Today’s rescue pet (or in this case the plural pets) are Kuro and Shiro, two free-roaming cats.
Unlike most of our other cats, Kuro and Shiro are in a weird situation. They don’t live within one of our shelters but rather wander freely around the area. They have a garden where we feed them and can socialize with them as well as a volunteer-built shelter in the garden of the volunteer house that they are free to come and go from as they please. The reason for this is down to their pasts. Originally they were both owned by the same masters but the house they were living in burnt down in April 2016. The two of them managed to escape but we never found out about what happened to their original owners. It is a sad tale and it left the two cats terrified of being indoors. When we tried to introduce them to our indoor shelter they clambered to escape and be free. It broke our hearts and in the end we had to let them roam free. They don’t go far so we can still take care of them and we even make them beds so they can live comfortably over the winter.
Kuro is very friendly, often seeking attention and cuddles from the volunteers. It does not require much to gain her trust, unlike Shiro who is very wary of anyone. Shiro tends to stay up in high places where people can’t easily pet him and will only come down for people he really trusts. One of these few people is a woman named Victoria who is a friend of JCN. She lives close by and the two cats adore her. They will follow her as if she was their owner and in turn she shows affection back to them. There is also a lovely elderly woman who owns a few local cats herself. These cats are friends with Kuro & Shiro and so she has no qualms with feeding them from time to time.
We don’t know if these two cats will ever get over their fears of the indoors but we know that they can gain a trust for humans once more. A bit of patience, love and care will go a long way with these two purr pals.
Words by Hannah Davenport. Photography by Fernanda De Icaza.
Snow just arrived in Inawashiro. Addy and Chacha like it very much!
Konnichiwa dear cat lovers! We had very exciting things happening behind the scenes at our Inawashiro pet shelter-apologies for the delays in posting... Just as the seasons change, our amazing JCN volunteers who come from near/far change and we are thankful that they have left their mark in the hearts of the JCN animals or improvements around the shelter. Fortunately, our little furry buddies continue to become friendlier and share the luv with care-taking volunteers and visitors.
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.