Came back from Fukushima Ⅲ

The latest rescue activity in Fukushima was on April 4th and 5th. Thank you so much for your support and cooperation. So many things happened. Some of them were shocking. But we do what we can, as much as we can, even in hard situations.

On April 3rd, the day before we left, I had a phone call from the fellows for rescue activity in Fukushima. Someone found a blind brown tabby cat. The characteristics were similar to those of a house-cat who has been searched for by the owner.

This cat was found in a building along the route-6, which is busy road, and far from the owner’s house. If someone isn't concerned about the abandoned animals, it is difficult to find.

“We have been looking for this cat for so long, by the owner’s request. Ms.Yui, can you go there?”

There are procedures necessary for obtaining permission to go into the off-limits area. Coincidentally, we were preparing to go to the off-limits area when I got this call. A voice of the god of animals said to me, “This is your mission”.

Right now, the cat's location is certain, but I will go there 2 days later. I prayed “Do not move, wait for me.”

The schedule of activity in the off-limits area is so tight. We have so many objectives, and must try to do everything. For that we make a detailed plan; how to move, how to work, to get good results. Life is always our top priority.

This brown tabby cat’s name is Tora-kun. We have to find him in 2 days. We prepared 4 capture cages with food.

When we got to the place, the police cars were coming and going quite often. There were no places to park that would be hidden from police cars. We have to make sure there are none around us.

I reckoned we have 1 minute. To decide the parking position is 5 seconds. To check the cat's location, 10 seconds. To decide where we set the capture cage, 10 seconds. We must set the capture cage within 30 seconds. It was a very gusty day. The strong wind sometimes shut the gate of the capture cage. Also, sometimes the cat doesn’t come out. The smell of food doesn’t reach the cat. I wrote a message on a scrap of paper, as we will pick up this cage later. It all took just 1 minute.

Quickly, we left this place. I was slow, as usual, but the other volunteer was quick like a Ninja.

Then we tried to capture 3 other cats, by the owner’s request. This owner’s house is one hundred meters beyond, to the east. There was some food, left by volunteers. We set the capture cage and the automatic food machine. The owner kindly allowed us to leave the gathered rubbish on their property . This makes us easy to gather the rubbish later.

We tried to check up on Tora-kun. But the capture cage was empty.

“There!” the volunteer said. “I saw Tora-kun” It must be Tora-kun!”. Ninjya volunteers have very good eyes. It's always the volunteers that spot cats from a moving car.

We went to Namie-machi to leave food, and to collect the rubbish at every point. We gathered all rubbish at the site of one resident who had offered to store it. Thank you so much.

We went in the direction of Futaba-machi, where Tora-kun is, while giving out the food. We slowed down the car and found Tora-kun in the building. It was still gusty, so we were worried that he might not come out from the building. Then we went to check the capture cage in the owner’s house. There was a cute brown tabby in the cage.

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After that we kept setting the capture cages, and captured 3 cats. But this owner’s cats are 2 calicos and 1 white. So none of the three belong to this owner. Looking carefully at these cats, a brown tubby and a black cat seem to have been born after the disaster. That means they're not familiar with humans. I am wondering if they are tamed or not.

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Then back to Tora-kun. Unfortunately, he was not in the cage. I wish we could have more time. If we had more time, we could set the capture cage in a better place, avoid the wind.

We can’t behave openly while we set the capture cage. We don't want to be caught by police. Just in case, we went by 2 cars though. The time to leave from the off-limits area has already passed. But we can’t lose this chance to help Tora-kun. He may not be here tomorrow. Our time's up. So we decided to stay in Futaba-machi to hide ourselves. I think it is waste of time for police to arrest an animal rescue party like us. They’d do better to arrest thieves. One house from which we had a rescue request changed the window, but it was broken again.......

Finally our wish was realized, and Tora-kun came into the capture cage. Thank you, Tora-kun. The owner never gave up finding him, and the volunteer continued supporting the owner's search. Humans can help the animals. We can save life, if we can cooperate.

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I put the baked bonito and the powder of silvervine in the capture cage for Tora-kun. He is blind and depends on his sense of smell. This baked bonito is donated goods. It is expensive, good stuff. Thank you so much for your support. We saved Tora-kun because of your support.

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Tora-kun was transferred to Kawasaki, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. We observed him in the pet hotel in Fukushima but he was not well. After the discussion with the owner and the supporting volunteer, we decided to look after him in our hospital. He is 5 years old, still young. If he gets over the dehydration and gets back his appetite, he can recover soon. We will bring him back to Fukushima after he gets back his health, takes the vaccine, and undergoes castration.

I thank you so much for your cooperation. I will report to you again about Tora-kun.

It has been difficult to report about the activity in off-limits area as we have so many things to do. We could report only to the owners and the volunteers. If the details have not been transmitted, I apologize to people who have been concerned.

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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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