Food is the product of love and tears.

May 4, 2015
Food is the product of love and tears.

Activity in Fukushima always involves trouble.
First of all, we need to get permission to go into Okuma and Futaba in the area within 20km from the nuclear power plant.
It took time to get the permission, and then we can only stay there for 5 hours.
If we stay over 5 hours, we may not get permission next time.

Our activity to rescue cats is not accepted by the authorities.
If we are caught by police, they could possibly cancel the permission.

We continue the activity, mindful of small creatures which have no words, but do feel pain and emotion.
We have to do this even though we are called the criminals.

This time was harder than usual.
We were depressed because there was not enough food.
But even so, we had to manage, and bring food for the cats.

I am sorry for the volunteers who will come to Namie on Sunday.
They’ll have to prepare so much food before they come to Fukushima.

I went there on Saturday.
I gathered as much food as possible in Kawasaki and brought it on Friday evening.
A resident in Naraha was worried, and she suggested using dog food.
I used dog food sometimes in the past.
Cats don’t like it so much, but in fact some cats grow up with dog food.

She gave us so much dog food.
I mixed it with cat food, and repacked it in the plastic bags.
Along with the food from the first day, I think they can survive until next time.

I managed to fill the food at all points.
I am sorry that I can’t give very much of it.


This is almost half the usual quantity, but it looks ok.


Managing the capture cages requires sensitivity,and can be nerve-wracking.
This time, we had to think carefully about the food, and were also frustrated with the police cars.
It was so hard to fight the time limit.

At the last point, a police car from Fukushima prefectural police came.
I was so tired, and couldn’t think.
I thought this is it.

But somehow I got out from the barricade.
I still needed to bring the food to Tomioka and Naraha, but the food ran out in Tomioka.

No food for Naraha.
I was thought about buying new food at a hardware store in Iwaki the next day, and returned to Naraha base.

The supporter’s food package has arrived!
So thankful!!
Thank you so much.
This package gave me courage to continue.
I don’t have time to be depressed.
I loaded this new food and went to the Naraha feeding point.
At last we could bring food to all feeding points.

If the food box runs out it will be empty till we go next time.
But there are cats that depend on this food box.
They don’t know when the food is coming, but will come to check the empty box today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

I just want them to be able eat.
Thank you so much for your support.

This is a food box which Madao set in one resident’s yard.





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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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