July 1, 2011

The great earthquake of March 11th, combined with the following unprecedented scale of tsunamis caused the horrendous nuclear plants accident. Without knowing the magnitude of the damage, thinking they’d be able to return in just a couple of days, the vast majority of the residents evacuated without their family pets. But the situation was much worse than initially thought, and the residents were not allowed to return to their homes for a prolonged period of time. Then on April 22nd, the government ordered the area within 20 km from the Fukushima nuclear plants to be completely off limits, prohibiting all people, including the residents of the area, from entering. As the time has passed, many of the animals left chained or shut inside the homes died of starvation. Unfathomable scenes like remains of cats that show possible cannibalizing of each other have been found inside homes. Those who got away from the confinement are growing weak by the day from starvation.

Presently in Fukushima, in an official capacity, a small team of just a handful of staff from the prefectural government is working to rescue those animals, but only a few are captured at a time. Several thousands are estimated to remain in the area still.

Right now, under the national government’s order, the pet owners who want to get their beloved pets out, or volunteer animal rescue groups, are not allowed to go inside the zone and leave food and water for the animals, let alone rescue them..

The Japanese government is abandoning our partner animals within the 20 km of the Fukushima nuclear plants to die, leaving them as just “things”, with no economic value. Those dogs and cats are shut in the world of certain death after painful starvation as they cannot get out of the death zone on their own. Once a family pet, they die alone waiting for their owners, their families, to come and get them. They are dying as I write this letter, suffering horrible deaths.

We are therefore asking you to write in a petition on the care2 website to urge the Japanese government to allow the pet owners and animal rescue groups to enter the off limits Fukushima nuclear plants vicinity in order to rescue these family pets. Those dogs and cats are destined to die. The situation is extremely urgent. Please write in today to help them. The petition site's URL is as follows.







About Us

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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