Depending on the time, Rika’s walking routes are along the lake at Miharu Dam.
I watch the weather and choose places that aren’t too hot. When it’s hot, I always think he won’t pull as hard but that’s never the case! So we have to take lots of breaks.
Day lilies are growing around this area. Regular lilies might bloom here soon, but it’s too bad that it won’t be a huge field of them.
After Takizakura stops blooming, there are barely any people skipping out on work or fishing in this area.
I feel like this area is so beautiful, but there isn’t much of a central attraction. Couldn’t they make one? It should really cost that much money. I love flowers, and I’d love for this town to have another attraction aside from Takizakura.
Koro is so well disciplined, and he never pulls ahead when we walk him. He’s a bigger dog but he’s so easy to walk, so even older foster parents wouldn’t have a problem!
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:
Chip (not pictured due to backlighting issues ^_^;)
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.