Feeding activity in Fukushima, April

Feeding activity in Fukushima, April

Pear blossoms in the "impossible-to-return" area.




Such a beautiful town, with such lovely Spring flowers, but no people at all.

A hungry cat runs away.



This flyer was posted by a resident. It is kind and generous to think about the lives of pets other than just their own. We can’t leave food or set capture cages without permission.



~Translation ~
To animal rescue volunteers: Thank you so much for your activities. Our 6 cats and 1 dog were rescued. We are deeply grateful. The cats currently staying in our yard are stray cats and/or neighbors’ cats. If you have enough food, we would appreciate if you could leave some in our barn. We'll be glad if even just one little life can be saved.

However it's also difficult to keep coming to places like this. Our protection activity is done in hiding, so we can’t move freely while waiting for cats to come into the capture cage. We must hide, and wait. Camellia in full glory


This beautiful flower heals me. But at my feet, there are hungry lives and dead bodies. The hungry cats are attracted by the smell of food, and come closer. But its back is so skinny. Some of them are nursing. Even a starving mother cat has to provide milk for her young. How they must have suffered.



There was one kitten. Only one survived?




I went back to the same place, but I couldn’t find the brothers and sisters.

Move to Futaba-machi. This town is still an off-limits area. This kitten was also alone. It seems about 4 months old.


It was so skinny. After the treatment in TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital, he/she has gone.

If we could have protected them a little sooner, we could have found a host family, and made a happier future. I am too frustrated, no words.

There was a stormy day in April when I went to Fukushima.


At first, I brought the stock of food to the residents in Tomioka who cooperate with us. This food is from your support. Thank you so much.


Actually the rainy day is a good chance to clean, especially the birds’ droppings. We can’t use the drinking water for cleaning, but can use the rainwater. Now we can go into Tomioka. So we can start to clean little by little.

However I can't stop thinking; what am I doing, coming all the way from Kawasaki to Fukushima.




This storm was quite big. My hat is blown away, my rain coat is very thin, and my clothes soaked in water and swollen to 3 times their normal size. The seat of the car was soaked......
And there is no end in sight.......





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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