Here's what's been happening this spring up at our Fukushima Shelter.
Spring started off with an unpleasant bang: our septic tank desperately needed to be emptied. Thankfully we were able to get a donation to cover that expense. Now our tank is clean and empty.
Next there was the creation of a dump pile of all things broken, shredded and no longer useful at the shelter. With a free dump day coming up we had to take advantage of decluttering the house. Included in that dump pile were old futons, clothing, a broken dog house.
A new volunteer joined us. One say the team took some time one day to clean up the outside of the shelter. In total 6 bags of trash were collected. Additionally we cleaned up two bags worth of broken window glass that was carefully buried in a tarp. One volunteer was careful to remind us to be careful as we picked up the glass. Ironically this is the only volunteer who was wounded by said glass. Tis only a flesh wound and he will be fine. Unfortunately in our cleaning efforts a couple bags of expired cans were found so they have been added to our "dump the cans" collection. Slowly we are opening each can, trashing the contents and cleaning the cans for recycling.
At the end of Golden Week two of our long term kitties were transported down to Tokyo. There Tom can recieve the medical care he needs more easily. With him is Judi, a sweet girl who came along to keep Tom company in his new foster placement. Since Tom and Judi's departure the atmosphere in their room calmed down. The fewer kitties in a room, the more they get along and are willing to play. This is one of the reasons why getting these cats into foster homes is so important to us. Besides, wouldn't you rather have a family all your own instead of a bunch of roommates?
Most recently we had visitors from Australia drop by for a visit. I sure hope they enjoyed their time with our kitties.
If you would like to donate to Tom's vet bills, or help to feed the kitties at the shelter we would appreicate anything you are willing to share. https://japancatnetwork.org/donate 100 yen for a can of food. 6000 yen for a vet visit.
Words by Hannah Davenport. Photography by Fernanda De Icaza.
Tokyo 2 Tohoku fundraisers visit the shelter, the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese raise funds for JCN, and Jim feeds more cows.
In order to thank our amazing volunteers, we have decided to start introducing them to you. Today, our volunteer under the spotlight is the forever happy Rai-Lee.