Progress Report of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) from April 17 to 20.

Progress Report of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) from April 17 to 20.

Reprint from the website of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) .
http://cdca.jp/katudou.html

The Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) has been working in Kumamoto since the earthquake occurred.

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On April 17.
Still there are no cages or houses in the shelter for residents that evacuated together with their pets.
Please contact me if anyone, or any association, can offer and/or bring them to the shelter.
We don’t have enough volunteers.
I would appreciate so much if any animal welfare association can consider this.

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On April 17.
We asked the shelters to make some space to receive food for dogs and cats.
2 shelters agreed.
I’ll keep asking other shelters.
Someone offered to lend us their space to receive relief supplies.
We discussed the details, and recruited a volunteer who can transport it.
We consult about dogs and cats in the shelter.
We check their health, exchange information with cooperative associations, and check and investigate information on missing animals.
We set the capture cages for cats.

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The people who had to evacuate due to the danger of aftershocks.

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Tiny lives in this kind of unusual situation can only rely on their owners.

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An owner holds a tiny life.

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If you are suddenly in the middle of such situation, what would your mental condition be like?

So many families and their pets lost their houses.
There is little support to lead them to relief.

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So many cats can’t evacuate with their owners because of the lack of cages in the shelter.
So many cats panic, and get turned out to the street.
Cats may stay close to their house.

But even when their owners call them, many fail to appear, or respond by running away. It is better to set the capture cage, as they are hungry, but I don’t see anyone doing that.

We, CDCA, could bring only a few capture cages by plane.
I don’t know why the authority in Kumamoto doesn’t get any capture cages in such an emergency situation.
The owners are worried about their missing cats.
I don’t know why they don’t get capture cages and provide advise from a veterinarian association.
When people suffer, the animal also suffers.
It is not only dogs and cats but other animals.
They need water and food just like humans.

Even Through the night CDCA set a few capture cages to respond owner’s requests.

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Things are scattered, but cats are probably frightened, and hiding somewhere close.
We pray the owner’s wish comes true, and move to another place to do whatever we can do.

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The disaster is here.
We need manpower.
                
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On April 18.
In the shelter of multi-purpose Gymnasium, 29 dogs and 4 cats.

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In the shelter, I could meet the authorities, experts, and other animal welfare associations.
They may have to live in the shelters for a long time.
Let’s make a good shelter, comfortable enough for elderly people, children, and animals.
What we should do for it?
In consideration of the public health, divide the space for animal companions and others, set up a tent house for the animals that can’t stay inside, and then children can join in taking care of them.
Let’s make a shelter that can be a good example.

After all, if the authorities become motivated, we can realise it.

The telephone keeps ringing all the time.
Please let me give priority to the emergency issues, like arranging the relief supplies and recruiting the transport volunteers.
I hope for your understanding while we concentrate on rescuing animals during my stay.

So many cats are missing.
Cats are so hungry now, and get sick from hunger.
Please leave dry food and water at places where it won’t be found by crows, and and that are safe from building collapse.

We still can’t find capture cages, and it’s difficult to capture cats.
It will take time.
Food and water is essential.
Please do not give up.
Please also post flyers with photos and information.
This will raise the probability of a good outcome.

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On April 19.
Issues concerning humans and animals in the shelter.

They lost their house.
This causes severe stress to humans and animals, both physically and mentally.
We can imagine what kind of issues arise in the shelter since the disaster.
As nationwide, prior disaster training here is important, and the staff for the shelter has to have sufficient knowledge of appropriate processes, to help things go smoothly for people who evacuate with pets.

Shelter for people, and shelter and housing (cage), for animals.
All prefectures should have stockpiles of these, and should be ready to lend them for immediate use.

If animal welfare associations or volunteers from afar can’t find the cages and capture cages, the residents can’t go to the shelters, and this increases the number of animals sacrificed and missing.

Above all, it is important to arrange for places, other than shelters, that can accept animals in an emergency.

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On April 20.
Protecting missing cats and adoption/transfer activities and consultation.

Our best efforts are made to do rescue activity from early morning to midnight.
In some shelters, they don’t divide the people who have pets from others.
So some people complain, and dogs have to stay outside.

There needs to be someone among the authorities who has knowledge about such situations.
But now we consult with owners who let their dog out from the shelter, and manage cages or transport to places that can take in animals.

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We are trying to protect so many missing cats with our a few capture cages.
We protected few compared with the numbers of missing, but the owners who found their pets are so relieved.

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It is so irritating, but I have to go to Iidate, Fukushima, the afflicted area of Great East Japan Earthquake, on weekends, to rescue abandoned dogs and cats.

I really wish experienced volunteers could go to Kumamoto.
Now so many cats can be rescued.

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On April 22
Heavy rain warning, heavy rain and strong wind.
There are so many search requests for missing cats.
Is there anyone who can join with the rescue activity for the owners?

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It is heavy rain in Kumamoto.
It is so hard to live in cars and the shelters.
And missing cats are…

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I had a call.
All cats ran away from this home when the earthquake occurred.
This owner was so worried about their cats.
One cat, 1 year old, came back the next day, and looked fine.
But today, this cat died suddenly.
The owner is so depressed.
She hurried to the animal hospital though.
So much stress, to animals also.
I am really sorry.
What we can do is to help to find other cats.
I want to get them back.

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Are there any volunteers who live near Kumamoto and could join with our rescue activity for missing cats?
So many cats are missing.
We have to search widely, but it takes a lot of time, even for just a few places.
Is there anyone who can join with our rescue activity for the owner and their cats?

Hitomi Nishizawa
Representative Director
Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA)
TEL:090-3815-2924

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