2012年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2012年09月


Adoption event report☆at George OSAKA on 19th Aug. (Sun)

We had an adoption event at George (JP only) OSAKA on 19th of Aug (Sun). This time we had 4 dogs and 2 cats.
There were not many visitors this time. However, it gave us a chance to see the individual personalities of the animals we brought to the event. This was the first adoption event for all of them.


Benkei broke the wire-cage and peeked out from it when he first came to ARK.
It seems he had never been confined in crate before. This time he was fine coming/going back from the event as we let him free in the car.
Probably this was his first time in an air conditioned room. He slept so well during the event..
He waited until the event was over before he needed to go to the bathroom outside. Also, he was ok when small children touched him. He was a very good boy all day. He only got excited when a visitor brought their dog into the shop. We can recommend him to first time dog owners!


Pazu was the most energetic one this time. He was hyper throughout the event!!!
He never got tired. If no other dogs played with him, he collected the toys and played by himself.
He is not big, is super friendly and is never afraid of walking in the city. Probably he will be rehomed soon!
One negative point: once he gets really excited he tends to bark and play bite. We hope his new family will train him. He obeys the senior dogs. If a senior dog trains him in a future family, he could be a gentleman♪


She is always active at ARK, but was a bit timid being “inside” for the first time.
She enjoyed walking in the park and outside of the shop. But once she entered the George shop, she peed…!
She was tense during the event. Especially during the busy time, she became timid..
But she is known as a big eater! She could eat treats from anybody. And she never tried to escape when she was held by a visitor. Considering she came to ARK as a stray, she did a great job.


Mojo always hides behind Athena even at ARK.
He was panicky when walking on the busy streets. He has never seen so much traffic. However, he was fine walking in the park. He needs to get used to the atmosphere of a city. He liked sitting in the corner during the event. Even so, he is another big eater. He could come to the center of the room for the treats♪ During treat time he didn’t care who was around!
He also was calm when the visitor held him. He never panicked.
We need to give him socialization training especially to various kinds of sounds.


She doesn’t know the word “timid”. Ayame tried to appeal to all the people passing by saying, “Touch me!”
She became tired in the middle of the event. She tried to stay awake because she wanted to play with everyone. So many visitors fell in love with her. Way to go, Ayame!


Fado is always friendly at ARK, but was a bit tense at her first adoption event.
She tried to hide herself. But once we took her out from her box, she was fine. She could eat and watched the people/dogs at the event.
She didn’t show off her usual active personality. We hope this event was good socialization training for her.

Not many visitors came this time. Maybe people were tired after staying up late for Olympic games?
We did not have an adoption offer, but received the Questionnaire for adoption. We hope we will find a great match for them.

Thank you George OSAKA staff and volunteers!
We will come back again in October!

On 26 Aug, Tokyo ARK has the adoption event “Kitten, kitten, kittens”!

We will have the photo exhibit this year too! From 11th to 16th Sep in Omotesando Hills


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Not only black kittens, colorful kitties are everywhere☆

It’s soooo hot these days…
ARK is in the mountains and it’s usually about 4 degrees cooler than in the city area, but it’s still HOT during the daytime.
Compared to other months, not many people come to adopt cats in August. Only one cat has been rehomed so far this month. However, our kitten population continues to increase!

Black kittens were featured before. This time, we will introduce the team ‘colorful’!

These 7 kittens were abandoned when they were just newborns.

There are four white/brown, two calico and one black/white.
They were well taken care of by a volunteer, so they LOVE people!
“Who taught you that humans are to climb on?” They all try to climb on us.

Bonfire loves people.
When I was taking a picture of other kittens, he ran toward me. “Take my picture too!”
He climbed on my shoulder and kissed me quietly! What a cutie!
“Look! Look at meee!!”

Handsome, Parade.
A bit slow, but he also adores us☆
“I am the better looking one!”

Rex and Bunting look so alike.
Bunting stays in a private room during the night for a pee-condition check.
The single-curve tail is Rex and the double-curve tail is Bunting.

A typical calico do-gooder, Fireworks.
She is always grooming the others.
Bonfire:“No, don’t do that.” Fireworks: “you know, I’m Ms. Clean”

Diamond always climbs on people and falls.
Another typical playful calico. Once she gets a toy, she never leaves it..
She’s not only beautiful but funny too.

Beacon is cheeky.
Sometimes he chews on someone’s foot when they aren’t looking.
“No! I am a good boy!”

Some other cats live together with the kittens.

Spica has beautiful blue eyes and is always cheeky with Beacon.
Whenever he gets what he wants, never lets anybody touch it.
“We are good friends!”

Pavo is watching these playful ones quietly.
Maybe he is overwhelmed by the energy of these 7 kittens.
(Staring into space) “Oh! Sorry, my mind have been somewhere else..”

Then, beautiful Lyla.
Compared to other hyper kittens, I feel like this quiet girl is the best.. ☆
“You know, they are such children...”

These colorful kittens are super adorable right now.
Why don’t you come visit them in cool Nose for a summer getaway?

“Looking forward to seeing you☆”

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Thanks to all who were worried about London (Shih Tzu). She finally found her new home!


She was rescued on March 6, 2012. Her owner could not care for his dogs due to dementia.
So many things happened during the past 5 months.

London got a trimming at ARK. It was the first trim in quite a few years.
Also she had to have surgery to remove both her eyes. She had already lost her sight and the eyes were atrophied.


Aside from losing her eyes, her health was better than the 6 younger dogs we rescued with her. She is calm and we thought she was the best among these Shih Tzus.
However, it is not easy for a blind 12 year old dog to be adopted. We really wanted to give her a chance to have a peaceful life with a family again.
So, we looked for a foster family for London.


A lot of people tweeted and spread the word. A couple of families asked us about London.
In June, London flew to Tokyo to live with a foster family.

In the foster family, she started showing her real character which was not seen in her shelter life.
At the shelter, London was in the staff-room.
She was always sleeping on her favorite mat despite the busy people traffic around her. The news about her at the foster home reminded us of the difference between the family home and the shelter.

At Tokyo ARK staff’s house.
Osaka staff members were surprised to see her change and were a little jealous!
This picture makes us smile even now.

At the foster home:
When she smells food, she comes to the kitchen to beg for some!
The one next to London is also from ARK.
She was rescued from the breeder who went bankrupt due to the earthquake last year.

Thanks to the foster family, she was becoming bright and cheerful London.

During the time the foster family was on vacation, London was taken care of by the foster’s mother.
London became more active during the time with the foster’s mother.
They played tug and slept together under the same blanket. She also got more strength on her back legs due to more exercise and playing.
She became something important to the mother too.

Then, she became a real family member for the foster family.
She got the star-shaped gold nametag that only adopted dogs from ARK can get.
For London, it was worth more than a gold medal!
Congratulations, London!

It must have been a very busy 5 months for her.
She was great to go through it without health issues despite her handicaps: age and blindness.
We thank all of you who supported London.
Thank you very much for your great support!

"Thank you, everyone, I'm really happy☆』

London's son "Frum", grandson "Marton", and "Sazak" in Tokyo are still looking for their own families!

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We all are NO.1!

At ARK, cats live in small groups in different rooms. Each room has a few cats who get along well with each other.
We try not to put too many cats in one room. This is so we can keep an eye on their health. When diarrhea/vomit is found, it is difficult to specify who did it if many cats live together. Also some cats may get sick due the stress of being around too many cats.

There is an area called “Numbers”, and it consists of 5 rooms from No.1 to No.5.
Today we’ll introduce “Team ex-kittens” in Room #1. We have special photos from the time they were rescued!

“Could you tell us why you are #1?”

“I am shy around strangers, but actually I’m the #1 most spoiled cat☺
I know if I keep staring at the staff members, they will hold me.”

Kishimaru1.jpg He was so slow and adorable!

“I think I’m the number one beauty, but the staff says I’m the number one eater!
That’s not nice to say to a lady!
But it’s true, I cannot stop myself when I see food.“

Koi1.jpg She was one of the tiny sisters.

“I’m active, so must be ‘playful number one’!
When I see a toy, there’s no choice but to play!”

Soft1.jpg We cannot imagine the current Soft from this picture: so cautious back then.

“I am not good at approaching visitors because I’m so shy.
But I’m known as the #1 ‘speed eater’! I can eat other’s meals too!”

Bank1.jpg The most timid one among the 5 siblings.

“I LOVE people. Definitely, Friendly #1”!
I once got adopted and slept with my human parents under a warm blanket.
But my cat brother in their house did not like me… When can I sleep under a warm blanket with somebody again?”

Gou1.jpg Little sister Koi already controlled Go.

“I am not sure, but people say I’m the ‘#1 gentle girl’.
My policy is that girls should be feminine. Be elegant, don’t rush.”

Ma-chan.jpg Her sibling, Ta-bo, was adopted in Tokyo.

“I was rescued when I was about 6 months-old.
Everyone thought I would not get used to living with people so my ear was tipped in case I lived outside again. But I kind of want to live with people and now I’m undergoing training to be a ‘house-cat’.
I am sure I will soon be “Easy to take care of #1!’ ”
*Ear-tipping means the feral cat is already “neutered/spayed”

Chi-kun1.jpg Yes, you were afraid of everything.

These cats were born between spring and fall last year.
They were all kittens at the time they were rescued. Back then they were too shy and didn’t get a chance to be adopted. Now they have matured. They look like adults on the outside but still have a kitten playfulness inside. They have had the chance to be socialized and are now very friendly. It is a great time for them to get their forever homes. Please come visit them! Don’t forget to check which one you would like to meet!

And here’s their dinner photo…
CIMG0522.jpg “Bon appetit”, all!
CIMG0535.jpg They ate everything in a minute. Koi’s time to check!
CIMG0543.jpg Bank is waiting for the chance to get some from Ma-chan.
CIMG4114.jpg That’s all for today!

Tokyo ARK is looking for Foster families!

ARK Photo Exhibition 『犬生、猫生、人生。』
from July 31st to August 13th in Kyoto
http://www.arkbark.net/?q=ja/node/4338(JP only)

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2012年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2012年09月