Fukushima rescue activity with first-time volunteers.

February 18, 2015
Fukushima rescue activity with first-time volunteers.

The second day of cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima, a veteran volunteer, Sakura Mama, me, and a couple who join for the first time, go into the 20km area.
This is a hard area.
Sakura Mama takes care of the difficult area, and asomewhat distanced area.

I am with new volunteers.
It’s their first time, but I tell them about quite difficult matters.
I ask them whether they can continue this activity.
Also this is very hard activity, for body and mind, but they are ready to do it.
If they have over-optimistic thoughts about the process, it won’t be possible to do this.
So I tell them clearly about it.

But still they want to do it.
They are very good drivers.
They navigate arrow roads easily, on site, going back…

The first area is an Okuma mountain side.
I had so many protection requests in this area.
There are so many cats that we still can’t find.
We don’t have enough people and time.
Now we have to focus on the nationalization area.
But this day, new volunteers came with me.
I asked them to remember this point.
This is hard request for the new participants.

But if they could, we can also focus the protection in this area.
Then we can explore the area to Kumagawa and around Ono station, Ottozawa, to protect abandoned cats.

This is the first time for them.
So I go slower than usual, for them to remember the place, and set the capture cages.
I also give them the information about protection requests from residents.
We were 3 people, and we could clean 3 houses which had been damaged by rats and wild animals.

Check the first capture cage.
A thin kitten was in this one.
We set the food box on the shelf, or in a high place to avoid wild animals, but kittens can’t reach it.
We leave the food for kittens at a lower place, or make a small food box, and work out some ideas for those weak little lives.


Let’s call you “Benimaru”.
You must be so hungry everyday.
You must be so scared crow, of raccoon and wild boar.
You won’t have to worry from now.


Then let’s go to the nationalization area.
There is the sea already.


How long they wander to look for food in a such place without houses.
Whenever we set the capture cages, we protect cats, again and again, and still now it continues.



This capture cage was set yesterday by another volunteer.


Let’s call you “Cho san”.
Now we protect more male cats.
Male cats are bigger and stronger than females, and can survive.
Let’s get out!


With the new volunteers, I didn’t have to hurry as usual. We set the capture cages, and also clean the houses.
Thank you so much.
We protected 3 cats this day.

But then after that….the weather became so bad….





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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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