Just returned from Fukushima
There are many details of our activities to report, but I must talk about the animals left behind in the off limits security zone because of the radiation hazard. Before the absolute no entrance rule was set, some pet owners (who have been living in evacuation centers and temporary housing where pets were not allowed) and volunteers were sneaking in and leaving food for the animals, but it’s been over 2 months since the absolute rule has been imposed for some areas. There can’t be any more food and water left for them in those areas. Already countless animals must have died and yet many more are suffering the slow and painful deaths by starvation. Another hard fact is, from what we understand by talking to the residents, most of those dogs and cats are not spayed or neutered. Consequently, many animals would become pregnant. Starved, dehydrated, and pregnant, the agony those mother dogs and cats must go through is heartbreaking.
With regard to dogs, even though they are generally easier to capture than cats, there are some that won’t let you get near them. For those, we need crate type catching devices. In Okuma-cho, one of the off limits areas, we saw a spot many dogs were gathering yesterday. For some reason they were all Shiba inus, about twenty of them. We really must hurry to capture them. Left alone, there will be even more painful deaths, of the mother dogs and their puppies.
The situation is absolutely dire now, but the Japanese government is hardly doing anything. There is an enormous number of animals waiting helplessly. By the way things are going, I’m afraid those poor dogs and cats will be long dead before anything is done. So many cats got loose, at this point they are not easily visible even if you try hard to find them. Under these circumstances, at the absolute minimum, we must put adequate food and water out now.
There are few people who are risking their lives to feed their pets while being displaced, but soon even that little bit of care will become impossible to give. Security for the off limits areas is becoming tighter for one thing, but the bigger problem is the quickly passing time. Once the winter and snow arrive, just reaching the areas will become prohibitive. The winter in the northeast is very inhospitable with freezing temperature and deep snow; it will certainly wipe out what’s left of the starving and weakened dogs and cats. We must think about how to get them out now, as the winter comes early, quickly, and harshly in the cold country.
We need your help! Your donation to Animal Rescue Fund allows us to keep doing anything that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the no-entry evacuation zone. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us. Animal Rescue Fund does not have its own no-kill animal shelter. Because of this, we are bringing the animals that we rescued to a pet hotel in Fukushima Prefecture for a temporary stay; we are transporting the animals one by one to our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We just don’t have enough room in our hospital to allow us to bring all of the rescued animals down here at once.
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