Celebrating our wonderful volunteers with a big night out, thanking this week's amazing donors, and heading out to help residents in Fukushima's evacuated areas.
What do you do when four fantastic volunteers are about to leave? Celebrate their hard work, of course! We took everyone out for a big night out to say thank you for their help.
The night before Ulla (Finland), Louise (Belgium), and Niels and Astrid (Denmark) headed off on their next travel destinations, we headed out to an izakaya (Japanese pub) in Inawashiro. The staff may have been a little surprised to see a group of seven foreigners, plus Mari and Aoi, arrive on a quiet Thursday night in this little mountainside town.
When we’re running short of supplies to care for the cats and dogs in the shelter, we often put out a call for help. This week we told you that we were short on kitty litter - and you answered with amazing generosity. Twenty-nine bags of kitty litter arrived, plus cat food and dog treats! Thank you!
Our thanks also go out to the American Heritage Girls of Japan who collected donations of pet food, grooming supplies, towels and bedding for our shelter. Look how happy the cats and dogs are with their care packages!
Trusty supporter Jim brought us the American Heritage Girls donations before heading out to the evacuated area of Fukushima for another cow feeding trip. Residents are still working hard, four years after the disaster, to help the animals stuck in the evacuated area, rebuild their lives, and help each other. It’s an amazing strength to be able to spare time and energy to help others when you have plenty of your own struggles to work with.
There’s still many cats, dogs and other animals out in the evacuated area who need your help! Please consider donating to Japan Cat Network so we can keep helping as many animals in Fukushima as possible.
We say goodbye to a few volunteers, and welcome lots of guests!
Our Sweet Soirèe benefit is running the whole month of February. Check out our new video to learn more!
Our cats of the week are Yumi and Cassie for being so brave at the vets!
Words by Hannah Davenport. Photography by Fernanda De Icaza.