Japan Cat Network

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Japan Cat Network helps people to help stray and abandoned pets throughout Japan. The organization and members of the network provide assistance with rescue, rehoming, population control, connection to resources, problem solving, and limited sheltering. JCN responded immediately to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, organizing on site teams which assisted evacuees with pet concerns and rescued over 600 animals from evacuated areas. Regular weekly feeding missions provided food for hundreds more until they could be safely rescued. JCN continues to run a small shelter in Inawashiro, Fukushima, as well as a volunteer and fund raising program in Kyoto.

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Jojo · 9 mos ago

I spent two months at Japan Cat Network's Inawashiro shelter in 2016 and went back to volunteer there again late last year. I loved spending time with the cats there and getting to see rural Japan was fantastic. JCN helped to rescue many animals after the 2011 Fukushima disaster and have re-homed so many of the rescued cats already. Some of the more challenging cats are still at the shelter and I loved spending time socialising with them each day and helping them to trust people. JCN are still actively rescuing cats in the Inawashiro area (most recently some kittens who were left on the doorstep) as well as at their sister branch in Kyoto. I would definitely recommend volunteering with them!

Ricardo · 1 yr ago

I've volunteered with Japan Cat Network and had an amazing experience. While they only have a small number of animals at the shelter, they help many others by providing support to people that encounter abandoned and sick animals on the street. They had an influential role during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami rescue efforts. Many animals were saved thanks to them. Definitely recommend volunteering with them.

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