A cat in Okuma-machi, survived on rice

October 26, 2011

An old lady in Okuma-machi contacted me. She just returned home temporarily for her second time.

On her first return, she could bring only 3 bags of dried food for her cats. She opened and left all the foods in her house. But she was so worried about cats she didn’t know what to do. Then after a while, she found the information about pets rescue party from Okuma town office. She called me and said that she can’t bring all the cats but she wish we can give them the food.

The situation is hopeless in the no-entry zone in Fukushima. It can’t be helped but it’s difficult to reach the area. Why do we take such risks to save lives? What’s it all for? The duty of police is to catch the people who want to save lives. How could this country became such a poor country?

About this old lady. On her second return, she went with her friends by car. She bought 30,000 yen worth of cat food. Her reason to return home was only for her cats.

She called me again and said she was glad to see her cats even though they had become so thin. I asked her if some foods were still there or not. She said “They broke the bag of rice and ate it. They ran away and I couldn’t capture them. But I left all the food. I can’t leave them like this. Please advise me how I can recue them”.

The owners, animals, rescue party, everyone is suffering.


Dear Prime Minister Noda,

I have heard your speech that you were poor. However have you had the experience of having nothing to eat? We have so many things to learn from poor life. If you have experience of suffering from hunger, you will understand the cruelty to leave the life to die of starvation and you will understand the suffering and pain of others.

Please imagine what hunger is and what death is. Prime Minister Noda and other politicians, what would you think if this happened to yourself?


I will go to Fukushima again and again. I want to ask all of you to send your message to our government. Maybe you think that your message won’t change anything. But it is wrong. Your message has the energy to save the owners and their pets.

7 months past from the disaster. But still they are living and suffering to death.

Opinion board of the prime minister's official residence

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット





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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.

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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.
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