The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals That Everyone Else Left Behind
Naoto Matsumura is the only human brave enough to live in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone
He fled at first but returned to take care of the animals that were left behind
He returned for his own animals at first, but realized that so many more needed his help, too
Matsumura, who is 55 years old, knows that the radiation is harmful, but he “refuses to worry about it”
“They also told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less”
Matsumura discovered that thousands of cows had died locked in barns
He also freed many animals that had been left chained up by their owners
Many of them now rely on him for food
The government has forbidden him from staying, but that doesn’t stop him either
He started in 2011 and is still going strong 4 years later
He relies solely on donations from supporters to work with and feed the animals
His supporters are calling him the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’
The man clearly has a sense of humor as well
The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.
Bath time for kitties! When we took them in, we had to get some ticks and fleas off of them. Tonight we gave them a warm Dawn dishsoap bath to get rid of any other nasties. They were very good about it and purred thunderously as I toweled them off. Their reward for their patience was tasty kitten milk and wet food.
As y'all know, I work with http://www.anjelliclecats.com/, a 501c3 cat rescue organization. We are in desperate need of fosters for the cats already in our systems, and for continued pulls off the kill list at Animal Control.
Please reblog this and ask any friends and family you may have in the area if they are interested in fostering.
Fostering can be long or short term. If you are fostering cats from within our system, they can always be returned back to us if something doesn’t work out.
Fostering is absolutely a possibility for people who already have pets. We can help you with introductions if you’ve never done it before.
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When this US police officer rescued a
stray kitten he found hiding under a
dumpster in the rain, he took it home,
decided to keep it, named it Squirt, and
they became partners in (fighting) crime. Source
Kitten rescue was a success! Ash and I managed to wrangle all of them and spirit them upstairs.
They were hiding in a bush by a busy road. I am so, so angry at our neighbor for not spaying his cat. This is at least the third time since we’ve been here that we’ve had to rescue her kittens. The little calico is a runt, and she’s absolutely adorable. (And starving. She dove into the food like it was a swimming pool.)
We have so many pets that I know we can’t keep these guys, and it breaks my heart. But we’ll take care of them for a little bit until we take them to a shelter.
This is Mercury, the T-rex kitten. He was found at just four days old with horrific injuries. It is believed a weed whacker was responsible for his missing front legs and a number of back toes. His dedicated parents nursed him back to health and now he is a playful 6 month old with some serious leg strength.
Unfortunately, Mercury is not a candidate for prosthetic arms as he needs to have at least 40% of the limb intact. But that doesn’t stop Mercury from having a good old time.
Mercury’s parents hope that one day he will become a therapy cat. You can follow Mercury on his Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Y’all might remember our foster kitten Cookie, who we rescued a few months back on a drive down to the NC coast. Over the past several weeks, Cookie has battled respiratory infections, pneumonia, and a severely infected and damaged ear: she’s endured lots of nasty medications and a surgery to amputate part of the aforementioned damaged ear.
But now, at last, Cookie is better! She’s been given a clean bill of health, her ear has completely healed, and she is a feisty rambunctious ball of fur looking for her forever home. She’s good with other cats and dogs, having been socialized around ours. She loves to cuddle! She adores toys of all kinds and sticks her tongue out when she’s concentrating on something, be it an ambush or an assault on the nearest unsuspecting catnip mouse.
Please help us find a forever home for Cookie, Tumblr. If you want a kitten and are local to central NC, or know someone who is, please send me a message! We are not interested in giving her to another foster home—we’ll keep her until her permanent owner waves a willing hand.
Are you that person? Do you need a little more sugar in your life? Consider Cookie! She’s missing most of one ear, sure, but she’s as sweet as they come.
Contact us if you can provide Cookie with the home she deserves! And if you can’t, please spread the word!
A pet shelter in Japan puts expiration dates on their animals’ photos to urge people not to buy animals from pet stores. Pets with only a few days left flash red on the website to point out those that desperately need adoption, and to show the sad truth of crowded shelters. Source
Meet Ashton the tiny fuzzball who owes his life to the kind people that saved him from under a car. “His name is Ashton and he was reportedly found under a car here in San Francisco covered in oil! Animal Care & Control San Francisco and Tonis Kitty Rescue took him in, cleaned him up, and now he’s in foster care, and spends his days being the cutest kitten in the entire world,” said Josh Norem, the Furrtographer.