July 22, 2011
According to one of the vets who participated in the last weekend rescue effort, VAFFA has actually rescued 27 dogs and 22 cats in total. The next two missions are now scheduled to take place on August 5-7 and August 19-21.
It appears that some volunteers’s ideas of rescuing dogs and cats or their behaviors were not what VAFFA appreciated or expected. As it’s under the surveillance of the government, VAFFA needed to follow certain rules. Some volunteers didn’t act professionally, such as going inside evacuees’ houses in shoes, which is a taboo in Japan, and opening shelves and drawers in someone’s houses or trying to ‘rescue’ a dog that was not supposed to be removed as the owner had his way of having the dog fed (he may be going inside the zone himself?)
As the government isn’t doing the way the people of Japan want them to, things that should be done are: 1) to continue writing letters to the Kan prime minister, 2) VAFFA continues its missions, 3) other rescue groups sneak inside the zone without the permit and continue rescuing the animals, and 4) ordinary people like us send in financial/food donations to organizations that help these animals.
July 21, 2011
So, why did 15 vets and 35 volunteers managed to rescue only 15 cats and 5 dogs on a 2-day mission? VAFFA says that it was meant to find and rescue those that were requested by the pet owners, those animals that couldn’t be found at home when they returned back for a 2-hour visit. However, we all remember VAFFA initially said the mission was to rescue whatever roaming dogs and cats they would find on the street… ?
According to VAFFA, there were ‘inexperienced volunteers’ whose ideas of rescuing animals were not in line with that of their’s. Whatever the reason, things are rather vague about what really happened, I haven’t found any clear or understandable explanation of why they were not able to rescue more than 20 dogs and cats. It is very obvious to everyone, who has been following the stories and news or who have been rescuing these lonely dogs and cats, that the number ’20’ is an extremely disappointing figure.
From reading various sources, there is also a story that some vets didn’t treat the volunteers right. It looks a bit of drama going on there.
Many NGOs and individuals are upset and that there are more voices that they would not trust any govrenment-related efforts in helping out these left-alone pets inside the 20km no-go zone.
VAFFA announced just yesterday that they will be carrying out the second mission as soon as the second shelter is ready to accept animals, hopefully in the beginning of August. They are accepting applications from vets who wants to join this mission.
Let’s see what they have learnt from this mission and I’m counting on them, please don’t let us down! I’m sure Mr. Natsuhori, a vet who is leading this mission, is determined to work things out next time.
July 17, 2011
Weather in Fukushima: 35 c, very hot!
The rescue finished at 12 noon so they could spend their afternoon to thoroughly examine dogs and cats they rescued yesterday, including giving vaccination.
Result of the rescue on July 17: None
Of course, some NPOs and individuals are questioning why 50 people could only rescue 20 animals. There must be some good reasons for this, as the leader of the project is known to be a vet who really cares about animals.
July 16, 2011
About 3 weeks ago, the Japanese government announced that they would expand the scale of rescuing dogs and cats from within the Fukushima nuclear no-go zone, for fear of dogs turning into wild as well as for hygienic reason.
This project is led by VAFFA (Veterinary Association For Fukushima Animals). 50 vets and volunteers were divided into 15 groups, with each in 2 cars, and headed inside the danger zone for the first time today, July 16, 2011.
The rescue schedule was from 09:30-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 and the screening time was set at 17:00
The hottest temperature in Fukushima on July 16, 2011: 28c (82.4F)
RESULT of the first day: 5 dogs and 15 cats were rescued.
The radiatoin level for dogs showed higher in the screening test more than that of the cats, but they were all within the ok range and didn’t require cleaning. None of them got hurt and today’s activity ended safely.
Why not many were rescued? Many individuals who sneak inside the zone to rescue dogs and cats have been saying that because the weather is so hot lately, they are not in their sight during the day time, and as soon as the sun sets they start to appear. However, today’s temperature is not too high I would say…
The next mission is happening tomorrow and the members are meeting up earlier than today at 4:30 am.