Cats around Iwaki Chuo Interchange – capture and TNR.
In mid-September, I went to Naraha-machi. We have to get gas before we go onto the highway. Otherwise we have to wait till next morning for the gas stations to open. We usually get gas at Tomobe, but we forgot, and passed it. So we drove down to the Iwaki Chuo Interchange and stopped at the closest 24 hour gas station. Filled up on gas, and started the engine......then I found a kitten in front of the gas station.
Actually there were 2 kittens and mother, all brown tabby. When I took out the food, they came closer. I told the people in this gas station that I want to protect these cats. Otherwise they will multiply, and living wild near the highway is quite dangerous. I got their understanding. I will come back after the activity in afflicted area.
My activity in Fukushima this time was 2 days in off-limits areas and Naraha-machi. So another volunteer went to this gas station. But before I went into the off-limits area, I stopped by this place.
I couldn’t find the 3 brown tabbies, but 4 other kittens were behind the gas station. They were going to eat the carcass of baby mole. It seems they got food sometimes, from someone, but maybe not enough.
Here is some food.
I told the gas station that a volunteer will come tomorrow and set the capture cage.
The result from this gas station was 3 kittens, 2 black and 1 gray stripes. Remaining 1 brown tubby didn’t show up. I am very worried about the one left. I want to go back as soon as possible but can’t find the time. Also 1 female adult cat was in the capture cage in this place. I can’t decide yet if I take her back after the sterilization or keep her.
We also couldn’t find that mother and 2 kittens. I'll try to find them again. Last time it was dark, and we couldn’t see anything around the gas station. But this time, during the day, I could see some houses behind. Maybe they come and go from this area. But the problem is that they have not been sterilized.
TNR or capture activity is not so easy all the way up in Fukushima, so far from Tokyo. As I don’t have very much time, it is a headache for me. But I know I have to go again several times.