Happy Torako! Miraculous reencounter of a Fukushima cat after three and a half years.

August 26, 2014
Happy Torako!
Miraculous reencounter of a Fukushima cat after three and a half years.

Reprint from Ishikawa Animal Friends.

There are so many disasters in Japan, and whenever I saw the news, it broke my heart.
I hope there are no more victims in Hiroshima.

This is from the owner of Ryupan.
It’s been three and a half years since disaster.
Torako was found and protected safely.


This is a miracle.

The owner went home often but she had never seen Torako.
She thought Torako had already died.

But Torako is completely safe, no FIV and no Felv.
In Namie, pigs, wild boar, and crows broke the glass, and break into everything.
How can Torako have be survived?

In the media, they said the abandoned dogs and cats became feral.
But obviously not at all of them.
Torako was still Torako.


The owner said that Torako was the only one that wears a collar.
So this must be Torako.

When the owner called Torako, she answered and started to say something.
Generally cats forget easily, but this one, not at all.
Torako remembers everything.
The owner had hopes that another of her cats is also somehow surviving.

Torako was rescued because of the people who still continue to feed and rescue in Fukushima, like Inuneko Kyusainowa.


This is Kotori’s blog, where you can see how Torako was rescued.

This is also due to the help from everyone who supports efforts to rescue cats.
Thank you so much.

Torako is about 11 years old, and a sister of Russa, who I was taking care of.
Now she is with her owner in the temporary housing in Nihonmatsu.
She fawns on her family, and is very happy.
I hope another one, Aka, will be found soon.
We, Ishikawa Animal Friends, support Inuneko Kyusainowa.
Still there are so many cats that are waiting for rescue.
Please support Inuneko Kyusainowa.


Actually I was involved in a terrible accident.
I was shut in by the barricade.
Fukushima activity is unpredictable.
Last time, I couldn’t go in and this time, I couldn’t get out.
It is difficult to follow a plan.
The owner of Torako called me again and again.
But I was in a panic, and couldn’t answer the phone.
I am so sorry.

This is a small house which Torako’s owner made in their yard for cats.


Since March 11, 2011, the owner and I continued bringing food every month.
So many cats were found and protected.
After residents in Namie got the permission to go home during the day, this owner went home more often than before.
Maybe Torako felt it.

Kotori-san set the capture cage in Torako’s house.
Torako knows where she was living, and came home sometimes.

I don’t see any people in Namie, but there are cats.

I saw this cat again at the same place as before.
Maybe this house is where that cat was living.
This cat walks with shuffle.
This is so sad.
3.11 Rescue and Kotori care about this cat, but still we can’t capture it.



Please remember that there are still many cats living in desperation.
When they come home, there’s no one there.
Some cats are still roaming.
Please go there and find your children.





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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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