It's been such a great start to the year that we want to share what's going on at the Inawashiro shelter with you!
Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s already more than a month into the year! It’s been a great start to the year at Japan Cat Network.
We’ve got a full house of volunteers at the moment - Jordan from the UK, who has been here since December; Natalie from Vermont, USA; Steven from Brisbane, Australia; Vanessa from Texas, USA; and April from Brisbane, Australia. Vanessa and April (that’s me!) are admin interns at the shelter.
That’s in addition to long-term volunteer Mari from Ibaraki, Japan. She takes us grocery shopping, sightseeing, and around town, and helps us navigate life in Japan.
Visitors are always welcome at the shelter, and we’ve welcomed quite a few JCN supporters so far this year.
Last month our movie night fundraiser brought friends from all around to watch Castle in the Sky while enjoying burgers from local Hiro Burger. Our friends from Tochigi prefecture stayed the whole weekend to enjoy Inawashiro’s snowboarding, onsen and of course hanging out with the cats and dogs in the shelter. Jolanta made hot wine (perfect in winter) and Taichi made yakisoba for everyone while we shared stories of our international adventures.
Last week Jim brought stacks and stacks of American food donations from the military base. Storing the boxes of Gatorade on our porch in the middle of winter means we’ve got a steady supply of ice slushies. Definitely one to drink while keeping warm under the kotatsu! Jim is bringing yet another truck of donations tomorrow. What a champion!
We’re super lucky to have friends in nearby Aizu-Wakamatsu and Koriyama who visit us and help us out with looking after the shelter and running events.
Speaking of events - have you signed up for A Sweet Soirèe? There’s no shortage of hugs for the cats and dogs at the shelter, but we desperately need funds to keep them fed, warm and healthy. You can help them by using any kind of small get-together to help raise that money we need to neuter a kitten, keep their heaters running during winter, and proper quality food in their tummies. Check out our events page for more information!
Volunteers building a fence for the dogs so they can get more fresh air and sunshine!
Kitten covered in mouse trap glue and left out in the rain to die is now happy and searching for a permanent home.
Most animal lovers understand that our world is far from perfect. Having seen the highs and lows of caring about our four legged friends, we’ve decided that the human animal relationship is a worthy investment. Every new year brings new lessons and new challenges. Looking ahead, here are some ideas for putting our best paws forward.
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.