Fukushima, in the 20km area which became "impossible-to-return".

July 21st, 2013

Impossible-to-return area. I'm wondering if they can go home someday.



A town with no one in it looks unreal, like something out of a book. This is a town populated only by animals, no people. One day a big accident, the next day a deserted town.

Birds, big animals, small animals, all came and made an animal town. Cats that were living with people also have to live in this town. Who is strong?

Cats are relatively weak. They were able to survive with food from people, which comes once or twice in a month.


When I go back to my car, the plastic food bag is on the ground. “Did I drop it?” No. The crows were watching, and they pulled it out from the car.


There is a place near the ocean. Someone apparently saw cats, and they keep bringing food. It takes some time to get there, as well as being problematic, even risky. It seems to be a forlorn part of an off-limits area.

Can we give up if it is difficult place to go? The volunteers are from a different party, or independent. But our thoughts are the same. They still keep going there.

My duty is to protect all the cats in that place. I can’t abandon them in a place where no people go. We captured so many cats from that place with other volunteers. Still some cats are found and we continue to capture them.

Before Winter comes, before the road is closed by snow, I want to rescue all of them.

Is there anyone who can receive a cat from that place even temporarily? I appreciate your consideration.

Cat came in?

It was a raccoon dog pup. I hope it doesn’t get scabies.

This is a big rat. Rats come into the capture cages more than cats.

A cat came in but she in in nursing. I had to release her for the kittens.

I wish Fukushima was much closer to Kawasaki.

I am sorry to complain. You cats are suffering silently, I have no excuse for whining. I will come again.


Volunteers are very important for saving cats in Fukushima in the 20km area. Their results are so valuable. Your support is certainly saving lives. I see it in these, over 2 years after the nuclear power plant accident. I appreciate so much if you can support our activity.

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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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