of one month before….


Everyone is too busy and I understand the delay in the updating of the blog.
Thank you for your work, Matatabi and Nekokatsu.
We started the activity from April with the two of you.
I’ll somehow try to follow you.
Thank you in advance.

★Report and application for Fukushima cooperative rescue activity. 62 abandoned cats were rescued.

April 6, 2014
★Report and application for Fukushima cooperative rescue activity.
62 abandoned cats were rescued.



Fukushima rescue activity took place on March 29, the last permitted day for going into 20km area.
Early morning, we gathered at Inuneko Kyusainowa Naraha base.
Each one loaded the food and necessary materials into the cars to follow the schedule.
Checked carefully about divisions of work, and places and times to gather.



Fill up water.

Check capture cage.





While I checked the capture cage, Madao was working hard.

This is a hard place for feeding.
Madao offered to make a very good feeding box and had an idea especially suited to the 20km area.
So I asked him to make it.


Keep going feeding box!!!

Madao also often goes to Iidatemura to help the animals.

This is his blog about activity in Iidatemura.

By the way, we set over 40 capture cages in the planned nationalization area, and difficult return area, Tomioka and Naraha.
Let’s see how they are.

Well, I’m confused about the kinds of animals.

Who are you?

And you??

My goodness!
No cats in there.

However this result is a good one, as I expected.

The construction of the interim storage facility has started and we are not sure how long we will be able to continue going into this area.
So we focused on rescuing cats from the planned nationalization area, and set capture cages to rescue as many as we can.
Now cats in the planned nationalization area are far fewer.
Also we rescued so many kittens and adult cats from the difficult to return area, in cooperation with other volunteers.
The best thing is that we could slow the Spring time breeding.
It’s quite probable the increase of kittens was lower.

Report of the number of rescued cats by cooperative activity in Fukushima.

October : 4 cats
November : 14 cats
December : 11 cats

January : 7 cats
February : 9 cats
March : 17 cats

TOTAL : 62 cats

62 cats were rescued by volunteer activity in Fukushima.
The actual number is more, because of other volunteer’s activity.
I want to thank the volunteers so much, Nyanda Guard, Rista, Nekono Maria, Matatabi&Nekokatsu.
Also thanks to all of you who support us by sending so much food, and so many donations.
With all of your cooperation, we were able to save many lives.
I'd like to express my deep gratitude.

The new fiscal year began in April.
The next permitted term to go into 20km area will be after April 18.
The number of remaining cats is few.
The probability of capturing cats will be low.
However, certainly there are still abandoned cats there.
We have to continue this activity until the number is zero.
It will be hard activity for all volunteers, but we have to.
We will help each other, and get past this situation.

Right now, most of volunteers come to Fukushima in their own cars.
If anyone wants to join this activity in Fukushima with us after April, please contact us.
Honestly this is very hard work.
However we could save lives.
Thank you for your consideration.

It is a very long blog today.
But let me write a bit more about Tomioka and Naraha.

I collected the capture cages and did the feeding.
Madao came with me, and he was so helpful.


He can carry the water with such a big plastic tank.
The power of this man is so helpful.



In Naraha, the demolition work of a damaged house was carried out.


Finally, there were no cats into the capture cages in Tomioka and Naraha.
My car was empty!

There are some places which I am worried about.
Iwaki city where is a place of refuge, and 5 cats were in the parking area in Hirono.
A man at a gas station told me that cats are increasing, as are related problems.
We have to do some sterilization.
Otherwise they will continue increasing.



And then a volunteer who is a harder worker than me rescued 3 cats.
My car was not empty!

Our activity is in 5 towns in the old hazard area.
But there are so many cats which have not undergone sterilization around these towns and other towns.


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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