☆Rescue activity in Fukushima, the area within 20km of the nuclear power plant. Naraha〜Tomioka〜Okuma

September 26, 2015
☆Rescue activity in Fukushima, the area within 20km of the nuclear power plant.

Whenever I go to Fukushima, I always stop by the Naraha base.
The evacuation order was lifted in Naraha, but I met only a few people, including decontamination workers.

Especially the tsunami area has changed a lot in these four and a half years.
There was a big house here.
Houses that collapsed due to the earthquake and tsunami were dismantled.
Most of this place became vacant.
After a few months it will be covered by weeds, and we won’t be able to imagine there were houses in this area.
Right after the disaster, we often saw thin, abandoned cats.
I remember it was hard to hide from the police cars.
We were feeding and setting the capture cages without light.
We rescued so many cats in this area, but we couldn’t find a brown tabby cat that was looking for one owner.
The resident dismantled the house and never came back.



Since gas stations started to open, it was so helpful for us.
It was so difficult to manage the gas.
One day, a person from the gas station gave me a cup of coffee and said we don’t see cats, but they are still in the houses.
He realized my purpose because I have so much cat food in the car.
So still now, I put clothes over the cat food to hide it, especially when I go into the 20km area.


I always go Naraha, Tomioka, and then Okuma.
We got a sensor cameras with your support, and we can set it in Tomioka, and see if cats are still there.




We rescued a cat that belongs to this house, and that cat is already living with the owner.
The owner offered to let us use their house for feeding other cats.
Since then, so many cats have been saved.
When Tomioka was a restricted area, there were so many police cars there.
We couldn’t stop the car, even for one minute.
In such a situation, I saw a brown tabby kitten run to the other side of the wall.
I can’t forget the moment when this kitten came into the capture cage.
It’s been four and a half years since the disaster.
Each place brings a lot of memories.

That time, we didn’t have enough space to take care of cats.
This brown tabby was named Tommy.
She doesn’t like humans, and her toilet behavior was pretty bad.
I thought it would be difficult to find a foster family.
But a couple who has been accepting suffering cats welcomed her.
I thank these people so much, so deeply, who offer love and acceptance to such cats.

They often give me reports.

September 21, 2015
Dear Yui,
It’s been a while.
Tommy is very friendly now.
Still she make toilet mistakes, but gets along with Fuku and Michiko, the other cats.
Especially with Fuku, it looks like they are lovers.
Tommy loves Sheva, and is gluttonous.




Each life has emotion, and is irreplaceable.
I had an experience likely to shorten my natural term of existence in this rescue activity, but I am glad to rescue them.

There is only one life.
I continue to rescue them from suffering, and find their happiness.

Set the capture cage in Tomioka, and then go to Okuma.
This is the place where we released a tortoiseshell mother cat.
A volunteer took her picture.
It is difficult to see but she is in the middle of picture.
I wonder how her kittens are.
If we don’t see her kittens during this year, I am going to protect her.


Breathe deeply and then go through the barricade.





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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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