Fukushima disaster area ~ Namie-mach, Ohkuma-machi
Namie-machi. The residents can go into this town during the day. But I don’t see people much. A big hall on the road is still there, and a destroyed house is also still there.
This house belongs to an old couple. They had so many cats, but they couldn’t go home for feeding. I rescued their relative’s cat. Then they asked me to protect their cats. Since then, I continued to visit their house for 2 years. I used their barn, but recently the birds or rats come into the barn through cat’s door. It became quite dirty.
They left a message when they came home.
“Dear volunteers. Thank you so much. There is so much bird droppings. I took out the food box. One is at west side.”
In this house, they made a shed in their yard. This saved their cat and also neighbor’s cat. I could see with sensor camera that cats are still there. This family is very cooperative and leave food sometimes.
An old lady in this house offered to allow us to use the dog house for cat feeding. Her cat has already been rescued. I want to change the plastic sheet, but there's never time. When she came home, she fastened the sheet with clothes pin. I was very glad for her touch of sweetness.
She almost gave up on going home. I told her not to give up. 1 year after the disaster, her cat Mie-chan was captured, and they can finally live together now. She was crying as she repeated, again and again, that her purpose in life is Mie-chan.
I wish everyone loved their cats like her, and was as cooperative as her, but honestly there are few like her. The abandoned cats are still there. They somehow find the food box in someone’s house and survive.
I have to protect them.