A cat has gone.

October 31st, 2011

A cat which I rescued on October 16th is dead after 10 days. She was only 1.5kg. This is too sad.



I want to report how I rescued her but I don’t have so many photos of the rescue. I don’t have that much time to take photos and if she runs away in fear of the camera, her life is over. The biggest priority matter is to put out the tasty food with good smell and prepare the capture cage quickly. If a police car comes, even one minute after, I can’t save her life. The boundary between life or death is happening in one moment.

It is difficult to describe how she appeared. We were driving in a narrow road of the field. Suddenly a very thin cat appeared. She was all skin and bone. If we stop the car right away, we can be found by the police easily from both sides of big road. But how we can leave? We stopped the car and opened the door. Then she stepped back. “Don’t go!” I quickly threw her the food. How long was she not eating. She jumped on to the food and ate like a vacuum cleaner. Her hunger was much more than her fear. We quickly set the capture cage. It took only 1 minute to get her into the cage.

We left this place quickly and hid behind a private house 200m ahead. Then we found another very thin cat.


All day long, we can’t relieve the tension like this.
Why do we have to hide?
Why it is not forgiven to rescue them?
Every place where we left food is empty. The cat that we are feeding with the owner’s request is getting thin. We want to come back again but I don’t know if we can come back again. Our government and administration doesn’t help us at all. If they don’t want to help us, please do not disturb us!

Whenever we go forward, find cat after cat after cat...... The time is limited and food is almost finished but again we find another cat. “Do we still have something?” “Yes one can.” Then again another cat. “Do we still have something?” “I have one piece of bread.”

Recently we are seeing so many kittens. I think they were born last spring after the disaster. They don’t have mother. They don’t know their mother. They are alone. I don’t think they can survive the winter.

I see so many insect legs in their feces. The 1.5kg cat was eating the food somehow and I expect she could make it. But doesn’t stop the diarrhea and doesn’t increase the weight. She used up all her strength in 10 days.

The starlit sky in Fukushima is so beautiful. I see those stars as lost lives. I am so sorry that I couldn’t save you. She must be someone’s cat and had a family.

Still more cats are waiting to be rescued. Waiting for the family. I beg you if you left your pets, please speak up loudly and find a way to go to pick them up.

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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