Approval may be granted for the animal protection organization to go into the off-limits area for rescue work. Are thousands of cats and dogs still in the area? (Sankei news)

November 29th, 2011

The Japanese government, and Fukushima prefecture, will accept an application from our non-government animal rescue mission to go into the prohibited area for rescue work. This is to save the pets abandoned within the contaminated danger zone, a 20km-radius area around Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The administration has not yet approved the private animal rescue mission's plan to work within the prohibited zone. There have been some problems, friction between the administration and the rescue mission, which lacked permission to go in. This application procedure is meant to avoid more trouble, and aims at efficient rescue.

The Ministry of the Environment says there were about 5800 dogs in the off-limit zone before the disaster. There is no registering system for cats, so their numbers are not clearly known. Rescue activity has also been done by the administration, but they helped only 356 dogs, and 220 cats. Some pets were saved by their owners, and some were saved by private animal rescue missions before the off-limit area was set up on April 22nd . But it seems that thousands of abandoned pets are still there.

The rescue volunteer in charge of Fukushima prefecture said that when pets hide in the house, it is difficult to make the decision to go in. Also the private rescue mission has occasionally had trouble with police, or bumped up against activities by the authorities. For example, pets were rescued from traps set by the administration.

The animal shelter in Fukushima prefecture is almost full. Winter has come, and we fear that cold and hunger may claim the lives of many beloved pets. The good news is that the Japanese government, and Fukushima prefecture, will give permission to the private animal mission if they meet certain conditions, including: having requests from owners, assuring availability of animal shelters, non-interference with activities of the administration, and submission of a plan for rescue. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are much encouraged by this epoch-making decision for the pets, which, while barely surviving, probably long more than anything else to reunite with their families.

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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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