☆First in Japan: a protective institution for suffering pets established in Oita in June.
From Nishinippon Shinbun, May 13, 2016
An institution for protecting disaster-victim pets, which can’t live with their owners, will be established in June in Kokonoe-machi, Oita.
Kyushu Animal Welfare Association (Fukuoka city) operates in cooperation with the Veterinary Medicine Association in Kyushu.
This institution will accept pets from all over Japan.
This is the first of it’s kind in Japan.
It was planned to open next Spring, but due to the occurrence of the Kumamoto earthquake, they will open earlier, in June.
It’s called the “Kyushu Saigaiji Dobutsu Kyuen Center” (Kyushu Disaster Animal Relief Center).
It is located at a place that was a sanitarium of Kyushu Electric Power Co. INC. in Yutsubo, Kokonoe-machi.
The administration building will undergo repairs, and facilities will be made for dogs and cats, including a dog run.
It is free of charge, except for vaccination costs.
Veterinarians and volunteers in Kyushu will operate it.
The association said that they already have inquiries concerning over 100 pets.
The Japan Veterinary Medicine Association planned it.
The Ministry of Environment set guidelines, as it was seen as rational to evacuate with pets after Great East Japan Earthquake.
However, after Kumamoto earthquake, there is no end to refugees staying in their cars rather than with so many other evacuees.
☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted. We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.
☆It’s been 8 months since the evacuation order was lifted.
We have almost completed the animal rescue in Naraha, Fukushima.
Last September, the evacuation order was lifted in Naraha.
It’s been 8 months, and the residents are going back slowly.
Sometimes we see the residents’ living together with animals.
We can go into Tomioka during the day, but it’s not possible to stay.
Decontamination work has been carried out repeatedly, but the radiation does not decrease.
It’s been 6 years since Great East Japan Earthquake, and I have aged.
I can’t say my health condition is good now.
I have been taking medicine for cerebral infarction.
Considerable arteriosclerosis was seen in my brain during a recent MRI examination, and it is quite a dangerous condition.
I’ll have to stay in the hospital in July for a whole-body examination.
Breathing difficulties were diagnosed as asthma. Medicine for that brings some relief.
Also, a shadow was seen in my lungs, and I will have a CT examination at the end of June.
I don’t want to go to the hospital so much. I’d prefer to just calmly accept and live with changes in my body. But as I am caring for so many cats, I have to keep up my health.
For six years in Fukushima, running between 5 towns consumed all my time.
At the end of Golden Week, I visited Naraha and Tomioka alone.
I wanted to meet the residents who have already returned, and talk about the future.
I also wanted to remove posters which mentioned the end of the feeding project.
There are some places in Tomioka where we can’t end our activities yet
But the number of cats has decreased, and they don’t come into the capture cages much.
Even though some residents returned, there are still a few feeding places for cats.
It seems we are far from finding an end to our work here.
Decontamination is actively carried out in preparation for the return of residents, but there are still many neglected places.
We set the capture cage at a place where we saw cats through a sensor camera.
This day was not too busy.
I had some time to clean the food box.
We will discontinue work in places where the residents come back often.
We took down the posters with information about protected cats.
We have so much appreciation for the residents who offered their places for feeding, and let us put up the posters.
Naraha is such a beautiful town.
Residents return to continue their lives here.
They seem to have a field.
What will they plant?
I went to a park at the cape.
A hotel near there, “Tenjin Misaki Shiokazeso”, has an open air bath which can look down at the sea.
Now they open regularly, including lunch time.
Waterline in the park.
I turned on a faucet, and was impressed that the water flows out.
But I was more impressed to see this landscape.
A family was playing energetically.
They looked very happy.
It might not be safe yet for the children.
But it must be a joy for them to spend some time together in their beloved hometown.
I visited this place too.
I can’t forget that day in this place.
The rescue activity was hell on earth, so hard.
But it was just the beginning of that hell.
After the nuclear power plant accident, the government abandoned the weak.
The government pushed down so many lives, into the depths of pain.
There was a cat, “Pochiko”, that lost the will to live, laying near the entrance to this company facility on the left.
There was a thin cat that give up on life, in narrow space on right side, behind the air conditioner outdoor unit.
It’s been 5 years.
Some residents returned to Naraha.
It was here that I found “Pochiko”,
I saw a resident who had returned, walking with 2 dogs.
They looked so happy.
We talked about the present situation in Naraha.
She said that now people can’t go into the park at the cape with dogs.
But there is a certain strength in the people living well and brightly in Naraha.
I couldn't help praying for her happiness as I saw her taking a walk.
She gave me so many bamboo shoots.
She said they were fresh. “They are from Fukushima, but if you don’t mind, please take them.”
They still have to take care when they offer something.
It was so tasty.
Thank you so much.
Bamboo forest in Naraha.
It looks very strong, and gives me energy.
People and animals can live together now in Naraha.
I report to you that we have almost completed feeding/rescue activity, except in a few places.
I thank you so deeply, so much, for supporting us by sending food and money.
We have to continue in Tomioka, as the return of residents seems to be taking more time.
But some residents who come back often will do the feeding instead of us.
We have no idea how to rescue cats from the difficult-to-return area of Okuma and Futaba beyond the barricade.
But we must try to rescue all.
I want to do as much as I can, even with so few volunteers.
Please support us.