The snow has cleared the sun is shining and the volunteer team are taking the opportunity to tidy.
Spring has arrived in Inawashiro. The snow is gone, the sun is shining, the days are warmer...and there's lots to do.
The volunteer team have been spending the last couple of weeks making the most of the improved weather to give the shelter a good spring clean. One of our biggest tasks was sorting through our collection of cages, dog houses and cat carriers. We waited for a sunny day and then it was all hands on deck.
We also took the time to give our outdoor storage some love. The shed was given new perspex windows to keep everything dry. We then sorted and tidied to make all our equipment more easily accessible.
Everything outside to be cleaned and sorted:
Of course no update would be complete without some news about the cats (and dogs!).
The cats in Cat Room A are best friends and using teamwork to keep warm in the evenings
Fay is leading the charge towards a more sociable and friendly Cat Room B. All the volunteer team are committed to socialising our more-wary cats and we are beginning to see real progress. Fay was previously hard to approach and very wary, but with a lot of patience (and a few treats) she is now approaching us!
Cat Room C continues to be a permanent playroom with Chibi and Tart tiring everyone out with their never-ending energy
We also said good-bye to a long-term volunteer Laurin who had given a lot of his time to the animals. Luckily it was his birthday just before he left, so we were able to celebrate and thank him. Cha Cha lead the celebrations!
The work continues, as we move from tidying and sorting to enhancing and improving. Next challenge is to further upgrade each of our cat rooms and to make them an even more fun feline space. We look forward to sharing that work with you very soon!
Nikki is a sweet heart that was rescued from starvation in Fukushima.
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.
Latest additions to JCN Kyoto - sweet brothers Pina and Cola!
This week we said to three of our long term volunteers; Oranne, Basile and Hugo