Parinko the Charmer


Parinko is very proud of his blue eyes and fluffy fur.
He joined ARK on a very cold day of February last year.
Originally living in a new apartment building that did not accept pets, he was sent out by his previous owner and had to endure the cold outside for about three months.

He was rescued by a neighbor, and because of his background he was back to being a stray cat by the time he arrived.
Trying to get near with your bare hands was too dangerous, he was hissing, biting and clawing everything that touched him, even toys from a distance. He was a very savage beast.

Even after 2 months, his face still looked like this.

As he had difficulties getting used to living in a wide room, we had to move him to a smaller one.
After that, it was only a matter of time until he understood what people were doing, and it slowly became possible to play and stroke him.

“Who are you talking about?”

Now he turned to be a very sweet boy who loved to be cuddled.
He starts purring as soon as people step in, and rubs his body against your legs.
He got used to his environment so well so that not only does he do that to our staff, but also to any volunteers and will gladly cuddle with them.

We are talking about you! “Hmm? Me?”

He has no problem living with his previous room-mate Karinto, but when we tried to put him with other cats, some fights were started. It might be a better idea for owners to have no other pets in the house.
He is not good with changes of environment, so it might take some time until he gets used to his new home. Once he got used to it though, he will be a very sweet and very understanding companion.
Usually cats who grew up in a house get used to a new house much faster that they would in a shelter.

You’re a sweet boy. “I know”

Living in one of the far rooms of ARK, it can be difficult to find him, and having the chance to watch him move can be rare. Please take a look at this video!


He can be so sweet and loving that the staff gets embarrassed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want a cat who is both handsome and sweet!
Parinko’s profile page: http://arkbark.net/?q=ja/node/5876

If you have more time, here is one more.


There are many other animals waiting for a new home!

For people who might be interested in adopting some of our boys and girls:


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A Sunday full of cats!

This week, our Sunday was all about rain.
Still, many potential adopters came to visit us from early in the morning.
Among the people who came, some of them had come to our adoption event “Full of Cats”. Thank you to everyone for spreading the word!

Today, we had 6 new ARK graduates!

Very cute, but also very reserved, Pluie never managed to get a lot of attention and grew up with us.
However, this time he got adopted by the same family who took Princess Amidala last month!
Pluie gets along really well with other cats, he should have no problem being a nice little brother♪
I haven’t bad breakfast yet...

Another family adopted Fujimaru, as well as Hachi with whom they fell in love during last week’s event.
“Oh, nice to meet you, I’m Hachi.” “I’m Fujimaru, how are you doing?”

At last week’s event, Kunak and Lina stuck together the entire day and tried hard to show how much they liked each other.
Today too, they were next to each other, sleeping in their cat house. While looking at them, we tried to find them a new family where they would be able to live together, and even though adopting two cats at once can be a tough decision, our dream came true♥
Kunak, Lina, that is some very good news for you two!

To continue, Cappe also left us for his new home, after being chosen during last week’s event.
From now on, every day will have some time spent on someone’s lap!

The family who had chosen to adopt Inaho last week decided to adopt one of our shier cats instead. Please, if somebody else is interested in living with Inaho, don’t hesitate to contact us♪
Luck is something you wait for while sleeping!

Finally, Java who took part in our event last week also found a new home on this Sunday♪
What? For real??

It has been a very busy Sunday, and for two weeks in a row, but this is the kind of happy-busy day I wish would happen every week!!
Our boys and girls are waiting for you at ARK, next week too, in two weeks as well, every week♪

There are many other animals waiting for a new home!

For people who might be interested in adopting some of our boys and girls:

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Foster News “The Tabby Team Part 2: P.G. and Nadeshiko”

We introduced you to Chimney and Candle in our previous Foster News report.
In fact, there is another team of tabbies in Tokyo, P.G. and Nadeshiko.
The two of them have gotten used to their foster’s house and now the time to seriously look for a new family has come!

Let’s take a look at Team Tabby Part 2!



When they moved to my house in September, both of them came out of their cage very timidly.
P.G. fled under the bed, Nadeshiko ran to the kitchen and strangely decided to climb and hide on the kitchen stove, just to be caught again by the ARK staff.


P.G. was usually hiding under things, while Nadeshiko was escaping to higher grounds in order to safely look at the situation below
Thinking about it now, at that time they showed me their personality in a way that was very easy to understand.

That was five months ago.
The first couple of days were... strange...?
I was supposed to be living with two cats...
But when you looked around, it was totally quiet, and the only way to get a little relieved was to see that food bowls were getting empty.
Peek inside Nadeshiko’s hide-out and get hissed at...
Wondering whether he was still breathing, I put my hand on P.G. just to get him puzzled and not moving at all in alarm...
Their previous foster had told me that once they got used to you, they would both become very friendly... So I decided to wait patiently...


Being the first time for me to become a foster, I was extremely worried to see them so scared.
After about five days, they started to show themselves, and depending on their personalities, they tried different hide-outs and beddings, played with toys together and even started to eat from my hand...
Getting slowly closer day by day, it was as their previous foster had told me, and after a couple of weeks they turned into very affectionate cats.
Now my daily life is much more soothing thanks to these two sweethearts.

They also both have very different personalities...

“The slow P.G.”

Always doing things at his own pace, always hungry, but never angry.
P.G. usually loses against Nadeshiko, except when it’s food time.
He rarely jumps on people’s lap, but he will always round himself very close to you, as if waiting to be petted.
When people he does not know come by, he usually looks from far away at what Nadeshiko does before coming along.
He almost never shows his claws or attacks others, usually running away if he does not like something. He is also very patient when getting his claws cut!
Never starting a fight, he really is a soft and gentle boy.
He is often staring blankly when his toys are taken by Nadeshiko, and even though he is the older brother, he is usually getting jumped on when daydreaming on the cat tower or in the middle of toys...
With little things like that, he will give you a lot of love and you will never get tired of his company.
Some of his hobbies are gathering little items and pulling up grass, his special talent is losing his toys...

“The bright Nadeshiko”

Nadeshiko’s particular way of crying is a sign of her good moods.
She loves speaking, and as she remembers her name, it feels like you are having a real conversation.
She may be scared at first, but she really likes people and once she gets used to you, she will be all meow-meow purr-purr.
She is not capricious at all, and when you move toward a table, she will go purr either on your lap or squeeze herself between you and the backrest of the chair.
She can be really cute when she comes to steal the attention while you are minding your own things.
She is always careful to trim herself neatly, her biggest pride being her nicely polished claws! But when I cut her claws, she usually ignores me for a while.
She may be the youngest, but she behaves more like the older one, always very accommodating.
She loves bird-watching. She is also very good at stealing toothbrushes, and a master at tearing cardboard boxes apart... She is a cat of great skills...


They are a really cute pair!
They don’t care at all when they are on their own, but they will try to get your attention as much as possible when you are home. To be able to watch them sleep and get as much affection from them as possible, I’d recommend a house where there is somebody during the day as well♪


In Tokyo there are no shelters, but we can get a taste of their daily life in their foster’s house.
Many people have the wrong impression that mature cats are not friendly, but that is totally untrue!
Even cats like P.G. and Nadeshiko who tend to hide at first, only need some time to accommodate themselves to their new environment!

A very interesting Tabby Team.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested♪

For people who might be interested in adopting some of our boys and girls:

There are many other animals waiting for a new home!

We are always looking for new fosters as well!

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Foster News: Chimney and Candle

Following our previous foster news from Osaka, this time we bring you news from our fosters in Tokyo! ♪

There is no ARK shelter in Tokyo. Animals who have been rescued are in the hands of “fosters”, and temporarily live with their family until they find their own adoptive parents.
Fosters are most essential to Tokyo ARK, being the only hope for many animals.

Chimney and Candle were originally rescued in Osaka.
The siblings were rehomed in Tokyo once, but as they could not get along well with the other cat living there, they had to come back to us. As they can have a hard time getting used to new environments, it is difficult for them to take part in our adoption events, and thus promoting them to potential new families is a problem.

Let’s take a look at how they have changed in the foster’s house, and introduce you to their charms!

◇The day we got them◇




June 18th, 2014.
Chimney and Candle made their way here in the ARK car.
That was already 8 months ago.

Having lost my two cats just before that time, Chimney and Candle brought me a lot of strength.
I hope they can find their own happiness very soon.

When we were first introduced...
They were little and hid behind the TV and under the table at first, but they soon came out to go on adventures around the house, and following their own curiosity, they kept playing around with toys.
Probably very tired, they spent their first night sleeping on their back.


They are now about one and half years old, they have grown bigger and their bellies are getting rounder, but they have kept their beautiful fur. (^.^)

Candle, with her very cute tail, is very active and has great jumping abilities.
She cries a lot, whether to play, beg for food, or even after she went to her litter box.
She is a very clever one, and sometimes may slightly bite you to play. She has a tough side as well, but if you call her name, she will purr, start kneading, and wait for you to pet her.
She can be a little temperamental, and usually does not like being petted for too long. (~_~;)
She also always sees me off all the way to the door when I leave the house.

Chimney is a very handsome boy, like an actor.
He can be shy, but still, since the first night here, he often comes next to me and cries to get petted.
If you pet him softly, he will close his eyes and start purring of pleasure.
He always comes to comfort me when I think of my cats who just passed away and cry... He is a very kind boy.
When he wants to be petted, he will lie on his side on the floor in his petting position.☆
He is very sweet and loves to be petted, but still quite shy, he does not like being held.

He also likes to play a lot.
If I praise Candle for jumping so high so many times, Chimney will accept the challenge and start jumping around like his sister. His face showing that he, too, can do it, is the cutest.

If Chimney gets petted, next Candle comes and cries to get petted as well.
Of course Chimney will come back next to me with his eyes closed to get more, but when I reach to pet him, this time it is Candle who takes the petting role and start grooming her brother.
It is a very funny sight!

They both have a lot of power, pushing things off shelves, messing with tissues and toilet paper, destroying boxes and paper bags, doing the usual mischiefs that cats do on a daily basis, and then one day you funnily realize that cleaning their mess also helps you clean the house.
I sometimes feel they make a mess to make me understand the house needs some good cleaning... (^_-)
The extremely messy room turns into a very clean room.
I get more positive and tend to forgive them anything when I look at them innocently sleeping.

Chimney and flowers


They have very different personalities, but get along really well.
I hope we can get them rehomed together.
You will have the privilege to see Candle jump when she wants some food.
You will realize how cute she can be when she starts jumping around after rubbing herself against the wall... (^。^)
You will be able to appreciate all of that with Chimney who loves watching Cat-TV.
He particularly likes series by Mitsuaki Iwago. (=^・^=)


Thank you for this message showing us all of their charms!
Their life together is really beautiful.♡

Of course you can adopt a single animal at ARK, but we often recommend to adopt pairs at the same time.
Even if the house is often empty, it will give them plenty of play time, and will help young ones get socialized by older cats.

To you two, learning and spending your days in your foster’s house.
It looks like you are getting ready to get in a new family! ♪
Thank you so much for sending us so many cute pictures!

If you are intersted in giving these talented two a new home...

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Another side of ... (Part1) “The shy guy, Colone”

We have about 300 cats and dogs living with us at ARK at the moment.
When potential new families come to visit us, of course your and friendly kids steal the show.
The shy ones have difficulties finding their new home, and slowly get older living at ARK.

Our “young and friendly idol”, Chaoz, having lot of fun in the snow during the New-Year holidays!
He still has not found his new home and just moved to Tokyo. Please come see him at our adoption events! (Chaoz has now found a new family in Tokyo, thank you for all your support)

Our staff and regular staff know these shy boys and girls really well, and will show you their best side.
Rather than saying that they would have no problem getting used to a new house, we thought that showing short videos would speak to people’s heart more, and as a result we decided to start this “Another side of” series.

For this special first edition, let’s introduce you to Colone. When he came to ARK five and a half years ago with his mother and siblings, he was that small!
His mother Pan and his siblings Melon and Danish found new homes to live in, but now Colone and his sister Roll are still with us.
As some of you may have noticed, all the family was named after types of bread.

Even though he is very beautiful and his profile page said that he loves playing with toys, every time potential families and volunteers come, shy Colone cannot find the courage to show his charms...
Our staff doesn’t have enough time to stay close to him all day, but here is a little example of Colone when he is having fun!

Please also look at our veteran Munch (13y.o.) who can’t resist playing with toys, and the very shy Chira staring from the other room!

Please don’t think that it is “just a random tabby cat playing”.
The usual Colone hides under tables and blankets and looks at you with eyes telling you to stay away.
Any cat can be cute if you take care of them, but you feel even more loves when they show you this other side of them after a long time of effort and confusion.
Aaaaah, how I wish everyone could experience this joy!

Why don’t you pick a toy and become friends with Colone?

His sister Roll is also waiting for you!

ARK Calendar 2015 still available!

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