Tokyo 2 Tohoku fundraisers visit the shelter, the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese raise funds for JCN, and Jim feeds more cows.
As the March 11 disaster anniversary approaches, Japan Cat Network and other disaster-related organisations across the country are working to remind everyone that the road to recovery is still ongoing. We hosted the Tokyo 2 Tohoku endurance challenge team on Thursday night as part of their adventure raising awareness and funds for the children of Onagawa, Fukushima prefecture. Find out more about their journey on their website, and watch our highlight video below to see what they got up to here at the shelter.
Even four years after the disaster the animals of Fukushima still need your help. Japan Cat Network continues to rescue and rehome pets, and assist in saving the lives of all kinds of animals (like cows in the evacuated zone) still stranded or suffering as a result of the disaster. You can save lives by donating to support Japan Cat Network’s work.
Our wonderful transporter Jim dropped by again on Sunday with shelter supplies and produce to feed cows in the evacuated area. This time he brought his lovely wife Sandy, who told us a few fun stories about Jim we’re sure we wouldn’t have heard from him! We’re so thankful for the time and energy Jim puts into driving all the way up to Fukushima to support Japan Cat Network and haul hay to feed cows.
We’ve received word that the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese’s Tohoku convention in Sendai raised approximately ¥42,000 through selling our calendars and shirts and collecting donations. Those funds will make a massive difference in helping keep the shelter running in top form. Thank you to Louise from AFWJ for arranging everything!
Plenty of fresh new faces arrived at the shelter this week. New volunteers Ulla from Finland, Louise from Belgium, and Monste and Ismael from Spain have joined the team. They’ve brought amazing new energy to animal care and shelter maintenance.
There’s always more to do to help people helping pets here at Japan Cat Network. For every little bit more we can do, the more animals can receive help, the better the future gets for the animals of Fukushima.
In order to thank our amazing volunteers, we have decided to start introducing them to you. Today, our volunteer under the spotlight is Ben. A gamer, skateboarder, and animal lover, from Germany. He's currently volunteering at JCN Inawashiro.
A day in the life of a Japan Cat Network volunteer as told by Jojo a current volunteer at the Fukushima shelter.
Judith Baldwin has been involved with JCN since 2012, a year after the natural & nuclear disasters in Northeastern Japan. She’s been volunteering and helping the JCN shelter in many different ways. We’re lucky to have her with us this month at the Inawashiro shelter. Here’s a glimpse of her journey with JCN.
We say goodbye to a few volunteers, and welcome lots of guests!