A cat in Namie-machi returned to the owner

April 25th, 2012
I don’t know how many times I have visited Namie-machi. There are unforgettable moments for each and every cat.

This cat was found by a volunteer when we went to one owner’s house by their request last summer. Since then I have visited this house every month, but that cat was not in the capture cage. Whenever I visited, other cats were in the capture cage. Some of them have been returned to their families.

We were checked up on by police one time during our rescue activity. At that moment, we had stopped our car to rescue this cat. A police car came when we picked up the empty plastic food bag. It was quite obvious what we were doing. Police said you are feeding cats, aren’t you?

But anyway, we kept visiting this place for that cat again and again. Then finally this cat appeared in the capture cage! But this is not the end in this area. There are some other cats and I still keep on visiting the area.


After the rescue, the cat's health is examined at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. As we don’t have enough places to keep them all, we look for host families. For such host families, we make the contract as if the owner was found. We have to give the cat back to the owner. This cat started a new life with a very kind host family.

After a while, one person contacted us about this cat. We exchanged photos and other information; we confirmed this cat belongs to this person. We discussed it with the host family and the owner, and the owner went to the host family’s house to receive this cat.

We are happy that the cat was finally returned to the owner, but it is also sad for the host family. We appreciate this host family's generosity so much. We wish they could adopt other pets, but considering how they might feel after this, we just can’t say that to them.

Here is the message from this host family:

I want to let you know that I gave the cat back to the owner today. Everyone in the family, the mother and all 3 children came to receive this cat. They have other cats. I felt relieved that this cat won’t feel lonely. Their lifestyle as evacuees is still not stable. If they need my help to look after their cats, I'll be pleased to do that. Thank you so much.


Here is the message from this owner.

We were happy to meet our cat Sakura again yesterday.
I am grateful beyond words to Inuneko Kyusaino Wa / TNR Animal Welfare Hospital. We thank you so much. We can’t get our former life back, but our sadness has been lightened after getting back Sakura. Thank you so much.

People who didn’t know each other are linked by cats. I continue to wish for the happiness of cats, and people who are involved with them.

By the way, this cat’s name is Sakura. Please compare the photo of Sakura when she was in the cage and now. She looks twice as big, like a ball. She was spoiled by the host family. Happiness is like a ball...complete circle.......

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット





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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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