Host Families For Disaster Evacuee Pets

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    A short news video shows two cats from Fukushima who will be living with a “host family” in Kyoto:

    The cats’ family found a new apartment after the March 11th disaster, but it does not allow pets. Until the family can find better housing, volunteers will take care of their cats.

    During the filming of the report, one of the cats broke loose from his carry case and ran away. With the help of some food, the cat’s owner is able to calm him down and recapture him. It seems that the relocation has been quite stressful for the cats, and they’ll need some time to readjust to their new surroundings.

    If you live in Kyoto and want to volunteer as a host for evacuee pets, check out this page for details.

    In related news, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Baba Animal Hospital in Kawasaki city (near Tokyo) is looking for people willing to adopt pets that used to live in the Fukushima Daiichi exclusion zone. Some of the pets hade been completely abandoned, while others have been given to animal welfare facilities by reluctant owners who no longer had the ability to care for them.

    There are currently over 50 such pets being held in cages at a facility in Fukushima prefecture. The animal hospital in Kawasaki has been accepting transfers of a few pets at a time. After conducting health checks on the animals, they try to find new owners in the Kawasaki area.

    The article lists 044-777-1271 as the telephone number for the animal hospital ( Japanese speakers only – it does not say anything about staff who can understand English).

    Microsoft Japan has set up a similar project, called MSN Pet Search. It provides a listing of rescued pets that are looking for their previous families, as well as pets that require new families.

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