Rescue activity in Fukushima in June – Namie-machi

July 1st, 2012

Wildflowers always open gently and beautifully. It give us a relaxing moment. I always want to say I am sorry to the flowers.


The town hasn't changed after the disaster, other than a little road repair.



We leave the food stock in one house where the owner had many dogs and cats, and took care of street cats. They offered their office to use to store the food. This is very helpful.




Last April 22,24:00, Namie-machi was blocked as an off-limits area. Many rescue parties and volunteers made desperate efforts to rescue before it was blocked. We worked on without sleep for 60 hours! We were challenged to our human limits.

When we had only 1 hour left, I still had a place to go for one dog. I met this dog last time. This dog ran after our car but it was completely full of cats and really no space. I promised to come back. I couldn’t think about this dog without crying. 15 minutes to be closed. I drove around so many unfamiliar places. My memory became unsure but we drove through Namie-machi at midnight.

Then that dog appeared! I came here for you. Come with us. But this friendly dog doesn’t want to go into the car. We were desperate to let him in. We slowly surround this dog and close in little by little. If the police car comes, certainly we have to leave immediately. Finally the dog came into the cage in the car. It was 1:00am. I know this is violation but I couldn’t leave this dog. I didn’t say that we were still in the area. I was concerned about making any trouble for other parties. Still now, I can’t announce everything about the activity in the off-limits area.

After the off-limits area was set, some parties announced activity beyond the barricade and some not. I have never felt guilty about rescuing the pets, and wanted to announce everything. But the police were so vigilant, and we could never win this fight against the government. If they guard stricter, we won’t be able to go in and we won’t be able to save lives. This is why we decided not to announce for a while. I respect either decision, and thank all who continue the activity.

The dog that I rescued in Namie-machi was at last brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.


We are full of cats and pets in the city. Ishikawa Animal Friends offered to accept some dogs and cats. This male dog, “Panda”, also moved to Ishikawa Animal Friends. Some people don’t approve of transferring the animals to areas far away. It is easy to criticize. I don’t think they are wrong but I still think these people don’t know much about what is happening in the off-limits area. I am so grateful to people who accept our dogs and cats. They save so many lives. The off-limits area is another world and our common sense doesn’t fit.

NHK broadcasting picked up this dog, and luckily the owner was found.

The owner told me that their other 1 dog and 8 cats are still in the off-limits area. Then I decided to continue the activity beyond the barricade.

We rescued 6 cats and they were also accepted by Ishikawa Animal Friends. We still can’t find the other 2 cats, but through this activity, I confirmed their existence. At the same time, we captured many cats from their neighbors and returned them to the families.

Panda was accepted by another family in Ishikawa. But as his owner finally started to live in a temporary house after changing from the shelter. On June 28th, the owner went to Ishikawa to pick him up.

Panda is an adorable dog and I also wanted to keep him with me. It is hard to imagine how much this family misses Panda. Even though they understand and accept the situation, I feel sorry for them. But he is loved by so many people, and now is back with his family. I hope he will never be alone again, and hope happiness will be his constant companion.

1 year and 3 months after the disaster, Panda met his family again, and now lives with them in the temporary housing unit. I appreciate so much Ishikawa Animal Friends, and people who care about Panda. Thank you so much.

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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