June 8,2011

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.

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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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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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