INTERVIEW: Saving Fukushima’s Abandoned Pets – Kerry Anne O’Connor

Nuclear Hotseat Podcast: http://nuclearhotseat.com/2017/03/01/saving-fukushimas-abandoned-pets-kerry-anne-oconnor/


Kerry Anne O’Connor works with Nyander Guard Animal Rescue, which went into the Fukushima exclusion zone and rescued 760 animals after the March 11, 2011 meltdown of the three nuclear reactors.  She also runs her own charity, Anywhere Foot Baths, which provides comforting foot baths and hand massages for those who were evacuated after the triple meltdown and still live in “temporary” housing six years later.

Summary: 2017-04-14 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170414.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Aya-chan and Tomikichi-kun

  • Aya-chan and our once-graduated Tomikichi-kun have graduated together!
  • Their new owner is strong-willed and said they don’t mind adopting little ones with a few problems.
  • After a week, we’ve received word that they’re both already so lovey-dovey.
  • It took a while for Aya-chan to open up to people, so we thought she might have to start all over again if she changed to a new environment. To be honest, I was a little worried. But we got a report that she’s already used to her new home!
  • Tomikichi graduated once, but he started acting in a way we never saw at the shelter like making a racket at night and ramming himself against windows.
  • Unfortunately, his to-be foster parent retracted their request at the end of his trial period.
  • And even though nothing appeared on his blood test, he was vomiting quite a lot and his mouth ulcers worsened.
  • When a foster parent for Aya-chan appeared, we asked if they would take her friend Tomikichi-kun along as well. We explained all of his issues and our concerns, and they agreed. We are so grateful.
  • Not all the cats at our shelter are cute little kittens. And yet, there are kind people out there that will adopt older cats, or ones that have some issues with humans. This is so reassuring.
  • We’re so relieved to hear good news from their new foster home. Tomikichi, Aya, we hope you’re happy for the rest of your lives❤

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Summary: 2017-04-13 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170413.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Spring in the Northern Provinces✿

  • The wait for the cherry trees to bloom is unbearable! Every time I think “today’s the day” they still aren’t here!
  • It won’t be much longer now. The town is starting to get busy now, with tourist buses appearing. Even though Takizakura isn’t blooming yet, people are still visiting.
  • The lily magnolias are in bloom, though! They’re one of my favorite signs of spring.
  • Even though my heart breaks from time to time during our activities in the disaster zone, I am so grateful to Rika-kun for allowing me to see Miharu Town during all seasons.
  • If the timing matches up, volunteers should visit Takizakura while it is in bloom.
  • I’ve been posting many cheerful entries on this blog lately, but the severe situation at the shelter has not changed.
  • I know some of you might find it inappropriate given the current circumstances.
  • Even though we are in constant danger, the staff and volunteer members continue to do everything within the realm of possibility to continue on.
  • We humbly request your support in order to continue operations.
  • Currently, wages are not being paid, and medical expenses are incredibly insufficient.
  • We are very lucky that the cats have not suffered from this due to the cooperation of local medical facilities. But this cannot go on.
  • Please, if it is at all possible, consider donating to our cause for the sake of these animals. Thank you.

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Summary: 2017-04-12 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170412.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: May Karua-kun Find Happiness

  • Not long ago we were contacted by someone whose health had deteriorated, making them question if they could continue to properly care for their pet dog.
  • It’s still common in Japan for people who lack physical stamina or financial stability to succumb to loneliness and buy a pet without taking those vulnerabilities into consideration.
  • Unfortunately, this was the situation in which 6 year old Karua found himself.
  • We’re at least grateful that his owner came to us for help in order to find a proper home.
  • Our wonderful volunteers worked hard to place information and photos on the internet in order to find a new home for Karua.
  • We are so very grateful to you all for recruiting interested foster parents and for transporting him safely. Your efforts make everything we do a possibility.
  • A month has passed since Karua moved in with his new family. They have reported that he is living a life full of happiness. We could see that in the photos that were sent to us!
  • Because we were unable to take Karua into the shelter due to our current situation, he did not get a medical check before going to his new family. They discovered that he had a dislocated kneecap and undescended testicle.
  • His new owners are so kind and tolerant in light of all of this, and have started treatment for his various ailments.
  • We are so lucky that we smoothly found a wonderful home for him. It’s all thanks to you. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

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Summary: 2017-04-11 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170411.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Animal Guard Event Information ◇Please share on social media◇

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Animal Guard event: Disaster Victim Cats Adoption Fair ~SAVE FUKUSHIMA! SAVE ANIMALS~ on Sunday, April 23 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

The cats of Animal Guard will be in attendance! The dogs will participate via photographs.

This will be the first event under the new management of Animal Guard. Around 45 cats will attend. We’d love for even one to find a new home!

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Nyander Guard event: Adoption Fair on Sunday, April 23 from 10:00am to 3:30pm.

We’ll be waiting for you!

  • The cherry trees still haven’t bloomed in Miharu Town. It’s been too cold lately!
  • There is actually a mysterious tale about a magical cat from Miharu Town! Even though magical cats are naughty tricksters in folklore, it still could turn Miharu Town into a sightseeing spot!

Summary: 2017-04-10 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170410.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Our Newest Resident, Shino-chan

  • Our newest resident, Shino-chan, came to us from S Farm in Katsurao Village.
  • It’s been nearly a month since we rescued her, and her fur has become so soft and silky!
  • Her roommates in Room 1-E are quite interested in her.
  • Sleepy-chan, who we rescued before in Katsurao Village is still quite shy.
  • Sleepy-chan sometimes comes out when people enter the room to feed the cats, but it seems like we need to use a little more aggressive technique for getting them used to people.
  • Soramame-kun graduated to a wonderful family in Miharu.
  • I’m sure it’ll be quite a task disciplining him, but the family and their children will definitely work together to train their new addition!
  • Azuki-chan might also graduate soon, too!

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Summary: 2017-04-09 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170409.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Comet-san

  • Comet-san is such a beautiful white cat with light blue-green eyes.
  • She was wandering the evacuation zone in Futaba Town until June 2013.
  • She’s so beautiful, but she’s not very used to humans. When she’s in her cage she’ll act sweetly but once she’s out she won’t come near people.
  • In order to acclimate her to human contact, we’ve moved her to Tsumu’s room.
  • We think she’s fairly up there in age, around 8 years old or so. It would be wonderful if she could find a foster parent that will love her with care.

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Summary: 2017-04-08 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170408.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Flying Cat Photo Exhibit at Fukushima Gainax Museum

  • Currently the Fukushima Gainax Museum is holding a photo exhibit for Kenta Igarashi’s “Flying Cat” collection.
  • They’re also having a “Fuku and Marimo” exhibit.
  • If you decide to come visit the Fukushima Gainax Museum during Golden Week, you should come see us at the shelter!
  • After seeing photos of cute cats, you can come spend time with the real deal!
  • We have free time for “field trips” every day from 1-3pm. We’d love it if you visited!
  • Sometimes we can become a bit overwhelmed with work and lose our free time, so give us a phone call if you plan on stopping by.
  • And you could visit Kokoneko Cafe, which is also close by! Some of our cats are “working” there!

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Summary: 2017-04-07 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: vhttp://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170407.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Weeping Cherry Tree Ranking

  • The Acala Cherry Tree I wrote about yesterday is considered to be in the second rank of all cherry trees in the east.
  • The champion rank of the east is our very own Takizakura!
  • It still won’t bloom for several days, though. Shuwa can’t wait, either!
  • I stopped by the Fukushima Gainax Museum and saw Kenta Igarashi’s “Flying Cat” photo exhibit.

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Summary: 2017-04-06 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170406.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: The Acala Cherry Tree of Uwaishi with Shuwa♪

  • The cherry blossoms seems to be in full bloom in Tokyo, but we’re a bit behind in Miharu Town with only buds.
  • I saw a billboard for a cherry tree called the Acala Cherry Tree of Uwaishi and got curious, so I went and checked it out.
  • The Acala Cherry Tree of Uwaishi is presumably 350 years old, 16m/52ft tall, with an 18m/60ft meter long branches. It is weeping tree style and said to be related to Miharu Takizakura.
  • It’s called the Acala Cherry Tree because there is a Buddhist temple at the base of the tree that enshrines Acala the Wisdom King.

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Summary: 2017-04-05 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170405.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Rescue and Feeding Activities in Katsurao Village

  • We went north of S Farm in Katsurao Village in order to set rescue cages.
  • Feeding activities have started in Kazekoshi.
  • Katsurao Village is a beautiful place, around 500m/1,640ft above sea level, and surrounded by forest.
  • Even though there was snow on the ground, it was a warm day, so we managed to see many of the regulars around here.
  • Tora-kun’s owner takes great care of him, taking him to the hospital nearly 40 minutes away when his kidney problems flare up and buying him lots of special medical food.
  • Unfortunately, we couldn’t rescue anyone at S Farm, but we did see a little one on the security camera footage.
  • It’s becoming more and more difficult to do activities in this area, so we’re hoping for your cooperation in finding homes for the cats we rescue here.

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