2012年12月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2013年02月




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Fleaur, the cat of cats

Fleaur is a female cat, probably 2 – 3 years old.


One day, she showed up and stayed in front of someone’s house even though the owner of that house never fed her.
The family lives in a residential area and were worried that a neighbor might call the local animal control center to pick up her. So they brought her to a park far away from the house. But a few days later, the cat was again sitting in front of their house.
The family took her into the house, but they cannot keep her as their child is allergic to cats. They called ARK for help.

Fleaur has been friendly from the first day they found her.
Whenever a family member came out of the house, she came to get attention. She showed her belly and insisted they rub it! After being taken inside, she never scratched the walls and used the litter box perfectly. It was obvious that she belonged to somebody before.

(2 months after she came to ARK: she was skinny)

The family who found her told us she had bleeding between her legs. A vet said it was probably due to ”pyometra”. If it is pyometra, an urgent operation is needed or it would be life threatening. ARK agreed to take her in right away and took her to the vet…In fact, the bleeding was because she had recently given birth.

So was she was abandoned because she gave birth? What happened to her kittens? Were they separated from their mother just after they were born??
We will never know the real reason or what happened to the kittens. But we do know Fleaur has had a litter of kittens and was soon separated from them.

“What happened to my babies?…”

After arriving at ARK we found she doesn’t like other cats. This could be due to her recently becoming a mother. To help her, we put her in a single room. The single room is where new cats stay after being spayed/neutered. It is small and that might have caused her additional stress. She started scratching her fur. So she was moved to a room where usually 4-5 cats can live.

”It was spacious and good. But not many people pass by…”

But we don’t have many rooms large rooms left because rescue requests are coming in everyday. Next she was moved to a single room in our office area. It is 1 week after the move and so far, so good. It seems like she does not have much stress. This place is not that bad for people loving Fleaur. It is a busy area with many people passing by her.

”Staff members seem to love playing with me to get rid of their stress.”」

Usually, it takes long for an adult cat to adjust to a new place. But there has been no problem with her from the first day! She eats her meal as usual and gets spoiled as usual. She is a girl who has been through a lot

But she may start scratching her fur again if she lives here too long. We cannot stop worrying about the “what ifs.” We have recommended her to all the people who plan to have only one cat. But she has not been adopted yet. Is it because of her black color? Or the play bite she does when she’s excited? Or because she does not like having her nails cut??

She is a black cat, but if you look deep into her fur, you will see white fur too. Stylish Fleaur! May we call her “charcoal gray”?


And her fancy footwork is adorable!
When she feels good, she purrs and makes steps, sometimes she opens her “left” paw again and again. You will never get bored watching her.


She loves to eat and get spoiled. Then she curls up in her box and goes to sleep as if to say, “I am full.” Once she goes to sleep she never wakes up even if we prod her. She loves attention but she also likes her private time. She will be fine is left alone for a while at home.

We really hope someone reading this will see what a great cat she is. Even if you can’t take her, please pass on her story to your friends. She is in our office area so please stop by and visit her!

”When my new family will come to pick me up?”

ARK photo exhibit in Shiga : Open on Sat, Sun & national holidays☆

on Feb 9th (Sat) Adoption event at Komazawa, Tokyo☆

on Feb 10th (Sun) Adoption event at GREENDOG, Kobe☆ Fleaur will join!

Donation Request: The 18 dachshunds eat pH controlled dog food due to struvite crystals formation. If you have extra at home, please send some to ARK!

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Nano and Piko

We got a call in August 2012 saying some puppies had been abandoned in a parking lot of a cemetery. All of them were females and all looked like they would be big dogs. We have heard that male puppies are more popular than female puppies in the countryside because people worry about the female getting pregnant. Sadly, spaying is not yet common in the countryside.

Probably these puppies were abandoned after male ones were adopted.
ARK planned to take them all in for spaying, but the woman who found them found new families for two of them. She promised to make sure they got spayed.

The two remaining, Nano and Piko, came to ARK. They were around 4 months old at the time.
Their paws looked like baseball gloves! We were sure they were going to be big dogs.

Piko’s back legs make her look like she has some Shepherd in her.

Nano has a gentle and sweet look. Maybe Tervuren in you?

Both were cheerful and energetic little puppies. We thought they would be adopted soon.♪ But it’s been 5 months already and they are both still living in ARK.

Now they are about 9 months old and they weigh over 17 kilos. Look at them!

Both are really smart which makes us again think they have some Shepherd in them. They know who is taking them on walks. During their walks they are learning not to pull on the leash and not to bark at other dogs.
One thing that we worry about is that they haven’t put on much weight. Maybe they get too excited at ARK. Shepherds are loyal and smart. We are sure they will be good girls if they get to have their own families.

Ms.Oliver thought they need more exercise so we took them to dog-run at Sasayama, new shelter construction site.


They live in separate kennels at ARK because they get too excited when they are together. They had a lot of fun running after each other at the dog run♪


One staff member, who usually does not take care of them, tried to walk Nano to see if she pulls on the leash.
Nano always looks back when you call her name♪

She was a good girl throughout the walk. She did not care about other dogs that barked at her. When she saw a little bird, Nano sniffed a little.
When someone gave her a little stick, she put it in her mouth and walked. I said you are such a cutie many times.

“I love to walk on snow”

We knew that Piko gets along with children from the Adoption event. We believe it is time for them to be adopted. If you are looking for a big dog please come to ARK and see them. They will make loving family members!

“I’ll be a good girl!”

ARK photo exhibit in Shiga : Open on Sat, Sun & national holidays☆

Donation Request: The 18 dachshunds eat pH controlled dog food due to struvite crystals formation. If you have extra at home, please send some to ARK!

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Adoption event report☆at GREENDOG on the 6th of Jan. (Sun)

A little bit late to say this but…… Happy New Year!
How were your holidays?
During this holiday season, many visitors came to ARK and many animals found their new homes! Many thanks to the adopters and we wish you and your new family member from ARK a wonderful life ahead!

We had our first adoption event of 2013 at GREENDOG Kobe.
We did not expect many visitors because that day was the last day of the school holidays.
But, to our surprise, we had so many visitors our questionnaires ran out! (Sorry to those who did not get one). We are so grateful to have so many people who want to adopt our animals.

Since we were busier than expected, we didn’t have enough time to take many pictures, but we will show you a few that we did get♪

From the Dax rescue, the slowest one “Squib”, timid one “Tristram” and cute one “Miniver” joined the event.


Squib is a big eater. He is still shy, but he could eat food from a visitor’s hand.
He is getting used to people at ARK and the event was a good chance for him to socialize.

Tristram played a chasing game with a staff member who took care of him for a short period. If he is rehomed, he will get along with the new owner really soon.

This time, Miniver was the most popular and many people offered to adopt her. One of the families will come to ARK for adoption procedures. Congrats, Miniver!!

This dachshund family has 9 females and 9 males, and 9 black-tans. A well-balanced family! The black and tan faces are so beautiful. The brown faces are so cute and the staff members adore them.

And from Team Puppies, “Black Bess” and “Gallorette” joined.

They were a bit nervous because it was their first time out in the town.
Both were not too timid and could eat food during the event. It was a great socializing experience for little puppies.

They got so tired and finally fell asleep! (Miniver loves puppies and slept together with them♪)

And Gallorette found her new family at the event!
She was adopted by a staff member of GREENDOG. We are looking forward to seeing her at the events in the future♪

Kinchaku" kept playing with a toy by himself.

He wore a tie for the event, but there was no offer for him…
Is it because he is a bit bigger than the average Yorkshire Terrier? Or because he is older than the dachshunds?
I know you were pushed out of a staff member’s apartment when the dachshund family was taken in, but hang in there! We can wait at ARK until someone comes to pick you up!

Our medium sized rep was "Sirius".

Although he is considered medium sized, he is a bit on the small side. We thought Sirius would find a forever family quickly, but he gives a bad impression to visitors at ARK when he barks over the fence. He joined the event for the first time and was a little timid. He quietly tried to get attention. He showed off his belly and let children touch him. We are now confident that he is a dog we can recommend without hesitation. One staff member even commented that he is so adorable….

You are such a cutie, Sirius. We will find your forever home♪

And the cat team was “Nion”&”Beith”, two sisters.

They are already 7 months old and it is natural if they are sensitive to environmental changes. But attending the event was no problem for them. They ate their meals and even eyed the dog food!

“Give me some!”

No visitors were looking for cats this time. But we can recommend them to a first time owner as they are not shy at all.

It was the first time in a long time to have so many visitors at the event.
We hope many people will come to our Adoption event at GEORGE Osaka in February too.
Thank you so much to all the visitors and to the GREENDOG staff!
We will be back in March♪

ARK photo exhibit in Shiga : Open on Sat, Sun & national holidays☆

The recently rescued 18 dachshunds eat pH controlled dog food due to struvite crystals formation. If you have extra at home, please send some to ARK!

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2012年12月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2013年02月