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BBQ Party on Sunday, July 26.

On June 26 (Sunday), on the site for the new ARK Sanctuary in Sasayama City, Kyoto, we held a welcome BBQ party for Oscar, who leads the World Woof Tour.


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It was unfortunate that Oscar couldn’t land in Japan due to a quarantine problem, but many peoplesupporters of animal adoption activities, former ARK dogs with their adopters, and prominent animal welfare activists in Japanjoined the party and exchanged many interesting ideas and views.

World Woof Tour is a global campaign with the slogan “homes for homeless dogs!” led by Oscar the mutt. The tour started in South Africa and has visited as many as 30 countries and 60 animal shelters, with the message of promoting adoption for Oscar’s fellow dogs who are waiting for a happy home.


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One big concern we had that day was the weather. There was torrential rain when we were setting up the site, and then there was a thunderstorm, so we were afraid that the tents might get blown away. We couldn’t make any moves for a while. In this weather, it would be cruel to take dogs who are scared of thunderstorms to the party. The ground would be muddy even if the rain stopped, and playing in the stream, one of the main attractions for the dogs, would not be possible because of all the mud. What should we do?


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And then, lo and behold!
As the clock neared the start time, blue sky appeared behind the clouds, and the sky got brighter and brighter! The most powerful sunshine-bringer ever, Ms. Oliver! Her powers were at full throttle that day!

So many people joined party in spite of the weather, and their dogs had a great time running around the huge dog run with their alumni. People enjoyed talking and eating Ms. Oliver’s roast beef and lamb made using her secret recipe, as well as her specialty dip and tomato salad. It is so sad that I don’t have the pictures of that great food. KK, your writer, was struggling with to make fried noodles (yakisoba) and forgot to take pictures of the food. I’m so sorry!


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Photographer Ms. Kyoko Harada also joined the party. Her pictures capture the best side of ARK animals. She took all the pictures for the ARK photo book “RESCUE!” that was published last fall. I am sure for dog owners, having pictures of their dogs taken by a professional photographer made the party really memorable.


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When I look at dogs who were once in a miserable situation and have eventually found happiness with their own family, I really yearn for an animal utopia to be realized on this vast site as soon as possible.

Even while we are having a good time, many animals are falling victim to people’s selfish behavior, and are being killed inhumanely in public health centers. To save them, and to raise awareness among the Japanese, all participants in the party reaffirmed that we have to strive to complete the ARK Sanctuary project soon.



 The next Adoption Event at Green Dog will be held on Sunday, August 2.
 On Sunday, August 22, a PR exhibit will be held at Takarazuka Summer Festa 2009 (Japanese only). The theme is, “The lives of animals who were abandoned and then rescued when their families moved away.” This is being held in collaboration with ALIVE

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Spay/Neuter Your Cats

A woman found a cat.
The cat was pregnant and soon had kittens.
She didn't spay the cat and let her out of the house, so she had kittens again.
She asked us for help when her cat population grew to thirteen.
The population grew that much in just one or two years.


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Since the cats only knew the woman and her home, they hid for several days after being moved to the cat enclosure at ARK, and it seemed as if the enclosure was empty.
They could hear dogs barking from the dog enclosure on the other side of the fence.
I'm sure the cats had never heard so many dogs barking and they must have been afraid being in a strange place without knowing why they were there.


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Dyna, an odd-eyed cat, was the first of the nine cats who came to ARK to get used to being here.

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The next to adjust was Floren.


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And the one by one the other cats also got used to ARK.


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Some of them are still shy, but all of them can be adopted anytime.
They are in the cat enclosure that we call the “new cat house.”
All of them are very good cats, and they are one to two years old.


I'd like to recommend them to anyone who wants a cat but feels that a kitten would be too much work.


If you are going to have cats:

◆Please spay/neuter them.
You can prevent reproductive diseases.
Cats in heat can also cause stress to both themselves and their owners. Some cats get overexcited and meow loudly, and it can become difficult to deal with marking (urinating where they are not supposed to). Some owners may even have trouble sleeping.
If your cat has kittens, can you take care of all of them? If someone adopts one of your kittens, can you be sure the kitten will be well taken care of? What would you do if the kitten had kittens?
◆Keep cats inside and never let them run wild outside.
Cats could get injured or killed in a traffic accident, or become infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) by other cats. Friendly cats could be taken away by bad people such as abusers. Only the owners of cats can protect them.



 The next Adoption Event at Green Dog will be held on Sunday, August 2.
 On Sunday, August 22, a PR exhibit will be held at Takarazuka Summer Festa 2009 (Japanese only). The theme is, “The lives of animals who were abandoned and then rescued when their families moved away.” This is being held in collaboration with ALIVE

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Sakura Rehomed!

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Sakura has been rehomed! One of our animal caretaker volunteers has adopted her. Her new family came to visit her over and over again until she felt comfortable enough to open up to them. There were days when she wouldn’t come out of her enclosure for a walk, but her new family never gave up on her.


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Kiku, Ume, Momo, and Sakura were 100% stray puppies. When they were first rescued, despite their young age of about 1 month old, they had a tremendous fear of people and would panic when around them.

We thought that perhaps it would be impossible for them to be domesticated, and sometimes we felt that they were wild animals.

There was a time when we felt we had reached the limit of what we could do for them. But we wanted to keep our hopes up, so we took them to our homes for rehabilitation. We, the staff, didn’t know how to handle them, so every day was a like a stab in the dark.

Even while we were feeling so lost, the puppies grew rapidly. It was frustrating sometimes, as we felt that we were missing out on the proper timing to provide each one with training. Every day was full of both the joys and worries that accompanied the puppies’ growth.

Could they become domesticated dogs? Would they be happy to be domesticated and live with people? Did keeping them at ARK provide a decent quality of life for them?
In back of our minds, we had the constant worry that even if they were rehomed, they may not adapt well to the homes and might end up being returned to ARK.


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18 months have passed, but it feels much longer because we have encountered so many obstacles. It has been 18 months, and their lives have only started.

We thank these 4 sisters from the bottom of our hearts for this precious experience.

Thank you so much. You have helped us grow as people and given us an opportunity to gain a better understanding of dogs.
We wish you happiness outside of ARK.
Thank you again.

And to all the families who adopted them, thank you so much.


(Momo’s training for the dog show at USJ is going very well. She has already been given a part. Will her debut be soon?!)



Related Articles
2008.02.18 Foster Care System 
2008.04.24 Wild Blood
2008.04.27 Momo’s Diary Part I
2008.04.29 Sakura’s Diary
2008.05.01 Ume’s Diary
2008.05.14 Ume’s Diary Part II
2008.05.27 Field Note Adoption Fair☆Report
2008.07.04 Momo’s Diary Part II
2008.08.10 Ume-chan Rehomed!



 The next Adoption Event at Green Dog will be held on Sunday, August 2.
 On Sunday, August 22, a PR exhibit will be held at Takarazuka Summer Festa 2009 (Japanese only). The theme is, “The lives of animals who were abandoned and then rescued when their families moved away.” This is being held in collaboration with ALIVE

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Pump and Moonie

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We have two very good dogs that we we’d like to introduce to you!
They are Pump (left) and Moonie (right).


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These two are so bright, gentle and obedient, and it’s easy to take them for walks.
They should be called “easy-to-care-for dogs” because that’s what they are! They are such nice dogs!
The dog trainer at ARK “Ms. Gran-mama” highly recommends them♪

But they do have a certain handicap that we should point out to potential adopters…


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That’s heartworm.

They used to be kept by a homeless person, and living outside all the time meant that they were never given preventative treatment for heartworm…

At the moment, they’re perfectly healthy without any symptoms such as coughing or tiredness. They’re always playing cheerfully together and enjoying walks just like other dogs.


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The treatment is simple - just give them anti-parasitic medicine once a month, just like you do for other dogs.

Of course, you have to make sure they’re calm after taking the medicine and check that there’s nothing strange about their behavior.

There are a lot of dogs whose heartworm has disappeared after having several years of prevention therapy.

The life of a heartworm is said to be around 5 to 6 years. But I’ve heard from a vet that preventative medicine makes adult worms weak and shortens their lifespan (although the medicine is intended to kill the little ones).


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Potential adopters tend not to choose animals with heartworm. Of course I understand their feelings, but I also feel frustrated that lovely, friendly Pump and Moonie may not be adopted for this reason. We have a great time with them and feel relaxed when we’re with them.

I can see that they love people. If they were adopted, their new family would be happy and would definitely think, “I’m glad to have this dog in my life”.
I’d like to find an understanding family for them!

Heartworm is a severe disease, but preventative medicine can work. Giving preventative medicine is one of the responsibilities of dog owners. However, even if your dog does get heartworm, you can give him treatment to control it.



 The next Adoption Event at Green Dog will be held on Sunday, August 2.
 On Sunday, August 22, a PR exhibit will be held at Takarazuka Summer Festa 2009 (Japanese only). The theme is, “The lives of animals who were abandoned and then rescued when their families moved away.” This is being held in collaboration with ALIVE

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Too Many Intake Requests

The phone at ARK rings continually every day.
It’s the sound of people seeking help.

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This time of the year, we get a lot of requests to take in cats, especially stray cats and kittens.
“I want you to help these kittens that were thrown away in a paper bag.”
“I want you to take in a stray cat weakened by injury or illness.”
“I fed her and she stayed, and then she had kittens, and the neighbors are complaining. I want you to take them.”
There are also cases in which the owners of cats did not spay their pets, and they now have more cats than they can handle.

So many people tell us “I can’t keep them.”


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People feed stray cats because they feel sorry for them. With better nutrition, it’s easier for them to have kittens. If one female cat has three litters a year and each litter has three to five kittens that means ten to fifteen new cats in a year. With that many cats, the smell of excrement becomes problematic very quickly.

Giving a stray cat food out of pity is cruel and only serves to makes people feel better about themselves. It does not seem to me that these people are really thinking of the good of the cats.

Rescuing stray cats doesn’t make for a happy ending. If you don’t do anything about the mother, the same thing will be repeated over and over. The solution is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

The most important thing to do to keep the problem from becoming worse is spaying and neutering.


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Dog consultations mostly come from owners of dogs.
They’ll say things like “I got divorced,” “I lost my job,” or “I’m moving.”

Consultations about elderly people and their pets have increased. “My parent died, or went into a rest home, and I want you to take in their dog/cat. I don’t live in pet-friendly housing, or I already have a pet so I can’t keep it.”


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These problems are too big for ARK to solve. We are chronically short on space, and we can’t take in every pet we are requested to. When it comes to stray cats, people in each area need to cooperate and compromise.

But we always do wish, “Please just don’t take them to the hokenjo or aigo center.” At the hokenjo, they come closer to the death room each day, where death by suffocation from poisonous gas together with scores of other pets awaits them. Some animals who don’t inhale the lethal dosage are still alive when they are burned along with the rest the animals.


I am depressed that I can’t help, that I can’t do anything for these animals.
I always wonder, “What happened to those animals we couldn’t take in…?”




 The next Adoption Event at Green Dog will be held on Sunday, August 2.
 On Sunday, August 22, a PR exhibit will be held at Takarazuka Summer Festa 2009 (Japanese only). The theme is, “The lives of animals who were abandoned and then rescued when their families moved away.” This is being held in collaboration with ALIVE



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