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JCN Cats - Then & Now


Author: Amazing Jcn Shelter Volunteer

Posted on March 17, 2017 1:02pm

11th of March this week marked the sixth anniversary of the 2011 natural & nuclear disasters in northeastern Japan.

The JCN Inawashiro Shelter was established in May 2011 to rescue animals that were left behind by the residents who were evacuated and forced to leave behind their animals. We continue to serve the people and animals of Fukushima whose lives remain overturned.


Co-incidentally, we had our longtime volunteer Judith Baldwin from Australia, join us at the Inawashiro shelter again this week. It was fascinating to hear about her previous volunteer experiences with JCN. We went back in time thanks to her stories and learnt about how it all started.

Judith gave us fascinating insights on some of our currents rescue animals and their previous behaviours.

The most surprising one was Simon’s transition from being a shy, aloof and slightly aggressive kitty to being the cuddliest one in our shelter. He loves both humans and kitties now and is always looking for love & attention.Image titleThen there’s Mizu. He was found near the Inwashiro shelter. Some of the shelter volunteers saw him roaming the areas but found it hard to get too close. Then one day, they found the trash can turned upside down and the volunteers guessed that Mizu must’ve come around looking for food. They put a trap in the area where he was frequently seen. Baiting with food turned out to be a successful plan and he was easily caught. The volunteers noticed that he was starving since he ate 4 full bowls of food in one sitting. He looked at the volunteers aggressively and refused to be handled. However, he also hated being alone and started to cry really loudly everytime he was left by himself.

Today, Mizu is still a shy kitty that enjoys being under the bed most of the day. We do still see him every now and then, passing by curiously when we play with the other cats.

Next, we’ll tell you about Tom. He is a friendly but timid cat who is not aggressive towards people, however he doesn’t love to be handled. You can approach slowly and stroke him gently on the head around feeding time.

 Below are some photos of the time when Tom was rescued from the restricted zone.Image title

Photos taken by Susan Roberts.

Here's our happy Tom today.

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We, the volunteers are very fortunate to have the opportunity to care for these animals.

You can aid in the improvement of the cats by adopting/fostering them or by being a monthly sponsor for a kitty. We’ll send you regular updates about the kitty you sponsor. You can even drop by our Inawashiro shelter to show some love to the animals.