Rescue activity in Fukushima

January 10th, 2012

I saw too many pets in the off-limits area between December 20 and 27, 2011. We couldn’t rescue them all, and we had to make very difficult decisions. The rescue activity with Yokohama Animal Family was for cats whose owners had commissioned us, and injured, weakened cats.

But still, there were too many cats. On the 4th day, we rescued over 50 cats. If we set the capture cage in the yard of an owner’s house, many cats went in, one after another. I imagine the cats in the off-limits area numbering over 5,000. The breeding season is coming soon. Struggling to reduce the number of ill-fated lives, we rescued as many cats as we could, for sterilization.

I expected this situation, so we prepared 2 more shelters in Fukushima, for 20 cats. 70 was really the limit for us. So after 70, I instructed to the staff to leave animals that were not for the owner’s commission. The 70th cat was captured in Okuma-machi near the nuclear plant. We couldn’t find the owner’s cat at the same place. We don’t know if we can come back or not. It was so difficult for the staff to leave that cat.

The cat in the off-limits area is thin. I saw 3 cats that had one arm tucked up into the collar. The collar had aggravated the skin, and give out a foul smell.

January 9-1



The cat goes into the capture cage with a last‐ditch effort. The weaker cats can’t stay in Fukushima, so we brought them on to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Our doctor urgently performed the operation, late into night.

We already have so many cats, but we prepared one room for Yokohama Animal Family’s shelter. This prevents us from doing the pet hotel business, by which we could otherwise earn funds. However, with your support, I founded TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital not for business, but for animal welfare,. I think we're doing the right thing. Considering the number of remaining lives at risk, 69 is very few. But uniting with Yokohama Animal Family, we got excellent results. Again, I thank you so much for all of your logistical support.

The rescued cats are now in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and our doctors and volunteers are taking care of their health. From now on, we have to find the owners, and host families. It will be a slow process. It would be great if you could keep supporting us with donations, cat food, and toilet sand. Also we always need volunteers to keep dogs and cats in a good environment. Thank you so much.


We need your help!
Your donation allows us to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can to help the abandoned animals in the off-limits area. We would greatly appreciate any help that you can give us.
Bank Name : Bank of Yokohama , Oshima Branch (Code 821)
Account No : Ordinary Account 1189874
Account Name : Inunekokyusainowa


If you want to support us in taking care of dogs and cats, please contact us!

テーマ : 保護活動
ジャンル : ペット





About Us

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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