Greetings from a Winter Wonderland! Also known as Inawashiro. Keep reading to catch up with what’s been happening at the JCN shelter.
February started off with a new volunteer, Karoline from Germany joining Laura & Pierre to help at the shelter. The three of them braved the cold weather by bundling up and starting off the heaters, while Addy & Chacha frolicked in the snow during every walking session.
In spite of the cold, the stunning beauty of the Inwashiro countryside is nowhere close to lost. In fact, it takes on a different, more magical appearance that we truly appreciate.
Beautiful no doubt, but the snow does give the shelter some trouble every winter. This year, one of the shelter wall was giving us problems. The snow outside the shelter turned into icicles, & after a while it started to melt. The cold water seeped inside and caused the beds near the window to dampen. That’s when Michie Sato & her extremely helpful father came to our rescue! The easiest solution suggested was to break the smaller icicles as soon as they formed, before they could melt.
This has been an on going process everyday since then. Next comes roof painting and repairs once the snow melts completely, so that we can try & avoid such drastic window leakage in the future. Any new ideas to deal with this situation, as well as donations for the repairs are very welcome!
Mid February, Pierre left the gang and set off on a new adventure to Kyoto to volunteer at JCN there. We’ll see him again at the end of March in Inawashiro.
Himanshi, a new volunteer from India & Rai-lee from United Kingdom have just joined the JCN Shelter. Laura, Karol, Himanshi & Rai-lee now spend their days socializing with the shy cats and making sure that all the animals at the shelter are warm, clean, well fed, & happy.
More updates on our furry friends very soon! Keep a close eye on this website for more. Also, don’t forget to like/follow us on social media for quick updates.
Help us run the shelter by donating at japancatnetwork.org/donate.
Turns out, if you're a GUY with 15 cats, you're cool! OK, you have to have a really really great cat play house, as well...But, seriously, hats off to Peter Cohen for rescuing these kitties and for giving them one AMAZING home :-)
In case you don't already have enough cat beds...Basically, what's NOT a cat bed in your place, other than maybe the CAT beds? So here's a great way to trick your cat into thinking that this is not the CAT bed. This is a SUITCASE (cool!) or a COMPUTER (way cool!) or a WINE BARREL (wait, what?).
Our cats of the week are Yumi and Cassie for being so brave at the vets!
This week we said to three of our long term volunteers; Oranne, Basile and Hugo