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.
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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.
In order to thank our amazing volunteers, we have started introducing them to you. Today, one of our ex-volunteers is here to tell you about her time at the shelter. Laura volunteered at JCN Inawashiro for 7 months, putting her name in our list of long-term volunteers.
Three legged Fukushima rescue Ippo, now Michael, is loving his cozy life.
Here's what's been happening this spring up at our Fukushima Shelter.