Rescue activity in Fukushima in January

Rescue activity in Fukushima in January

January 16th is the day I had suffered a cerebral infarction. The disaster happened in the hospital during my rehabilitation. I can’t find right word to express the difficulties of this past year. I'm thankful for continuing life. I thank the people who have been supporting me. I will never forget this generosity, and will devote the rest of my life to helping animals.

Akiko Yui


Katsurao-mura in Fukushima in January

Not so much snow on the road but there is some snow remaining in the shade. Photo 116-1 Photo116-2 A cat stayed put. We gave it a can of food and left some dried food in a place that won’t be a problem for the neighbors.


2 dogs about which the volunteers are worried. There was some food and water. We supplemented the supply with some more.



At the end of the last year, the rescue party was formally permitted to go into the off-limits area for rescue operations. We cooperated with Yokohama Animal Family, and some volunteers in Kanagawa prefecture, for rescue activity.



Time = Life.
The time was limited. Day after day, there was desperate activity.



Miyakoji-mura in Fukushima in January

There is a family who is not evacuating in Miyakoji-mura. They were pleased to show us the dog house which had been prepared by a volunteer. The cats come to this house for the food. We gave food to them.


A dog who always runs away to the hill at the back. There was some food and water already there. We left some snacks.


I have been worried about a dog. It's skinny, and loosing hair. This time we saw a puppy was maybe 4 or 5 months old. This puppy is so fearful. It was born after the disaster, after people left. Must be frightened. We left some food, water and a blanket. We got a call from the owner on January 7th. 4 puppies were born but we could see only one. They don’t know what to do with this puppy. We have obtained permission from the owner to rescue this puppy and it's mother.


Later on January 21st, a volunteer reported that they had been rescued.
The mother dog likes people, but the puppy is skittish. We have to use the capture cage. We made an appointment with the owner at their house, but we couldn’t see their dog. During a visit 3 days ago, the owner didn't allow volunteers to see them. There was a dog's skull from before.


We felt some anxiety, but we found them after we drove for 10 minutes!


We caught the puppy as well.


We brought them directly to the animal hospital, and then I brought them with me.


The owner can’t keep the puppy. We will find a host family after the puppy gets used to living with people. When the mother dog gets back the strength, she will be sterilized. After that, the owner will keep her in their temporary house. But there is still some anxiety.


The dawn in Fukushima is minus 8 degrees. We had left 100 kg of dried food, and plenty of water, around the damaged area by the tsunami. When we came back this time, all the food was gone. The reason is crows. When/if we can get the owner’s request to rescue, we can use their shed, or we can leave an automatic food dispensing machine. But we can’t leave the food there without the permission, and crows are sly, ingenious competitors. It had been full of food, but was now empty. This is a terrible situation for the cats.

We found cats one by one, amidst the rubble, or on the road. We tried to find places safe from the rain, and left the food there. We hope the cats that had run away into the grove will come back and find the food. We left silver- vine powder, (herb with an effect similar to catnip), around the food.

We found a white tabby cat. He/she looks frightened. Must be very hungry but can’t move.


We saw some stark reality in this place as well. It is too sad but I dare to put this photo.


When they get weak, the other animals may eat them. I regret so much that I couldn't come sooner….. A place out of the rain where someone left food. We left plenty of food and water there. We also made a sleeping box with blanket.


I want to rescue all of them but unfortunately ability is limited. I have been looking for a place for a new animal shelter, but it is so expensive in Kawasaki. I can’t easily decide.

I stopped by Fukushima Tamagawa. There are so many relief goods, and they are so pleased at this support. As they are receiving more cats day by day, they wish for a new toilet as well. There are so many people supporting Kawasaki and Fukushima. I am so grateful.


It is only due to the efforts and support of so many people that we can continue this activity. But this rescue activity never ends. I feel stress just continuing to bring the food for the abandoned pets sometimes. I imagine the burden of individual people. It's sad to feel the lack of consciousness concerning our country’s animal welfare.

We have to think of strategies for the long term. For example, when pet food products are disposed of due to packaging damage or change, could the company donate such food? I can’t find the time for this type of inquiry, but if you have any information, please contact us. Even one time offers would be deeply welcomed.

Our abilities are very limited, but we never forget your efforts, which help to realize our activity. We thank you all deeply for this ongoing support

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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