Nekosama Okoku (Kingdom of Dear Cats) just returned from Fukushima for yet again another rescue effort with two people from other organizations.
Wedecided to break into two groups and I (Nekosama Okoku) went on my own to look for cats whose owners/evacuees requested her to look for.
As I was driving in pitch dark, I saw a cat sitting in the middle of a road indistance. After some struggle, I managed to catch the cat.
Because of malnutrition, the cat’s fur has started to turn into reddish-brown.
As I came close to one of the houses I was asked to go to, I heard a cat meowing from inside the house. I was told that the cat tends to stay in/around the house, and thought it’s almost certain that this was the wanted cat.
As I continued to look for a cat ‘Choco’, there were cats and cats and cats..
The all meow so loud as if to tell me they are there…
They are starving and lonely…
Should we prioritize weak and injured ones?
Or should we rescue those that come to us and stay?
At one point, there is always a moment when I have to decide ‘I’d only feed him today, and it’ll be next time I’d rescue this cat out of the area’.
There was a cat whose one leg got stuck in the collar.
I tried to get her patiently…, but it disappeared.
In the meantime a cat appeared and was waiting for me by the car, meowing loudly as if to tell me ‘I’m here! I’m here!’.
So I rescued both of them.
Unfortunately I was not able to get any cats I was requested to catch this time.
Then I got a call from another group, telling me a dog has been caught in a cat trap. A dog inside the little cage?
He wasn’t able to sit properly from these injuries…
We named him ‘Esper’.
We were convinced that he was meant to be brought out of the area.
Since our organization is for cats only, we asked one of the ladies at the ‘Nyanda Guard’ organization. The dog would be taken to a vet clinic soon.
As of end September, we will have to pay for the toll-way again (toll fare was exempted for vehicles whose owners were affected by the disaster). There are still hard times coming not only for Fukushima but also for Miyagi and Iwate.
Although I haven’t met, there are many individual volunteers who go inside the no-go zone on a weekly basis. There are less NGOs working in the area now. The animals have been barely making it, but what’s going to happen later?
Animals that are called pets are living with humans as it’s a normal way.
They used to curl up on futon when the weather got chill and slept by their owners’ pillow or feet at night.
It depresses me when I think of these…
This is ‘Lucky’ we rescued the last time. His one leg was stuck in the collar that one of his underarms was badly injured.