Thank you for all your support and encouragement in 2022!
Our rescue/re-homing numbers for 2022 are down about 100 from the year past but still pretty good. 304 animals rescued (164 dogs, 138 cats and 1 rabbit) with 243 animals out (101 dogs, 100 cat and 1 rabbit adopted and 41 dogs transferred to other rescue organizations).
We are off to a good start to 2023 with 5 dogs/puppies already out to homes! Billy Bob left on the 4th with his new owner, a family member of Fuji kun's owner so the two dogs were reunited. A road trip to Gunma prefecture to deliver Riley and Mika. Stopping on the way back to bring Takuma to Aichi and send Lailah to Miyagi from Itami airport. We are still full, full, full of puppies so it's been full on animal care for me while I hold the fort at home and at the clinic.
We are extremely glad to have long-term volunteers return now that the borders are open. Five more pairs of helping hands this month and we are so grateful. It's been so hard at the shelter for the past two years as local volunteers are few and far between as it has always been. I can't be sure what keeps them away, maybe a difference in what's perceived as volunteering, or the actual hard work of a shelter volunteer or a misunderstanding of what rescue at this scale entails? That said, we are very thankful to the few dedicated locals we see regularly.
We've had a couple critical rescues in the past 10 days that I'll introduce in another blog post. There's always so much gong on, it's often too much to explain!
Wishing you all a wonderful 2023 and we'll do our best again this year for the animals and to keep you updated.