June 7, 2011

Heading to Fukushima to catch and rescue the abandoned animals

With 20 cat crates and a ton of dog and cat food as usual, we’re going to Fukushima today. The main purpose is to catch and rescue the cats, and also to leave food for the dogs and cats still left there. Since we’ve put in a lot of efforts into rescuing dogs in the past, we’re focusing on the cats this time. They are elusive and so hard to catch, and it’s agonizing knowing their fate if we are not able to rescue them out of the cordoned off areas.



We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to those who sent us goods and supplies; crates, food, treats, milk for puppies and kittens, cat litter, flea meds, and many more items. They are extremely important to our rescue efforts.

There already are many cats being cared for in a commercial pet care facility in Fukushima that we rescued at the request of their displaced owners. The owners said they were afraid many cats became pregnant while they were loose, since most were not spayed or neutered.

We must hurry…but there are so many urgent matters to take care of. Frankly I’m at a loss to determine what to take on first. As an emergency measure, we’re discussing a possibility of sending a team of veterinarians to Fukushima for spay and neuter surgeries, and for vaccinations including rabies and heart worms.

Even though we have caught and rescued many cats so far, there are still so many out there. Once the strict “no entrance” rule (due to the radiation danger) was imposed, the cats still left in the area would perish from starvation. Knowing this as the sure and horrific scenario, I was determined to go back there to rescue as many cats as I could as long as I am physically able to do so.





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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