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3/21 (Sunday) Adoption☆Event Report

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An adoption event was held at the KENKEN CLUB in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, on March 21st (Sunday). The venue of the event, KENKEN CLUB, is the classroom of instructor Tsuda-sensei, who does training for some of ARK's doggies.

The adoption event was held in part to mark the re-opening of the KENKEN CLUB.
A panel exhibition marking ARK's 20th anniversary was also on display.
The bright and spacious classroom made our 2-legged and 4-legged friends feel wonderfully free.



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When visitors arrived, everyone went to welcome them.
Clown even made sure to see everyone off as they left.

Let me introduce the stars of this event!


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Non-chan
Male, 4 years old, about 20kg
When people or other dogs pass by the kennel at ARK, Non-chan tends to get over-excited and howl, leaving a not-so-great impression. He hasn't been able to find a foster home and has already been living at ARK for 3 years.
He's actually easygoing and kind to both people and other dogs. He's so cute when he goes up to people and rubs his big body against them. I have no doubt that whoever lives with Non-chan will find his presence a real comfort.


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See how calm and gentle he is around children too?


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Guinness
Male, 4 months old, about 5 kg (will most likely grow into a medium-sized dog)
Guinness is one of 4 puppies who were abandoned in front of ARK at the end of last year.
Due to his weak condition, prolonged medical treatment took up precious time that should have been spent on his socialization. We were worried about how he would behave at the adoption event.
To our pleasant surprise, he begged to be held, ate snacks and wanted to be spoiled. He was occasionally afraid of a visitor's bag and barked at a few people, but he indulged in playing with toys and seemed to have fun.



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Clown
Male, estimated to be 7-8 years old, about 6 kg
After being in a traffic accident and becoming a stray, Clown was rescued. From the first day he arrived at ARK, he was in good spirits and was happily running around in circles. However, one look at his x-rays surprised us. His pelvis was split in two and he was suffering from a dislocated femur. His injuries were successfully treated through surgery, and all he needs to do now is to strengthen his muscles through regular exercise. He had a serious case of external otitis (an ear infection), but now he's all better. It's hard to imagine what kind of life he's led, but we feel sure his positive nature will help him find happiness.



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At the adoption event, there was a family who expressed interest in cheerful, friendly Clown, but their child showed allergic symptoms and they tearfully had to cancel the adoption. It was very unfortunate since their child seemed to enjoy playing with dogs and they seemed to be a good match.
How truly sad it is to like dogs, but to have allergies to them.



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Cashew
Female, 2 months old, about 2.5 kg (will most likely grow into a medium-sized dog)
Cashew is one of 4 sisters who comes to our office and goes for exciting walks. This time around, she participated solo in the event, without her siblings or the staff who are usually in charge of her. She had already started quivering in the car on the way to the event.


At the event, when other dogs would come near her, at times she would growl. Actually for the past few days, she's been placed together with older dogs in an outdoor kennel, where the older Guinness bullied Cashew and her siblings a bit. She wailed dramatically when that happened, and perhaps that fearful memory had been implanted in her mind. On top of all this, she was dealing with nerves and anxiety, which may have caused her to reach her limit.

For a while, we kept her away from other dogs and held her until she adjusted to her environment.


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Earth
Male, 1 year old
Because cats are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment and tend to hide when participating in adoption events or get sick when the stress is overwhelming, selecting a cat to participate is quite difficult.
But Earth was relaxed from start to finish. Once he arrived, he ate all his breakfast and begged to be held by everyone who came by. He was twisting and turning in the cage and almost fell over.



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He reacted happily when children played with him with the cat toys.
Clown would bark at him sometimes, but he was as steady as a rock and remained very relaxed.
He's also friendly to other cats.



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When there was a lull in the action, Non-chan and Guinness took naps.


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Towards the end, Cashew was able to relax and play with the other dogs in the same space. She was able to assert herself better with Guinness, and in turn, Guinness no longer picked on her, but instead backed off.


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Watching the two of them made me think, "Each dog, in their own head, has their own thoughts going round and round that make them act the way they do..." and "So, this is how they grow up..." This idea increased my affection for them.

A sub-plot has developed: when Cashew came to our office afterwards, she wasn't afraid of the other dogs and didn't cower when they barked at her.



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Unfortunately, this adoption event didn’t yield any adoptions, but holding the adoption event at a new place where lots of people visited will no doubt lead to many fruitful encounters.
(When there were lots of people, I was busy attending to them and couldn't take many pictures.)


Osaka ARK is planning to hold adoption events at GREEN DOG in even-numbered months and at KENKEN CLUB in odd-numbered months.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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