Winter in Fukushima…no swan…

February 7, 2015
Winter in Fukushima…no swan…

Winter in Fukushima.
A volunteer in Iidate-mura said that there’s not much snow at Hama-dori, which normally gets heavy snow a few times a year.

Cooperative rescue activity from February 3 was quite a struggle.
Before going into the 20km area of Okuma and Futaba, we went to Naraha and Tomioka, where we do TNR with CAPIN. (http://www.capinew.jp/)


This resident requested that we find a dog and a cat.
We found a dog but not yet an old cat.
They still believe the cat will come home, and leave the door open.
Normally I park the car in front of the house, but I was worried about the car getting stuck in the snow.
So I carried food and water by hand. It takes more time.


This is a small feeding box which I asked a carpenter to make with scrap wood.
8kg of dry food can be stored.


Carry this, try not to fall to the ground.


Then the next house.
It is scary walking the downhill slope.
Do not slip…


This is a house to which another volunteer usually goes.
But this time I go.
Decontamination is proceeding full scale in Tomioka.
There is a big animal trap.
I think this is for wild boar.






Tusnami area in Naraha.
There were many swans in this place until last year.


They will certainly came again.


But they can’t have a rest in this storage area full of the decontamination material.


I am so sorry, swans.
I hope you find a nice place to rest.





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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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