We say goodbye to a few volunteers, and welcome lots of guests!
The snow is starting to melt as the weather warms up, bringing waves of visitors to the shelter.
This week we’ve said goodbye to two volunteers: Natalie from Vermont, who was with us for two and a half weeks; and Jordan from England, who changed his flights to stay for a total of nearly three months! Jordan built a great rapport with Addy and Chacha, plus went up to knock ice of the roof nearly every day to stop ceiling leaks. We wish them both safe travels back to their homes.
Last weekend long-time supporters Paul, Ryan, Henare and Tom dropped by for the day to donate legumes, cereal and jam for the volunteers’ pantry, share stories about Japan, and enjoy Paul’s hearty vegetable stew.
This weekend Jim came back with more supplies for us - we were really excited to receive fresh vegetables and fantastic almond milk. In addition, he brought a truck to move donated hay and a crew of helpers to feed a herd of cows stuck in an evacuated zone. Jim was joined by JCN Director Susan, friends and supporters of JCN Seven and Andrew, and shelter volunteer Steven.
While they were out, the rest of us were pleasantly surprised when two young women popped in to see what they could do to help out. They had seen one of our flyers (created by local supporter Seiko) in our favourite burger joint Hero Burger just down the road from the shelter. These lovely ladies kindly donated cat food and treats, and met those of the fluffy residents who weren’t already occupied with their afternoon nap.
Preparations are under way for next weekend’s Sweet Soirèe sugar cookie party at the shelter. We’d love for you to join us - check out our Facebook event page for more details.
Most animal lovers understand that our world is far from perfect. Having seen the highs and lows of caring about our four legged friends, we’ve decided that the human animal relationship is a worthy investment. Every new year brings new lessons and new challenges. Looking ahead, here are some ideas for putting our best paws forward.
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.
For the purpose of making her more social, Fay is being fostered by Jojo and Nick, in Kyoto. Hear from Nick himself about his experience so far with Fay, and learn how you can make a shy cat more social too.
The statue of the much-loved Japanese dog Hachiko is a constant reminder of the forever bond between humans and animals. Read the Rocket News report about a beautiful new statue going up at University Tokyo's campus, finally reuniting Hachiko and his long awaited papa Hidesaburo Ueno.