Your help can make an immediate difference in the lives of HEART animals and allows us to move one step closer to our goal of making Tokushima a better place for companion animals.


We are always in great need of people to help, either for an hour or if you would like to stay and help long term, we appreciate your help!   We currently house and care for approximately 300 cats and dogs. Animal care volunteers main responsibilities will be dog walking and socializing with the animals at our shelter.

We are also looking for individuals with carpentry skills for building and general maintenance in and around the shelter.  Contact us at!!

For information on volunteering with us long-term, please click here


Show your support for animals by becoming a HEART member.  Yearly fees are 3000 yen for individual members and 10,000 for corporate members. Please contact us for a membership form.


Any monetary donation is greatly appreciated and goes towards the cost of essential medicine, vaccinations, spay/neuter and food and supplies.

Visit our HEART charity shop and purchase goods!  All proceeds are used towards the care of our animals.

Donations within Japan can be remitted to:

Awa bank, Ihoku branch

Acct. #: 1162706   HEART

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ

Branch 546

Account number: 0052370  HEART

Donations from outside of Japan can be made to our PayPal account:


Visit our Amazon wishlist and purchase supplies that we are in need of:

We are always in need of the following:

-used towels, sheets, blankets


-vinyl poop bags

-cat food (especially canned)

-Dog food

-cat and dog toys

-cat scratching boards





We also hold flea markets periodically to raise funds.  If you have any goods you no longer need, please send them our way!


If you will only be in Japan for a short time and would like a companion or if you are not sure that you are completely ready to adopt a pet for life, fostering a HEART cat or dog may be right for you. Please contact us by phone at 088-645-1801 or e-mail at for more details.


At HEART we have a number of cats and dogs that cannot be re-homed due to illness or behavioral problems. 

Your sponsorship will go directly to help us feed and provide medical care for your sponsored cat or dog.  Please see our animals looking for sponsors and contact us at by phone at 088-645-1801, fax 088-645-1802 or e-mail at


See our adoption page