I came back from Fukushima with a cat found lying on the street.

May 16th, 2013

I always want to go back to Kawasaki within 24 hours. But as I need to sleep sometimes, it takes more time. I want to spend more time in Fukushima. But even if I leave kittens to the staff of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, I still take care of sick cats at my home, and must tend to toilets and food for other cats at home. If I spend more time, like at least 2 days, in Fukushima, I can rescue more cats. But it is difficult to ask someone to take care of so many of my cats.

This time also I couldn’t take more time to leave the capture cages. So I couldn’t capture any of them, even if I saw some cats. And I couldn’t go to all the feeding points.

This cat was lying on the street in Naraha-machi. Very thin and a bit dehydrated. I was worried he/she might not make it, but we arrived Kawasaki somehow. He/she seems around 4-5 years old, and about 1.4kg.

I hope he/she can survive.


The whole town started decontamination. I saw many cars and people. The cars look like they came from Hokkaido, Nagoya, Sasebo... Many people came from all over Japan for decontamination. Restoration of houses has begun.

But what can be done about these small lives? Can no one can hear their cries?





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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