Miserable condition of cats in Fukushima

April 6, 2014
Miserable condition of cats in Fukushima

April 4th in Fukushima.There was heavy rain.


This time, I wanted to set 4 capture cages around the Tsunami area in Naraha where I had seen some cats.
Then bring the food to other places in Naraha.

We gathered at 7:00am at Naraha point and loaded food, water and equipment.

Then went into the 20km area from the Tomioka checking point, as usual.


There was heavy rain.It was also hard for the guard.


This time, I also wanted to do TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) outside of the 20km area.
It is hard to do both inside and outside of the 20km area.
But if I know cats are there.....

So it was a full schedule, and I can’t write about all of it.
This time I'll report to you only about the results.

In the 20km area, we set 13 capture cages very quickly in Okuma, which is a planned nationalization area.
Then 2 capture cages very quickly in Futaba, also a planned nationalization area.
Then set 1 capture cage in Namie, where I really want to rescue.

Then leave the food, one by one, so fast.
The time flew by, and we collected all capture cages.

We rescued a tortoiseshell cat in Futaba.
In this place, Team Nakamura had previously rescued 3 female cats and 1 male cat.
I called Nakamura, said that I had rescued a tortoiseshell cat.
Fortunately Nakamura accepted this cat.

No people in the planned nationalization area in Okuma.


Next day, Nyanda Guard continues the activity.We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, leave today.

I wanted to rescue a thin cat that I saw 2 months ago around the Tsunami area in Naraha.But since then I haven't seen this cat.

But 2 cats came into the capture cage.

This is amazing!One of them, a tortoiseshell cat, had come into a capture cage before, but she was lactating at that time and I had to release her.After that I saw this cat, about a year ago, but since then I hadn’t seen her.She's alive!I brought food for her at the same place, and I really wanted to rescue her before she dies.She was not lactating this time.Good!!!


The houses around Tsunami area are still there,Some life living so hard there.


The house is completely changed.
I wonder if she was living in this house.



Returned to the Naraha base after feeding activity, rescued 3 cats in the 20km area.
Let’s take 15 cats that were captured for TNR outside of the 20km area.
Mostly female, because there are too many cats, and we’d better prioritize females.
hey released some cats to capture females.
Most of the females are pregnant.
I called TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and told them we would bring 15 cats.
I wanted to have the pregnant cats get the operation today.
I called another veterinarian who was taking a day off and asked him to come for the operation.
I feel very sorry for this, but given current circumstances, we have to make this kind of decision.

While we were loading the cats, a Fukushima resident brought a cat after making a one hour drive.
But this cat had already started childbirth, and already had 2 kittens.
I offered a cage, and suggested she be allowed to continue the birth in calm.
I could only say please, let her take care of her kittens until weaning, and then let’s find their new families.

This resident said that in Fukushima (not only Fukushima actually), sterilization by animal hospitals is not inexpensive, even if the citizen wants to do TNR.
Any way one thinks about it, there's really no good way to help at this point. If new life is born, they have to just leave it, or throw it away.
This is the horrible situation at present in Fukushima.
We Inuneko Kyusainowa always say that the sterilization for stray cats should be done by the authorities, as a public service.
I hope the situation will be changed to this as soon as possible.
If we could make it happen, there would be no killing of dogs and cats.
Even though it would be fairly simple, authorities still don’t do it.
It's so irritating, so frustrating.

This time, we explore the TNR area in Fukushima from inside the 20km area to all Fukushima prefecture.
We will accept 50 cats for sterilization free of charge.
I want to accept as many as possible, but as we continue this activity in the 20km area, it is difficult to accept all.
It's a hard situation to manage, but I have to manage, and take care of as much sterilization as possible.

We need volunteers to help with this activity.
We need at least 4 people to work together for rescue, transportation, sterilization, and of course we financial support.
It's too hard for only one person to do all that.

The transportation volunteer work just involves driving between Kawasaki and Fukushima, about 4 hours.
At least for now, Inuneko Kyusainowa pays for highway tolls and gas.
We can also offer our car.
Even just 1 time is fine.
Please think about it.
I certainly would appreciate any cooperation.

テーマ : 保護活動
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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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