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: 2017-06-12 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170612.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Taking a Walk

  • Rika-kun made lots of appearances in my lengthy cherry blossom entries, but lately he hasn’t shown up on this blog!
  • I haven’t been watching TV so I’m not sure but are we in rainy season already?
  • When it rains, Rika-kun gets so dirty!
  • But because he’s a hunting dog, his fur dries so quickly and looks gorgeous!
  • A bunch of weeds are sprouting up near the dam, and at first they looked a bit pretty, but I realize that they’re poisonous to plants. They spread like a field and can grow like a tree!
  • For the first time in a while, here’s Shuwa-kun! He’s getting old but is still so energetic!
  • Honeysuckle bloom alongside the road, and I always feel happy to see these strong-scented flowers. They’re foreign flowers used for herbal teas and potpourri.
  • So many of the nostalgic Japanese flowers of my youth are becoming rarer sights because a long time ago it was not illegal to bring in non-native plants.
  • But these flowers, though beautiful, are classified as invasive species and tend to spread over wide areas. Now this practice is limited, but I miss seeing Japanese dandelions…

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Summary: 2017-06-11 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170611.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Room 1-C, Training for Human Contact

  • Nacchan, who I introduced the day before yesterday, is in this room but she’s really become used to people! I’m so happy!
  • In comparison… Jiji… during feeding time will be like any other clingy cat. But lately Jiji has become less accustomed to people.
  • Toppu graduated, but to cats it just seems like he disappeared.
  • And Grace tried to run away and we caught her, so now she’s jumping at shadows.
  • There are very few little ones at the shelter who start out super lovey-dovey. And there are very few people who will happily accept a cat that isn’t comfortable wit humans.
  • Training the cats for human contact is really essential for them to graduate.
  • Our daily business really keeps us so busy, so it’s quite a dilemma to not be able to devote all our time to this training. We’re hoping to get volunteers who can work their magic on these cats while helping find foster homes. I would be so thankful.

 

The little ones of 1-C:

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Fanny-chan
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Grace

 

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Pucchi
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Periru
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Mikan

Chip (not pictured due to backlighting issues ^_^;)

Summary: 2017-06-10 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170610.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Check Out Ultra J

  • Miharu Town is about a 30 minute drive to Sukagawa City, the hometown of SFX master Eiji Tsuburaya.
  • When I visited there, I saw so many Ultraman things! There are so many events, too. Ultraman fans should visit Fukushima!
  • There’s a website called Ultra J that uses the image of Ultraman to introduce events and and objects that show off the magic of Japan.
  • Ultra J featured Nyander Guard in an article! There were photos of Mikan-chan, kittens, and Saku!
  • It’d be so wonderful if this brought in foster parents!
  • Please share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.!

Summary: 2017-06-09 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170609.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Nacchan of Natsuyu

  • We rescued Nacchan in Katsurao Village.
  • She’s a scaredy-cat, but she seems to be slowly coming attached to us.
  • Lately she rubs all over us and meows for attention!
  • When she’s a little mad she’ll give you a slap without baring her claws. That’s about it, though!
  • There are four others still wandering that area…
  • In order to do rescues in the evacuation zones we need your understanding and your cooperation. Please, could you provide support for the continuation of our activities?

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Summary: 2017-06-07 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170607.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Good at Hide-and-Seek

  • Cats are so good at hide-and-seek!
  • There was a time that we used to lament the fact that our black cats weren’t finding homes: Rusk, Kuronoa, Tiz, Reia, Yuria
  • Luckily they were adopted by black cat fans and people who fell in love at first sight. We also have our volunteers to thank for helping those little ones find happiness!
  • Jiji and Chip still need training for human contact, but we’re willing to send them to foster families that don’t mind that!

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Summary: 2017-06-06 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170606.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Feeding and Rescue Activities Report, Ītate Version

  • On the third and final day we went to the Ītate Village after rounding up all the rescue cages in the evacuation zone.
  • We went from Hiso, to Ītoi, to Warabidaira, to Komiya.
  • Our priority here was to fill the feeder boxes, since they were emptying out quicker than usual.
  • I myself came to Ītate for the first time in the beginning of autumn after the disaster. There were so many dogs and cats left behind that volunteers would just stumble about door-to-door, checking for animals to feed.
  • Our organization was not focused on TNR in this area during the first year, and so many kittens were born; we ended up rescuing many of them and taking them to our shelter.
  • Among some of those kittens born here and rescued are Rau, Soru, Riki, Ponyō, and Kaoshin.
  • Hiso’s evacuation orders have been lifted and people can live there once more, but the cargo areas for pollutants has spread and the radiation levels are high.
  • Not many have returned to live here. Most have built new homes in Fukushima City or entered some sort of special establishment.
  • Currently the rate of rescue has decreased the number of cats in the area, but there are still some left, so we continue to fight on.
  • We got to see Piccolo (who we call Pī-chan) in Ītoi. Such a cutie!
  • Pī-chan is an older dog, and apparently was left behind by her owner’s request.
  • 6 years have passed and she’s still waiting here, and I can’t help but feel so sad when I see her. The evacuation orders have been lifted, and yet her owner doesn’t return. She’s bought a new home but won’t build a space for her dog.
  • I think it is only appropriate that she is given up to find a new home. Dogs love humans so very much, and it’s so painful to be abandoned, waiting for your family to return…
  • Sadly, there is another poor doggy in this village that is suffering the same fate…
  • Lab-chan of Warabidaira had an owner that claimed he lived for this dog, and came every day to come see her. But I can tell now that this dog is running out of time.
  • She was over 5 years old at the time of the disaster, so she’s definitely now over 10 years old. Labradors live 10 to 14 years, but being in this environment is not going to allow her to live the maximum number of years she should.
  • We could tell as we walked her that she’s becoming weak.
  • She can’t go on like this, so I left a letter. There has been no response.
  • Someone from another organization left behind a letter just like the one I wrote for Lab-chan.
  • This dog is quite old, and her hips are so skeletal and thin, despite perfectly good food being left behind for it.
  • The house is newly reformed, and yet it seems the owners haven’t returned yet.
  • At this time, it seems like there are many people who left their temporary housing and moved to another house in another town.
  • It’s unforgivable that people would not bring their dogs with them to their new homes in new towns.

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Summary: 2017-06-05 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170605.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: A Short Break at Kokoneko

  • A little while ago I had to run errands in Tamura Town, so I stopped by Kokoneko to see the cats from our shelter.
  • Usually I only go to Kokoneko when something has happened, like a graduation or a hospital trip or a new arrival.
  • Rika and Nata were cuddly with people they were familiar with, but a little cautious around strangers. But thanks to the love given to them by Kokoneko’s owner, they have started opening up and playing with customers.
  • Our cats here at Kokoneko treat me like a suspicious person even though they loved me once! ^_^; They’ll watch me from afar.
  • But Mīko-chan, the “boss” cat, welcomed me warmly. That’s why she’s the boss! She’s so sweet to humans, and will even jump up to get pet by customers.
  • Definitely stop by Kokoneko if you have the chance!

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Summary: 2017-06-04 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170604.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Feeding and Rescue Activities Report, Evacuation Zone Version

  • We went to the evacuation zone on the second and third day of activities. This time we focused on areas where we knew there were cats, and areas where pet owners lived.
  • There are plenty of wild animals around at this time, so all we could capture were raccoons.
  • Cats move about the most in the morning and night when they can smell yummy food in the rescue cages. It’s difficult to capture them outside of those hours, but the time we’re in these areas is limited.
  • Sometimes it feels like our efforts are for naught. Over six years have passed and there’s still no resolution to this issue, and there are little ones still left behind.
  • This year, definitely this year, we’re going to try to strike with a plan to solve this problem once and for all.
  • Something must have happened today, because there were many people measuring radiation levels here and there.
  • I don’t carry a dosimeter with me in these areas, so I’m curious… it’s definitely higher than normal levels, of course, but just how high is it?
  • There was a little one we wanted to rescue in Namie Town, so we did a feeding round there.

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Summary: 2017-06-03 Entry

ORIGINAL ENTRY: http://nyanderguard311.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-20170603.html

ORIGINAL AUTHOR: Nyander Guard Staff

TRANSLATOR: J.Nakamura


Title: Feeding and Rescue Activities Report, Katsurao Village Version

  • Rescuing cats in Katsurao Village is our top priority.
  • For three days we set up rescue cages and we were able to rescue two cats.
  • We did feeding activities at intervals between setting the cages.
  • We got to see Katsuo-kun! He sure loves grilled tuna, which is where he got his name.
  • At the area we call Cat Parlor 1, we saw a brown tabby that doesn’t often show up here. Other than that, we saw no other cats. We are concerned that we didn’t see the American Shorthair…
  • We set up some sleeping boxes.
  • The feed we left decreased a little too quickly, so we’ll have to be more vigilant about protecting our feeders from wild animals.
  • Tora-kun, of N’s residence, passed away on the 22nd. N-san went from their temporary shelter to their home to see Tora-kun nearly every day up until they could finally move back home last summer.
  • They could finally live together again after 5 long years. But almost immediately after that, Tora-kun became weak due to AIDS-related kidney problems.
  • They fought so hard to help Tora-kun, and when I last saw him, four days before he passed, I had no idea he this would happen. But he took his final breath in his favorite spot in the house, under the heated table.
  • Unfortunately, I also have to report that our Aka-chan might not have much longer. She has large tumors growing along her lymph nodes.
  • Her owner is doing their best to treat her, but the tumors cannot be removed at this point.
  • Torao-kun, however, is energetic and healthy! Last time he saw me he ran away, but now he’s all cute and friendly.
  • On the first day, we rescued a black and white cat at S Farm.
  • We also rescued a brown and white cat we’ve been targeting for a long while at K-san’s house.
  • This time, at the Natsuyu point, not a single cat nor wild animal entered. But there are four cats we still see on our camera, so we can’t give up yet.
  • We want to continue on, to save even one more life. With your support, we can keep up these activities and provide medical treatment and find homes!

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