Unfortunately, not all cats are created equal…

It’s true. Maybe all kittens are born as adorable bundles of joy, but they don’t all grow up thinking the world will treat them kindly. Some cats can demand attention and purr when they get it, but others feel only pure terror in human company. The claws come out, backs arch and fur stands on end.  They scuttle off to a corner to hide in at the first sight or sound of a human.

It’s an easy bet which cat will be chosen by the shelter visitor. It’s also an easy bet that the scared cats cowering in the corner would choose to be confident and happy if they could. Frostini and Dunbar came to ARK as kittens, but were already well versed in the ways of the alley cat. Their more outgoing cousins and siblings have found homes, but the outlook for these two is bleak: shelter stress takes its’ toll on a cat. Unless a special person, who understands their fears, adopts these two, they will spend their lives watching others come and go.

Frostini and Dunbar are still young. They may never be lap cats, but away from the constant barking and stream of visitors, they may find peace in a special person’s home. We certainly hope so.

Written by Ms. Julie Okamoto, Tokyo ARK (Animal Refuge Kansai Tokyo Branch)




Want to help, but can’t adopt?

1. Can we propose you sponsor Frostini or Dunbar?

In order to cover all costs for a cat, including medical fees, food, utilities and staff care, it would be 150,000 yen per year. We also welcome “partial sponsorship” from 3000 per month.

2. Alternatively, we are currently looking for people who can help by fostering a cat in their home until we find a permanent home for them. Please click here to learn more about Fostering a cat >>

About ARK:

Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK) is a Japanese registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO). They have rescued thousands of dogs and cats in Tokyo and Osaka. Their facilities include the newly-opened Sasayama Animal Welfare Centre located outside Osaka. And they maintain a very important office in Tokyo as well.

ARK is a non-profit, non-governmental private organization with the aim of forming a network of people who love animals, believe in sharing their lives with them, and who work actively to rescue them from suffering. ARK was established in 1990 and became officially recognized as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) in September 1999. In 2008, ARK was accepted as an International Associate Member of the RSPCA. 

ARK receives all funding for its activities from the donations and membership fees of the general public. We have approximately 30 staff members and receive support from volunteers who understand our activities. Our staff depends on our many volunteers because ARK is dedicated to not only the care of the animals but also to maintaining our facilities for the animals. We are always in need of Foster parents who are willing to temporarily foster a pet until we can find permanent parents to re-home.

For Further Enquiry:

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Tokyo ARK >> TEL: 050 1557 2763 (10:00-19:00)