Leave all to us.

March 28, 2014
Leave all to us.

This is the reprint from CAPIN activity report.

We get phone calls very often.
“Can you accept a dog?”
“A cat is abandoned. Can I give it to the shelter?”
“Please help.”

We also receive e-mails and faxes.
Normal people have problems.
They cry out for help, but there are no organizations and systems to help abandoned pets in this country.

If we must refuse it, they say;
“Then I'll bring it to the welfare center.”
“Then I have to kill it.”
Confronted with such threatening words, we have to face difficult choices.

The national and local governments don’t take responsibility for stray dogs and stray cats.
If the owner doesn’t come, they are killed in the animal welfare center after just a few days.
This is the solution of the government.
They said that disposition means not only killing but transfer.
But the overwhelming majority is killed.

If non-official organizations like us don’t protect them, they go to the animal welfare center, and are killed in a few days.

But we also have various problems, like lack of workers, space, and money, and we can’t accept them all.
Of course we want to help all of them, but if we can’t continue our activity, our dogs and cats in the shelter wouldn’t have any place to go, and they would be killed too.
That would mean transfer to the animal welfare center.

In fact, the dogs and cats that were rescued by our board of governors from Tsukuba city, riverbank of Senko Hanabi afflicted area, don’t have any place to go if we have to close the shelter.
We don’t know if someone will share this responsibility, or someone would offer emergency rescue.

If the representative dies, all those dogs and cats will be killed.
This is the reality of typical animal shelters.

It's place to deal with life, and it's necessary to take care of them every day.
We have to feed them, go for walks, clean, and play with them.
The dogs and cats await our care.
We manage the shelter together even if we also have to care for parents or children, have work, or get sick, we can’t just stop.

Slowly we lose volunteers.
Any job is difficult to continue, but the animal shelter simply must continue.
Because we take responsibility for life.

This is a fact, that we deal with living things and life.
This is not just working with material objects.
The responsibility is heavy, and there are so many difficulties.

The shelter is necessary to help them.
It is also a base for information exchange.
We will continue the shelter, despite the difficulties.

The physical labor is hard, but more than that, this work is emotionally so heavy.
We have chosen to face the fate of these dogs and cats..

Sadly there are some people who force the responsibility onto us.

“You have to accept them because you have a shelter.”
“They will help if you call them.”
“They have enough money.”
“They're getting donations. So they have to pay the medical expense for dogs and cats that were rescued by individual volunteers.”

It's not only the local government, police and general people.
Even self-styled volunteers leave the responsibility to us.

We have duties as volunteers.
There are so many troubles that after the rescue, they leave dogs and cats to someone to care for without paying medical expenses.
Among volunteers, we don’t neglect responsibility.
A person who rescues dogs and cats takes responsibility until finding a host family.
If a volunteer has to ask someone to take care of the dogs and cats, this volunteer has to pay the medical expenses, and participate in the adoption event, and then has to transfer the animal to the new family.

These are unspoken rules between volunteers who understand the difficulty.
This is to avoid problems like the neglect of responsibility by general people and the local government.

But still even among the volunteers, someone occasionally leaves the responsibility to others.
One volunteer offered to donate a cage and asked our address.
Then she left 2 cats in a carry bag.
We found it out because of a monitoring camera.

There are so many things that happen in this activity.
I am so sorry to talk about complaints.
What I'm trying to say is that the time has come to require public animal shelters.

Everyone wants to save dogs and cats.
No one, not the animal welfare centers, local governments, or police, want to kill dogs and cats.
It is shameful that the number killed is so high.
But there are no places to protect them.
No one knows how to find host families.
The medical expenses are a significant burden.

So everyone thinks organizations like ours, which have tools and know-how, can help free of charge.

We need to change the situation, as NGOs don’t have any support from local government, and have to manage with whatever donation we can muster up, making up for shortfalls with money out of our own pockets.

At least, I think, it should be ok to pay for the rent of the shelters, vaccinations, and sterilization, from tax.
There is high public interest.
This is why many people ask us to help.

For example, someone in Furukawa city asked us for urgent rescue, but finally they left us all their problems.
When we got a call, we asked Mofuna-san to check it out.Mofuna-san saw a real need for help, this dog needed urgent protection.
But no one would take responsibility for the necessary medical treatment and care after the rescue.
Nonetheless, she said let’s protect this dog. I will handle it somehow.
Alas, I understood how she felt.

The person who called can’t pay any of the fees, and can’t come to the shelter as a volunteer.
Unfortunately this person didn’t use even a little of their own time and energy in assistance.
This person just wanted help.
If the choice is to help or abandon, there's no choice other than offering assistance.

This forces us to act like some kind of animal police.
But why did the neighbors ignore the problem?
Why didn't the animal welfare center offer guidance before the situation got worse?
The owner abandoned responsibility.
This dog had to stay in the hospital, and have an operation.
It had not been taken for a walk in 5 years, and was emaciated, with so many tumors.
It cost over 100,000 yen for the examination and operation.
There is another tumor in it's belly.
It might undergo another operation after getting back it's strength.

This dog got out of the hospital on 20th, and Mofuna-san is, for the time being, taking care of it in her house.
His name of Jack. He's under medical care.
He enjoys going for walks, a pleasure that he hadn’t had in 5 years.
Following the rescue is a long road to recovery.
There are so many difficulties.
Bred thoughtlessly, kept carelessly, animals will be born to suffer. Irresponsibility should not be allowed.
In Ibaraki prefecture, many owners don’t go for walks with their dogs, and leave them in the cages without water.
Ibaraki is the worst prefecture in regard to killing dogs and cats.
Dogs and cats that must live in such places suffer greatly.
So do the volunteers who take on those difficulties.
Dogs and cats don’t have any words to complain.
But I do.
So please forgive me for starting the morning with complaints about such a heavy matter.

By Okame.

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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