Fukushima disaster area ~ Namie-mach, Ohkuma-machi

August 1st, 2013

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.

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット





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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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