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HELP!! Pigs and Cows to be killed in Fukushima right now!!

This is a plea from me as an individual activist for Fukushima animals.

I need your big favor!!
Would you please please send your voice to the Ministry of Environment?
Inside Fukushima 20 km zone, ALL PIGS and cows without identification tag are been killed right this moment
The Ministry official call them Walking debris and no intension of stop the killing.
What's worse, the ministry will forever close the 20km zone soon. There will be NO 2nd chance for our rescue mission in Fukushima.
Please! Please help us spread the word.


Email form is here

email address: moe@env.go.jp


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The Hachiko Coaliion HAVE RECIEVED CONFIRMATION THAT ALL SURVIVING PIGS WITHIN THE 20 KM ZONE WILL BE KILLED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS OF RIGHT NOW.
The 20 km zone is coming closer to closing permanently. The Government has stated that a mass rescue will be underway shortly. But, they will be selective on who they do or dont rescue, after speaking with multiple sources on the ground and recieving the confirmation of the pig slaughter just moments ago. The Government of Japan are competing for the title of Largest Kill Shelter in the World!


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One of our rescued dog found his owner!!

Great News!

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On January 12th, one of our FUKUSHIMA rescued dogs is going to be reunited with his original owner!

He spent 10 months waiting for this moment at our Shiga shelter.
This is the best reward for all of our staff members!


Moving schedule...

The original entry on November 17th, 2011

We are getting ready for winter. Hokkaido's first snowfall of the season was reported in today’s news and it was 61 centimeters/2 feet high.

Here comes winter! The Shiga shelter will be covered with snow soon. There will be a lot of heavy snow shoveling to do. Sigh….



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Currently, we organized the buildings based on the size of the dogs. The first building is for dogs from the disaster area and is mostly for medium sized dogs. The second building is for small dogs. There is a kennel for large dogs. We have to wash dishes and do laundry outside for the dogs in the first and second building. Due to strong winds, water from the faucet runs diagonally. Our hands become so numb from the freezing cold that by the time we are done washing all of the dishes they feel like they are paralyzed.


Considering everything, we plan to move the small dogs into the second building.

If you are available this weekend, Sunday afternoon, November 20th, please come and help us.

Thank you for your continuous support.



Event notice 【 THIS EVENT IS OVER 】


There will be a charity event for the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11 relief efforts on the 19th and 20th of November, organized by actress Ms. Aya Sugimoto.

A Papillon called “Koume (a little plum)” was adopted by Ms. Sugimoto from our shelter, Angels, and is featured in the poster with her.
She follows her everywhere around the house. I am so glad to hear that “Koume” has settled into her new home and is happy.



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Over 200 picture panels will be displayed for us.

There are still many dogs wandering in the restricted area.
I would like you to come and see the panels to learn about this sad and unfortunate reality.

All of the pictures are of what we saw right after the earthquake and tsunami when we went to rescue some of the dogs.

It was beyond our worst expectation.
You can see pictures of the animals and our rescue team in action in the 20 kilometer/12.4 mile radius of the nuclear plant which is now a restricted area.
Also, you can see the real radiation level on the Geiger counter (radiation scale) that was not shown on the TV news.

On the 19th, DJ Murakami who is currently helping us take care of dogs in Shiga, will make an appearance at the charity event.
You can hear from DJ Murauchi himself about what he did during his search and rescue of the dogs in the restricted areas in Fukushima.

People in Kanto regions, please come and join the event.




Translated by Rie M. and edited by Joe P.


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Breeder Rescued Ryuunosuke is back


The original entry on October 17th, 2011


Holding him I just pray for Ryuunosuke “Please relieve his pains”

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”Little Ryu” is back to the shelter.


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Dr. Niwada, director, treated him. After notified about Ryu’s cancer, we discussed what we can do for him.

We wanted him to be back to us at the shelter. After surgery, he was not recovering well and was hospitalized longer than scheduled. Finally, he is ready to go home. Right away, our president went to pick him up from the hospital.

All staff are welcoming Ryu.

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Little Ryu is not fine, but he is trying his best to fight the cancer.

The shelter is noisy, but for him it is his sweet home. When we put him on the ground he wagged his tail and walked little by little with unsteady steps.

Yesterday it was so warm and he enjoyed sunbathing.

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He may only have one more month to live. But, he may get better. Who knows?

Ryu is fighting for life and he never gives up.
All angels with tails in heaven are cheering him up.
Tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and after that, I want him to be by my side as long as possible. I just hope that his remaining days with me will be good and easy for him.


Translated by Anonymous supporter




Going Home Smile


The original entry was on October 7, 2011


It has been over half a year since the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Among the rescued dogs with their owners’ request and without, it is only 32.6 % of the dogs that were reunited with their owners. It is only 3 dogs out of 10 who can go home for good. That is the reality.


Even if we found the dogs’ owners, they are not allowed to take their dogs back to their temporary housing. If there are more pet friendly temporary housing, the pets can go back to their own families. Last weekend, 3 dogs were returned back to their owners. They showed wonderful smiles to us.


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This is “Trevi” that stayed at the shelter for a long time. His real name is “Koro” and is 15 years old. He cannot see well. We really would like to find new families for older dogs.



Last month, one daughter found a picture of “Trevi” at the city hall. Right away, her sister and her came over to the shelter to meet “Trevi”.   Later, they went home and prepared to welcome him to a new home. We accepted their application. They came all the way from Fukushima to get “Trevi” and they took him back to his happiest and most familiar place for him to live in.



Here is “Coron”.


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It must have been so hard for his owner to find him. When he finally found “Coron” he was crying for happiness over the phone. In Japanese culture, men are brought up “not to cry in front of others”, but he was so overjoyed.

He works for the TEPCO. After the earthquake and nuclear explosions, he sent his wife and kids to Chiba prefecture where his wife is from. In the beginning of the evacuation, I knew J village is the key location for all help and rescue work for animals, he released him there so that he could survive somehow.

Since then, he was working without getting back to his own home for any break.


In fact, we found him in J village. He did not move anywhere at all from the area where he was released.

I am sure that he was waiting for him to come back there.
He might have been attacked by other bigger dogs. There was a big deep scar in his back. Many dogs had to survive there without food and water there for a long time.

After staying at the shelter for a month, he was taken cared of by a host family.

You guys are finally at sweet homes.
From now on you will be with your families for ever and ever.


This is the story about Colon when we rescued him back in April 2011. → 


They were lucky ones, but still 7 out of 10 dogs from Fukushima cannot go home at all. That breaks our hearts.

At the shelter, there are lots of dogs that need your love and support. 
They miss their homes and are still waiting to be found by their families.

I sincerely ask for your support in becoming host or foster families for them.




Translated by Anonymous supporter


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Account number: 14630-16534321
Name:NPO Animal Protection Group ANGELS

Shiga Bank
Bank code: 0157
Branch: Imazu branch (716)
Account number: 598577
Name: NPO Animal Protection Group ANGELS




To deal with “red zone case dogs” from Fukushima


Original entry is on September 27, 2011


There are some dogs rescued from the restricted area near the nuclear plant, which are difficult to take care of by general volunteers. Such red zone case dogs are taken care of by certain staff and volunteers.

These dogs can be categorized from scary one called “SORA MAME (broad beans)” to the most scary “DAIZU (soy beans)“, and “Post”, based on their nature and personalities. These red zone dogs are always aggressive and their eyes are always red.


However, even such red zone dogs have some reasons why they behave that way. Surprisingly, I found the three red zone dogs and rescued them by myself.

At that time, all I was thinking was to find and rescue as many dogs as possible from the restricted areas. When I captured them, they were growling at me and it took a lot of time to put them into their crates.

While in Fukushima, they were quarantined in the red zone area. We instructed all volunteers not to touch them. Despite our warning, some volunteers thought they would not be too bad and learned the hard way.


It is already 1 month passed after the three dogs came to the Shiga Shelter. Now it is my time to deal with them. I knew this would come soon, but to be honest with you, I am so scared. Since yesterday, I have been dealing with them one by one, but they all are growling at me with their teeth even though I tried to listen to them patiently.




This morning, I tried to ask them while sitting in front of the kennels.
“Why are you so mad?” “If you are that way everyone is afraid of playing with you”
“What are you afraid of? There is no one to hurt you here.”
For 15 minutes, I was talking to them, but they were not listening.

I know they will understand me someday. Even if I am scared of them, oh well, they are still showing their teeth. Hey Mr. Post. Please don’t bite me!

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He was holding for peeing.

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He can also sit properly.

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I will try tomorrow again. I have met so many dogs. All I have to do is to deal with them with full confidence. I know I can do it because I was able to be friends with a German Shepherd called “Sora” which was the worst. At that time, I was scared. Sora was a male and weighed over 40 kilograms / 88.2 pounds. He was showing his teeth and growling at me so much in order to threaten me.

I used to use a shield board while taking him to walk. The president was bitten on his lap and Mr. H was jumped and attacked from his back and he fell down. Despite such bad days, once he opened his heart to us, he was showing his belly and cuddling with us.

I wonder when Post will be like Sora. On good days, he can show his cut face like this.


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ANGELS rescue animals from disaster zone: A volunteer report by Angela

This is a report by Angela, my Australian friend who joined me in FUKUSHIMA on Dec.17th.

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17 December 2011 - As I stood outside the run down house I thought ‘Is this the place?’ At the same moment a dog appeared at the window, wagging its tail happily as it looked out at me. I took that as a sign and approached the house.
I had travelled up to Hisanohama in Fukushima prefecture that morning to help set up a house for animal rescue. More than 9 months after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster animal rescue groups were again being permitted to enter the 20km ‘no-go’ zone around the nuclear power plant. Many animals have been surviving on their own following evacuation of the area, but sadly many have also died.
I was there to help ANGELS, a Japanese animal rescue group that has been caring for animals from the Tohoku area since March. I had previously volunteered at their animal shelter in Shiga prefecture (north of Kyoto) but this was the first time I had been to Fukushima.

A few days earlier ANGELS had re-entered the zone. There was not much time. Rescuers were only granted one week permits and were only able to enter the zone from 9.30am until 3.30pm each day. Often they saw dogs, but after so long without human contact it takes time to catch them or to coax them out of hiding places. Catching cats is even harder and they needed to use cat traps.

The house that was to become the base for the ANGELS rescue team and a temporary shelter for the animals was badly affected by the tsunami. Inside the house the water had been about waist high. The ground floor was still very dirty and there was no hot water. The man living in the house had to travel 15 minutes by train to shower.
When I arrived, the house already contained five rescued animals - three dogs and two cats. That night another two cats arrived after being trapped in the zone. My main task was to help make room for more rescued animals and for the supplies, which included protective clothing and masks for the team entering the zone.

The rescue team included Mr and Mrs Hayashi (who are the head of ANGELS), DJ Murauchi (a DJ from Tokyo) and a number of local volunteers. When they were in the zone they had to carry a Geiger counter with them at all times and they were checked for radiation when they left the zone. They were risking their own health by entering the zone.
Between 14 and 27 December the ANGELS team rescued 10 cats and 5 dogs. They were fortunate enough to find a female dog together with her two young puppies.Even after 9 months in the zone she was still cuddly and showed no signs of aggression. She is one of the lucky ones - many of the puppies in the zone are freezing to death now that winter is here.

I worked with another volunteer, Kimiko, who had travelled up from Nagoya and who can speak both English and Japanese. On a break we walked the short distance to the sea and saw for ourselves the devastation caused by the tsunami. Almost all the houses near the sea are gone and more were being demolished while we were there. Even after seeing all the footage on television we were still struck by the extent of the damage.
Kimiko is part of TJARG (Translators for Japanese Animal Rescue Groups) which provides translation services for groups such as ANGELS. This includes maintaining an English blog and Facebook page about the group’s activities. Many animal rescue groups seeking help following the disaster (including the major international groups) required volunteers to have Japanese language skills. However TJARG was able to bridge this language gap, allowing me to help the animals affected by the disaster and also giving ANGELS another much needed volunteer.

Would you like to help? At the ANGELS shelter in Shiga they look after more than 200 dogs, about half of which are from the Tohoku area. They also have a cat shelter in Osaka. With so many animals to care for ANGELS is always looking for volunteers.

We'll be there soon!

This posting was made on December 9th. The 5th day of "NGOs are officially allowed to enter the zone" ONLY IF you have permissions from the authority.

Although ANGELS started working on their paper work immediately after they heard the news, the off-site center stole 9 days of their already limited time. The 27th of December was set to be the final day of all animal rescue activities inside the zone. Angels got permit issued on the 14th.

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The original entry: December 9, 2011



There are many requests to rescue these animals left in restricted area in Fukushima. We are feeling hasty...

The first snow fall at Shiga shelter; we see the snow covered mountains around us.

It is cold.

We are getting close to get permit from government after numerous paper works to get into Nuke power plant restricted area.
Public administration has been working hard till 11 pm..

It is a dangerous area. We tried our best to get well prepared.

Our DJ , Mr. Murauchi, has left with his car fully loaded.
It will be a cold working condition.

We will be leaving in 2 days. Supply team will be in Fukushima on 16th.

Every minutes counts. There are lives waiting for us.

Meantime, court decision was made after 5 years of trial.
It was a long hard 5 years. We have continued our work under various harassment.
We could bear with these hate mails. What was really heartbreaking was to see the impact on these animals who needed help.

Here is the link to the article from our leader on decision. (Sorry! not a translated verson but original)

Our focus is on the only one thing; Save lives in the restricted area.

Your continuous support is deeply appreciated.



Translated by Kakusan from South East Michigan Japanese Language Meetup

(Thank you Kakusan!)




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To whom we have not found you yet... Please wait for us!

This posting was made on December 5th. The first day of "NGOs are officially allowed to enter the zone" ONLY IF you have permissions from the authority.

Although ANGELS started working on their paper work immediately after they heard the news, the off-site center stole 9 days of their already limited time. The 27th of December was set to be the final day of all animal rescue activities inside the zone. Angels got permit issued on the 14th.

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The original entry: 2011. 12. 05



Have you heard about the news?
At last, animal rescue groups can apply for a permit to enter and search for animals in the restricted area near the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima. Guidelines from the government require detailed rescue plans.
We are now preparing for the paperwork in haste. Searches can be conducted until 27th December, but there is no further plan for another rescue period.



We would like to go to Fukushima as soon as we can. Especially, in Ookuma town, there are lots of dogs that stayed in abandoned houses and we could not find them.

I hope they remember us.
My voice, smell… We are there to rescue you. I will make sure you will be back to your family.



We are coming to get you.
This morning I was talking to a volunteer who used to search for animals in Fukushima.
“When one of my friends went back to Naraha town in Fukushima he saw a skinny dog was walking and staggering on the road.”

The next day was heavy rain.

The volunteer went to look for the dog to feed, but he could not enter at the restriction gate for route No. 6.


These kind of dog chases happened over 7 months.
And, there are lots of dog owners who are still looking for their own dogs.
We receive many calls from such desperate owners, who found us through several Animal Rescue bulletin boards or information sites, asking us whether the Angels have their dogs or not.



On March 11, 2011, people in the current restricted areas evacuated their homes, thinking that it was a short evacuation. So, many families left their pets at home.  

Still now, they are living in the shelter.
Still now, there are lots of dogs and cats that are waiting for their owners at their homes in the restricted area.

Please contact us if you still cannot find your pets from the area. They are your families.



Let’s focus on finding them in the area!







Translated by M. Edited by J & K.






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We are in trouble: Original Entry on October

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In the meanwhile, please read their efforts from past October.
Special thanks go to our translation volunteers M and J.


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Original entry is on October 30, 2011


I have noticed that there is an interesting phenomenon. One month there are more inquiries about Dachshunds, but the other month more about Chihuahua. There seems to be a trend.



Last month, we found more foster families for large dogs and we were so happy for them to go to their fosters’ homes. However, these weeks, we have no inquiry about the large dogs.


Now we are in trouble. The long-term volunteers went back home and we face a shortage of manpower.



On weekends, we have the same group of volunteers coming to help us, but not on weekdays. Occasionally we have 2 dog walkers, Mr. N and myself. We had to walk 12 to 15 dogs and it took 3 hours.
At the end of the day, we were too tired to say words, but we kept walking the dogs.
Our knees got sore and we feel we are screaming and begging for your help.


But, all dogs are waiting for walks everyday. When the walking time comes, the dogs get excited, wagging tails or dancing happily, and they are waiting to see the door open.

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We got to go walk! Let’s go. We pull our spirits up and just go through everyday.
We need your support. Please help us.


Daily walk starts from 3:00 pm on weekdays. Even if 1 or 2 dogs are fine for us, please come to walk them.
All we ask you to do is to talk to the dogs while walking.



Translated by M. Edited by J.




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NPO Dog Rescue Team ANGELS  (English Blog supported by TJARG)

Author:NPO Dog Rescue Team ANGELS (English Blog supported by TJARG)
【who's ANGELS?】
NPO Animal rescue/protection group ANGELS is a group whose
activities range from animal rescue from puppy mill and other dishonest dealer to
animal salvation in the disaster-striken areas.
Now they are working on rescue activity in Tohoku area where the huge earthquake hit.
There are so many dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals left behind, most of them
are dying from injuries and starvation.
Some of Japan's not-flexible rules put this group in some difficult situations, like
they can not deliver dog/cat food to people who need them, etc.

After they rescue animals, they will find as many families as possible
for the rescued animals' temporary home or new families.
They also plan to have a special facility to accommodate those animals.

What you can do to help this group and help as many animals as possible ?

1.Tell your family/friends about this blog.

2. Donate money or rescue resources (eg. pet food /pet sheets/collar/leash/cage etc.)

Thank you for your help!

【 who's TJARG? 】
TJARG, Translators for Japan Animal Rescue Group,was created to support local and small animal rescue teams saving animals in disaster-stricken FUKUSHIMA and NorthWestern Japan.

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