Friday, 13 May 2011


May 14th, Iitate Village Animal Rescue
Today was the third time that our volunteers went out to Iitate Village to rescue 23 cats that were hoarded.

The first time we brought back 13 cats, the second time 4 cats, and the third time 2 cats. We were able to rescue 19 cats. We wanted to rescue all 23 cats but could not rescue the remaining 4 cats. One of the cats that we rescued gave birth. I think it was 5 kittens. Our volunteers took good care of the mother cat and her kittens. The family that had hoarded 23 cats is planning to evacuate from this area by the 21st. We can’t leave any cats here. By next week, I’ll be able to go to this area myself and rescue as many as I possibly can.

We received a request to rescue animals in Ōkuma Town, located 15km away from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. We rescued three silky fowls.

On the last day that entry will be allowed into the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, we received several requests to rescue pets from this area. The requests were sent from pet owners who had evacuated from the evacuation zone. Because of the large amount of rescue requests that we received, towards the end we didn’t even have the time to call the pet owners to confirm. We hurried to print all the rescue requests that were sent in by email until the very last minute before heading out to rescue these animals. Our volunteers decided who was going to which location to rescue which animals so that we could act quickly as a team and rescue as many animals as we possibly could in the time given. At the end we all met back in one location.
Then we all realized that we had 3 silky fowls that we had rescued. We didn’t expect we would have silky fowls, but it’s great that we were able to rescue them.

I talked with the owner of these silky fowls. The owner told us that there were originally 4 of them. Unfortunately, one of our volunteers confirmed that one fowl was dead. This owner also had 2 cats and we were able to find one of these cats. But the cat didn’t enter the trap and we were unable to rescue the cat. This owner also had Koi fish. Unfortunately, we were only able to rescue 3 silky fowls out of all the pets that this owner had. The owner explained to us that it’s impossible for him to take care of the 3 fowls himself at the place where he had evacuated to. The owner asked us to find a new owner for the 3 fowls. Luckily, a resident of Fukushima agreed to adopt all 3 fowls together!

Before leaving Ōkuma Town, our volunteers left food for the remaining animals. The remaining animals are still living and breathing. If we are allowed entry into this area again, I believe that the chance of us successfully recuing the remaining animals is high. One elderly pet owner said in a sad voice that his body is so frail that he can’t make a brief visit to his home even if re-entry into the evacuation zone is allowed. He also said that his frail body makes it impossible for him to rescue his pet still in the evacuation zone.

I desperately want to rescue his pet. At the very least, I want our volunteers to be allowed to enter the 20km evacuation zone to feed the animals that are left. Our volunteers know where the animals are. If we are given even a small amount of time to be allowed entry, we can move quickly and help the animals that are left!!!
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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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