2011年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2011年09月


Graduation soon?

Guys in kitty kindergarten.
Sorry for bothering. Taking a nap after breakfast?

You wanna play, Ma-chan and Char?
Come join us, sleepy boy Kabosu!

Friendly and aggressive kittens found their new families much before.
But you shy guys did not have chance to get yours.

Thanks for coming all together!
You really should do the same when future adopters visit us, okay?
You need to make extra appeal as you all look alike…

You guys got spayed/neutered around your 2months old,
and were supposed to be adopted in your baby age.
But you all grew up and the room is too small for you now.

Well, we don’t have so many future adopters for cats,
Staff members are worried about you all. That is why I’m here today.

If your cute pictures are uploaded in the blog, some more people would come to see you in this countryside in Osaka…?

Oh, yes!
That’s the way! Let me shoot you actively playing together!

Wow, wow!
Kuku, that is a bit too much.., don’t you think??


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Event Report☆Adoption event @ George Osaka on 28th Aug

We had an adoption event at Goerge OSAKA near Utsubo park on 28th of Aug. That day was the last day of children’s summer vacation.
It was too hot to go to Utsubo park even before 10:30 am. We walked dogs to the nearest small park within 100m from the shop.

I will tell you later why only Lay is in the front, not lining up with other dogs…

Though many people came to the event, we unfortunately had no future adopters that day.
Usually, we have several families who will bring adoption questionnaire back home or get appointments to come visit ARK shelter later.
Why we had none this time? We have to think about it..

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Most of 18dogs from Rescuing Animal-Hoarding Maltese Dogs were adopted and only 4 dogs still stay in the shelter. One of these is Mar, the father dog of all. He joined the event to have some luck.
Thanks to trimming previous day, he looked much younger. He was totally like an innocent puppy, being coddled by visitors and played bowing to people or other dogs.
If you can accept his age of 9y.o., Mar is the best dog as someone’s first dog. He can get along with people and other dogs, and not a strong or selfish type.

He did not bark at all this day though he barks to the people he’s never met at the shelter.
He does not do toilet inside of a house and does not lift his leg for pee even outside.
He was born as a stray dog and timid. During the event, he tried to hide himself in a crate or under a table. When I pulled him in front of visitors, he became frozen just next to them.
But he is not the dog who can rely only on stuff members taking care of him. He had been gradually relaxing even with the people whom he met for the first time, men or women, never panicked or tried to escape.
And he could eat well though he was so nervous, as he is originally a big eater☺
It is not easy to find homes to the shy ones who are not good at appealing their charms. That’s always our concern.
We truly hope that these shy dogs can find their homes where they can show their innocent&lovely smiles.

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He is super obedient and friendly to everybody. You can stroke him when he is hold by people.
His only problem is that he cannot get along with other dogs…
When other dog was reaching Ray while he was held or spoiled, he barked or growled like a cat.
Other dogs were not always aware of Lay, sometimes just passed by, then he baked a lot.
Not only Lay got stressed but also this gave a bad impression of him to visitors. We let him have some rest in a crate.
When he was out later, he got so upset and his face around his mouth became red.. He was again back in a crate…
He is amiable and obedient to people, not a scrappy type. Let’s find a family who wants you as their only dog, Lay!

She got the second place in a Bad dog competition following a href="http://drupal.animalrefugekansai.org/?q=ja/node/3659" target="_blank" title="Ray">Ray that day.
She came to the staff member friendly at the affected area. Cheru is friendly to everyone, can attach herself to people including children, licking their face gently and getting spoiled. She also can do toilet on a pet sheet. The problem has a ‘button’ which will change her character. And it was pushed suddenly&unexpectedly.
While she was stroked, she barked!
It was same for visitors and staff members.
Once she seemed feeling good when being stroked. But the other time, she got upset when being stroked on the same part where she was touched before.
It had been getting worse during the event. Probably, she had been getting tired and irritated.
Even so, we started worrying to let her adopted by a family with children…
It’s sad… she is such a lovely dog…

There is no problem at all on these two!
Calm, obedient, never bark, never be selfish and good at getting along with people and other dogs. They are such perfect house dogs.
And Cutie met a previous partner Pechi.

He did not react that much in the beginning, but seemed like she gradually recalled the things, and then ”oh..? oh..!!” We were moved to see her noticing her old family and jumping with joy.
You have to get happiness like Pechi did, Cutie!

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He was nervous and hid himself.
It was not good to be nervous whole event. So we pulled him out, but his ears opened and he breathed heavily (it was hot even inside of the shop, that was another reason). He had never calmed down and crawled to his house when we showed it him again.
But he is still a kitty. When we showed him a toy, he put his face out of the house and could not keep eyes off it.
I know you are such a playful and rambunctious little boy, Kabou!

He did a great, great job!
He was relaxed even being surrounded by many people. He could play with toys, climb up the cage fence and could eat his food. He had been such a good mood.
Some people stopped by seeing her photo and profile hung up outside of the shop. It was pity that it did not go to an actual engagement.

We had a coffee table for the first time following Gorge OSAKA’s store manager’s idea.
We hoped that people gathering there can talk each other over coffee. We always have a lot of people at the event, such as regular visitors, customers of Gorge, or people being interested in ARK though they cannot adopt animals now.
Gorge always gives us various ideas to support ARK’s activities.
To keep adoption events useful for finding new adopters and supporters, we will keep exploring new ideas.

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ARK’s Obon (summer holidays) and The Body Shop Nippon foundation

How was your summer holiday season?

During the Obon period, a lot of animals found their new families.
Many of those who came to ARK for adopting ARK animals traveled from far away. Up north, from Chiba, Tokyo and Aichi.
One family came from Yamaguchi in West.
“Not easy to be adopted” ones who are old or have health problems were rehomed.
Many adopters sent us pictures and letters. We can see that adopted animals are living happily. We truly appreciate it.

Well, a lot of animals were adopted and then, a lot of animals were rescued and came in…

Well well,
Today’s report is from a while ago…

ARK’s animal rescue activity at the Great East Japan Earthquake was chosen for The Body Shop Nippon foundation 2011 (JP only).
Ms. Oliver attended the presentation ceremony on 12th of July.

The Body Shop is against Animal Testing and supports various social action programs such as environmental issues as corporate philosophy. This is a great honor to have the aid fund from this wonderful company.

There are a couple of things in common between ARK and The Body Shop.
Both founders, the late Anita Roddick and Ms.Oliver are from the UK. Also, both ARK and The Body Shop became 20 years old last year.

The Body Shop’s customers are socially conscious. This is a great opportunity to be known by such conscious people and this will lead a great gain in the future.

In conclusion, we would like to share the words from the presentation ceremony.

That’s right!
WE can change.

Each of us has to take action for animals to be treated as precious living creatures the as same as us, not as a product.

Public comment will be collected till 27th of Aug!
http://www.arkbark.net/?q=ja/node/3601 (JP only)

Here is the ceremony report from The Body Shop↓
http://www.the-body-shop.co.jp/values/act_japan/nipponkikin_report_110811.html(JP only)

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Spiv’s Summer holidays

Hi there!
It’s me,Spiv.

At the height of summer, the brutal heat continues. How have you been?

Today, I wanna show you how I spent my summer holidays.
Because KK told me several people asked her how I’m doing.
“How’s Butchan?” “I looked forward to seeing him, but he didn’t come to ARK today?”
Thanks for thinking about me!

I often go for a walk in a mountain these days.
It is cooler and I can enjoy walking without struggling with heat.

This is the best walking course for everyone. All of us, me, 11yo Sister Michiru, Brother Lega who can walk many miles and Kamome who is not good at handling the heat love this place.

Ah? You don’t see any respect when I talk about Kamome?
Coz, we are almost the same age though I am 6 months younger!
Doesn’t matter if his weight is 5 times heavier than mine.

We can stop at a brook as a water point.
Fresh air make us energetic.

Running in the water is great for constipation. I do not need to care about the heat, and exercise makes my bowel more active.

I don’t take a lot of medicine for constipation anymore.
Recently, I have taken oligosaccharide and lactose. These are supplements that people with constipation take.
And now I am vegetarian.
Vegetarian formula from Natural balance suits me.

Thanks to the many supporters who think about me, I can now live well.
I am so happy knowing that many people support me.

I’ll ask my foster family to take me to ARK and I will join adoption events. Please do not forget about me when I am not at ARK!

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ARK Photo Exhibition, “Dog Life, Cat Life and Human Life” in Sendai

Date:from Aug 5th (Fri) to 10th (Wed), 2011
Place:Sendai Mediatheque

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An ARK Photo exhibition was held in Sendai. The pictures were taken by photographer Kyoko Harada who has been taking pictures of ARK animals as her life’s work.
ARK is relatively unknown in Tohoku yet, so we had no idea how many people would come or what people would think about us. Luckily, the exhibit was held during Sendai Tanabata festival and more than 400 people visited on the busiest day.

The place was huge and open-plan, but composed atmosphere for exhibition.

Everybody looked at the pictures carefully in a gentle pace.
Some came several times, some cried for ARK’s animals, some came by knowing this through Twitter or their friends, some happened to walk by and some came because of lovely ad….Young and old, each of the visitors must have felt something precious at the exhibit.

The exhibit became meaningful thanks to all the supporters. Thanks for helping the exhibit, to the people who already knew ARK and came, volunteers in Tokyo, foster families and the adopters of ARK animals living in Sendai.

Staff members at Mediatheque and all the people we met in Sendai were gentle and caring people.

We tweeted a couple of times, and detailed report will be in ARK’s newsletter soon.
That is all for today, the report from KK who helped for the last 2days of exhibit. Please check the newsletter coming up!

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Miracle happened on the 11th year

Ichiro and Jiro were rescued with their mother dog when they were puppies.
Their mom was adopted and left ARK soon after they came to ARK, but Ichiro and Jiro are timid and shy, and did not have luck to be adopted until now.
Even at ARK, they both cannot completely relax except for in their kennel.
Jiro had his eye reomoved due to glaucoma. He is one of the sponsor dogs.
But now, one big unexpected happy thing has come to them on their 11th year.
We never imagined having this wonderful day for them.

To celebrate this miracle (?), let me show you the picture from their puppy days!
Look at Ichiro! His fur was black around his nose!
Look at Jiro! His ears were standing!

We truly appreciate their adopter. They are too timid to take a walk well even at ARK where they have walked since they were puppies. Thank you for understanding them, mix-breed old siblings!
And also thanks to you all who have been supporting ARK!

Kleta “Me myself will not give up the hope!”

***Ichiro and Jiro’s old articles***
★Noah and His Cool Friends
★Noah and His Cool Friends (continued)
★The thing Jiro lost...

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2011年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2011年09月