Fukushima, Namie-machi, where pretty flowers bloom.

June 10, 2014
Fukushima, Namie-machi, where pretty flowers bloom.

After we set the capture cage in Okuma-machi and Futaba-machi, we go to Namie-machi.
As we don’t have very much time, we can’t set many capture cages.
But we have to set them by 11:00pm at some places where we have particular concerns. It is a short time frame, and difficult to get cats into the cage.
Then we go to leave the food.


The water, which we load at Naraha point, gets used up at Okuma and Futaba.
But in Namie, a resident offers to let us use their well water.


We always put at least 2 water bowls at each point, but they become empty so quickly.
So we try to set them such that they can catch water drops.

Rainwater collects here, and it is holy water.
But also mud collects.
It is difficult to clean completely, but I tried to take out the dirty water.
If heavy rain comes later, that will wash it out.


I want them to drink clean water.


Tiny pretty flowers are so tender.





I posted a photo of this landscape last year too.


There is a barricade a few dozen meters ahead and from there, it is the “impossible return area”


The older residents said to me that they want to go home.
I don’t know how I should respond, and it’s difficult to continue the conversation.


There are very few volunteers now.
We try to rotate, but whenever I go, the food boxes are empty.


No time to talk.
Just fill the food in the food box.
If there’s not enough food, we use some which we stored in a resident’s storage place.


If the water has run out, again we use a resident’s well water.
No time to rest and eat.
We do what we can do.
At last, we take back the capture cages and leave by the check point.
Then we drive to Tomioka and Naraha to see if there are any cats there. It’s the usual circular course.
Then we meet other fellows at Naraha point.


We finish today’s work safely.
Thank you so much everyone.
Next activity on the 13th and 14th, I receive some kittens from 3.11 Rescue, and I am going to find foster families for them in Kanto.





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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.

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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.
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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