2007年12月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2008年02月


Kakogawa Rescue Report


I’m sure there were many of you who were concerned about the dogs and cats found in Kakogawa after we introduced them in “ARK News and Events”. The other day, I (staff member K.K.) was able to finally pay a visit to the rescue location, and did what little I could to help. Even though the owner’s cancer had made him very weak, he continued to passionately care for the animals, and remained cheerful when speaking to us and thanking us.

We encounter many cases where a large number of animals have been raised together, and soon the situation gets out of control. For example, when the animals aren’t neutered and rapidly reproduce, or with money-hungry breeders who suddenly stop showing up to care for their animals, or at so-called “collector’s” houses. To sum up these cases, I’d use the words “carelessness”, “selfishness”, and “irresponsibility”.


However, the case in Kakogawa is different. All of the animals, including those that were tied up and abandoned in front of the owner’s house, had been rescued by the owner. It was clear that he had done his best to care for the animals, including neutering and getting medical treatment for them. When I heard from the staff who visited the rescue area, and when I met the owner myself, I could truly feel how strong and deep his love was for the animals, and it left a deep impression on me. It made me realize quite clearly that I want to help in some way. This individual is suffering from cancer and the animals that have only him to depend on are trapped in a pit of despair. Why, God? I am filled with bitterness.


Most of the cats were like strays, extremely wary of us, and some wouldn’t even let us touch them, preventing us from taking them in for medical checks. A lot of cats had feline AIDS, but some were friendly and otherwise seemed healthy.


All of the dogs were very dependent on their owner. Sure enough, when it came time to assess the dogs one by one, the dogs were friendly to us when the other dogs or the owner was nearby, but once they were alone they started to panic.

Once we managed to make some space at ARK, we began to transport the animals over. But upon doing so, some of the once-friendly dogs turned aggressive, and we had no choice but to return them to their original home. After returning them, they went back to being their friendly selves, and let their guard down around us as well. That made us realize that not only was ARK a very high-stress place for them to be, but also that they really felt most comfortable at home with their owner.


At first, the owner said that there was one young, independent dog he wanted ARK to take in, because it would probably be able to find an adopter. The other dogs were too old and timid, so he decided to take responsibility to euthanize them himself. It’s very unfortunate, but cases of dogs like these finding adopters are very rare. He knew this was the reality.

Everyone probably feels the same way: let’s save more animals and make them happy. But for these animals, what exactly is happiness? Well, certainly finding them a new home where they can feel secure again would make them happier. But for cats and dogs that are old, timid, or aggressive, the chances of finding a good home are terribly low, realistically speaking, next to none. When dogs can’t find adopters, we end up having to take them in and let them live at ARK. However, because we have so many animals to care for at ARK, it is difficult to care for all of them properly day in and day out. Ideally, individual care for each animal would be great, but unfortunately is not possible presently. (That’s just my opinion.)

Can we really call this “saving” animals? Is this happiness?


Especially with older animals, when there is a change in environment or separation from the owners, the animals feel a sense of loss and insecurity, which may cause their physical condition to deteriorate through excessive stress. Which is better: to bring an animal to ARK to join the scores of others awaiting homes amidst pain and stress and reaching the last year of its life, or to be put to sleep in the arms of its loving owner?

There is no one simple answer. It’s not a problem that can be discussed in terms of right and wrong.

We at ARK each have different mindsets about this, and the owner had been troubled about what to do as well. What I can say for sure is that everyone is doing their best to find the happiest path for the animals.


Considering the physical condition of the owner and other complicated aspects of this delicate situation, we have decided to stop recruiting volunteers to come to the site in Kakogawa. But please don’t worry. We at ARK are in contact with the owner everyday and are paying him visits as often as possible.

We would like to continue giving you as many updates as possible; however please understand that as conditions change day-to-day and we have the owner’s personal situation to consider, we are not able to release all details. Thank you for your understanding and support!


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Tetta the Kitten


Hello, my name is Tetta.

My parents are stray cats. I was living in a park with some dogs and a nice old man was taking care of me. However, there were some development plans for the park and it seems that we were in the way. The nice old man said he had to move away to place where he couldn’t take us with him. Lots of dogs that the old man took care of were also taken in by ARK.


I got caught in a trap with my two sisters. I was so hungry and there was a good smell coming from inside the trap. We were stinky, dirty little kittens so people didn’t want to be near us. My eyes were swollen and stuck together with mucus. My nose was blocked with snot. I had a fever. In other words, I had a bad cold. But I couldn’t do anything about it because I was born to stray cats, so I didn’t have proper nutrition or hygiene. (Our mom did her best to take care of us under such conditions.)


Since coming to ARK, the girls in the clinic have become my new mothers. Because the girls are so nice, I’m always good when they give me my medicine or eye drops.

I don’t really remember being a stray cat because I was so young, but I do remember always feeling hungry and weak. Now I can eat lots every day so I feel great!


Oh, that’s the sound of the nice girls coming through the door.
Hey, you can do the cleaning later! Come play with me!


I’m tired of this small room.


One thing that worries the nice girls is my wandering eyes (they move rapidly, left to right).

They don’t really know why my eyes do that, but the vet said it might have been caused by the bad cold that I had. In the future I might have other problems occur because of my damaged nervous system.

Another vet said that I should have been put to sleep because nobody would want me. But the nice girls refused to allow that. Look at me now. I can see just fine, and I can move around normally. There are many other cats that lead good lives even without their sight. Even if something does happen to my health in the future, we might have to think of what to do, but I’m so happy the nice girls want to give me a chance at a wonderful life.

But will somebody really adopt me?

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Holding Udon-Kun


Udon-kun loves being patted and touched, and he always snuggles up to people. However, he doesn’t like to be picked up. When people try to pick him up, he grits his teeth and resists, looking both terrified and determined.


There are a few members of staff who can pick Udon up. I sure couldn’t. Maybe I am not good at holding dogs? Even if I could, not all adopters will be good at it. If Udon-kun’s potential adopters are limited to good holders or those who aren’t afraid of his bared teeth, there is less chance for him to find a new family.


I always wanted to get him used to being held, and tried to pick him up every time I had a chance when I was in charge of taking care of him. Little by little, I got him get used to being held and observed his reactions.


And finally, I did it!
To my surprise, Udon-kun was calm and relaxed in my arms. There was no sign of tension, and he never became violent as I kept holding him and walking around with him in my arms. I was sooo happy!

I think Udon-kun has always loved being held as well as being patted and stroked, but he had a bad experience when being held that made him afraid of being in someone’s arms.

I was so happy to have finally made it and did not want to let him go. I kept holding him for a long time, and my arms were so sore the next day….


Since then, I have picked Udon-kun up many times. Sometimes he resists it, but the training is necessary because the future adopter will have to hold him when taking him to the vet or taking care of him. If the new family lives in an apartment, he may have to be picked up when they are inside a lift or in the corridors.


Udon-kun was around seven to eight years old when rescued, so he might be over 10 years old now, but we will never know for sure. He is not young anymore and the severe cold winter of Nose-cho is hard for him, but the heated room is already full with old or sick dogs. Old, yet healthy, Udon-kun lives in a dog house outdoors. We put warm clothing on him, lay a hot carpet on the floor, and ask him to hang in there. Our sincerest hope is to find him an adopter as soon as possible, so he can spend his time in a warm, comfortable house.

Maybe someday he’ll ask to be held and sit on our laps. Udon-kun, let’s hope that will happen not with me, but with your adopter’s arms and lap.

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A Happy New Year !!

A happy New Year, and thank you to the many people wanting to adopt an animal who visited us at the start of this year.


This is a picture of the K1 dog enclosures taken today. Yes, it snowed! I wanted to show all of you the scenery but I was running around so much that this was the only picture I was able to take…

In the morning it was clear out, but little by little we noticed the movement of the clouds and got suspicious, and sure enough the weather soon turned to snow. For a while it snowed pretty hard so we were prepared for it to pile up. But, suddenly, blue sky! The snow that had accumulated melted away so quickly. Due to the cold, as usual, in the morning and evening the water pipes and the drinking water in the buckets in the dog enclosures froze, but fortunately the snow didn’t accumulate.

To all of you, we appreciate your continued support this year.

1/3 (Thursday)

Today lots of volunteers were at ARK with us. I bow my head to these people, who came and helped us out even though it’s the New Year’s holidays now.

I think the dogs really had fun today because of all the people there who could give them plenty of walks. The staff could actually relax a little bit, having some extra time to spare, postponing certain other work, and in general, accomplishing a whole lot.

Our organization is made possible by all these people who give us their support. Thank you, thank you.

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2007年12月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2008年02月