Tomioka, Fukushima

July 8, 2013
Tomioka, Fukushima

I have been visiting Tomioka for over 2 years since I had requests from the pet owners. We have found only half of the lost animals. We're still searching for the other half. It was difficult to set the capture cages in Tomioka. Visiting time was so limited. Our activity there was mainly leaving food, but anyway the results of that are still there. What's needed now is rescue, and finding owners and/or adopting families. Sterilization, at least, is necessary. There are still so many problems, but we have to go on. Here is a reprinting from the blog of Nekoneko Tomioka rescue team, which we collaborate with.



Yui-san directed us on a mission to do TNR on this Friday and Saturday. Otherwise more and more kittens will be born, only to die by starvation or crow attacks. On Friday night. Our collaborator S-san called me and said she set a capture cage at one feeding spot in Tomioka. I was so worried that a kitten might go into the capture cage and could be attacked by a wild boar or snake. On Saturday, 09:30AM Tomioka. We got up 4:00am and went to that feeding spot. Yes! A brown tabby and a black-and-white are safe in the cage!


I am sorry to scare you. This brown tubby seemed in the lactating, so we released it. She jumped out of the cage and ran away. Can we meet next time? We take back the black-and-white for sterilization.


Back to Naraha-machi to load the food. Then again we go to Tomioka.
AM11:00 Tomioka
One feeding spot. Again this damage......


Maybe by wild boar. We returned this dog house to it's original spot. It is almost noon and the temperature is going up. It is hot..... Tomioka rescue team goes to 11 feeding spots.


Put the water into the plastic bowl for cats. I'd love to just pour this water over my head.


Anyway it is so hot......just the sound of water tis nice.
Even that is wonderfully healing for me.


PM2:00 Naraha We finished feeding, and take back the capture cage. That black-and-white cat is very friendly, maybe it was house cat. It was captured near the rice mill. So how about giving it a name like Kometaro or Risotto? My partner said Paella. Yes Paella!


PM2:30 Naraha We had to go back to Tomioka in a hurry. We have only 30 minutes left!!! This is our 3rd time to go to Tomioka. PM4:30, When we were driving around Hirono-machi, Okame-san called and said we should bring Paella to CAPIN to do TNR, or find a host family. We were supposed to meet Yui-san at the interchange and pass the cat off to her there, but we got off the highway at Yatabe. We finished the duties today. Tomioka rescue party will do our best next week as well.


Bonus photo

Bonus photo no.2

This is near a station on the Jyoban train line. I hope someday the train runs on this line again, when lovely, peaceful days return.

テーマ : 保護活動
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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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