This is from Circle of dog/cat rescue.
January 16, 2014
Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies has received donations of about 700,000,000 yen. 200,000,000 yen hasn't been used yet.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, we at Inuneko Kyusainowa cooperated with individual volunteers for the rescue and TNR of dogs and cats that were abandoned around Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant, and impossible-to-return areas.
Still now, afflicted animals that were separated from their families remain there.
If we can't do the sterilization for them, they breed one after another, and lives will be born into misery, as noted in the following article by the Asahi Newspaper.
But many places are difficult to go into. This should primarily be done by the government as a public undertaking, shouldn’t it?
Inuneko Kyusainowa is going to demand of the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies that they use this 200,000,000 yen for rescue and TNR activity for dogs and cats around the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Last year, they reported that they invested the donation and took a loss.
I will send the letter of demands as soon as possible.
If you agree, please send your own letter to them too.
I will report to you about it again later.
From Asahi Newspaper
Feral cats are increasing. Relief is inadequate.
It’s been almost 3 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Still now, there are many dogs and cats that lost their families, wandering from place to place.
Many of them were born after the disaster.
The humane society has been doing sterilization to avoid the expansion of this tragedy.
But as they can’t use public donations, it is financially difficult.
Veterinarian Fumie Endo, (50), from Shizuoka, arrived at Spay Fukushima clinic in Shirakawa city in Fukushima on Saturday evening.
She gave anesthetic to 3 cats, and performed the sterilizations.
It takes a few minutes for one male kitten.
But if it is pregnant female, it takes over 20 minutes.
She continued the operation for 2 and a half hours, and then finally she had a drink.
“I can’t be with them all the time. So I want to do what I can thoroughly” she said.
She has visited Spay Fukushima clinic every weekend.
After the sterilization of 40~50 dogs and cats, she goes back to Shizuoka on Sunday evening.
The Animal Rescue System fund in Kobe opened this clinic 2 years ago.
Representative Hiro Yamazaki, (45), after interviewing refugees, realized that abandoned dogs and cats were propagating in the mountains and rivers, so she decided to open this clinic in Fukushima.
This clinic mainly does sterilization for stray cats, and pets belonging to victims.
Normally it costs several tens of thousands of yen, but depending on the situation, they take a lesser fee, or even work free of charge.
By the end of the 2013, they had done sterilization for 1448 dogs and cats.
The regular staff of this clinic is 2 people, from the fund, and volunteers like Mrs.Endo, who come to help free of charge.
Mrs.Chie Hinata, (40), from Yokohama, helps with the preparation of anesthesia, and the transferring of dogs and cats.
“We want to reduce loss of life due to the human-created crisis.”
Contact: Animal Rescue System fund / 0248 21 9391
Most of the dogs and cats are from area within 20-40km of the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant.
Mrs.Sachiko Yamaguchi, (36), visits Odaka, Minamisoma, Fukushima. Staying all night is forbidden.
She goes a few times each month, to offer feeding and protection.
She sets the capture cages early Saturday morning, brings the animals to Spay Fukushima clinic for sterilization, and the takes them back.
There are houses there, but no people. A young wild boar runs down the middle of the road.
The radiation dosimetry measures up to 1.57μSv.
That is 2.7 times the standard level in Yokohama city. (0.59)
A white kitten was walking in the middle of the road, but jumped away when surprised by a car.
Mrs.Yamaguchi said “That is a female which was operated on recently”.
She captured 7 cats in that week, and among them are a pregnant cat and a nursing cat.
“I want more people pay attention to this situation” she said.
The Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies, which consists of 4 organizations, like Japan Veterinary Medical Association, has received a donation of about 700,000,000 yen since the crisis began. About 200,000,000 yen is still unused, but they won’t use this to do the sterilization of feral dogs and cats.
General manager Katsuhiko Shoji said that the donation was gathered for afflicted pets and owners.
It is not the intention of donors to use it for the protection of feral dogs and cats.
Fukushima Animal Rescue, operated by Fukushima prefecture, and Fukushima Veterinary Medical Association, have consulted on possible ways of restricting the breeding of dogs and cats, but they have no plans for activity around the nuclear power plant.
Mrs.Yamazaki said “I don’t think the donors would oppose the use of donations for the tragedy of the abandoned breeding more abandonment."
■ Animal rescue volunteers pushing the limits.
I visit the off-limits area 3 months after the disaster.
I saw so many dogs and cats, very thin, and with fierce eyes.
This is the third winter. Surviving and newly bred animals are causing new problems.
Pets abandoned after the disaster have been rescued.
But the next generation is regarded as wild animals.
After the reorganization of the evacuation area, this blank zone exists, left out of rescue parties both official and private。
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, and Mieko Yoshida, who has been rescuing cats in Minami Soma, and other volunteers, continue rescue activity in Fukushima since the disaster and nuclear power plant accident.
However, we couldn’t get any support from the Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies.
Small associations and individual volunteers don’t have enough people.
During the confusion of the disaster, we jumped into the afflicted area.
We had to work so hard, for so many afflicted animals, despite it being impossible to make complicated applications for subsidies, especially due to difficult conditions set by the administration.
To search out such circumstances, and give support, is what the administration and Headquarters for the Relief of Animals in Emergencies should do.
To maintain the rescued animals, and provide the cost of sterilization, as well as transportation fees for lengthy activity, is a heavy responsibility for volunteers.
It's difficult to continue with necessary activity.
Mrs.Yamazaki said “I don’t think the donors would oppose the use of donations for the tragedy of the abandoned breeding more abandonment." I totally agree with her.
This is the blog to support Mieko Yoshida (Neko obasan).
Sterilization in an empty town is important, but securing enough funds is so difficult.
Please support her.
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