This post is for anyone thinking about adopting sometime soon and for anyone interested in how we can make that process smoother.
When we adopted our dogs, each time we asked many, many questions to their rescuers. We tried to find out everything we could about our pups and what they would need for a happy life with us. Even so, each time I remember thinking when we came home, “Oh, I wish I had asked…!” and “I think I remember his rescuer saying…” And memory being what it is, those “I think I remember” details gradually became fuzzier and fuzzier, especially for anything that wasn’t written down…. and things I thought I understood perfectly well in Japanese…well, were maybe not quite so perfectly comprehended after all. Especially this was true with our unexpectedly challenging (though very cute and much loved!) pup #2. Which got me thinking I can’t be alone in this experience and also got me wanting to have what you see here below.
If you’ve ever adopted a pet from a rescue organization, you’ve probably filled out an adoption survey. This is like that, but more full of details that the adopting family in particular would want to know. It’s one possible way of having a very thorough conversation with your new family member’s rescuer/guardian while having the chance to make a written record of all the details, and history, and likes, dislikes, and such… all of the things that you won’t want to not know later on!
If you are thinking of adopting or know others who are, I hope this question sheet can be something helpful for you. It’s totally downloadable, printable, and copyable.
What a day! It seems like wherever you might be in Japan you’ve probably been hit by SOMETHING today. Everybody stay safe!
Please, if at all possible, take your pets with you if you ever need to evacuate. You are their only protection and if it’s not safe for you…it’s not safe for them.
What to keep in a pet “go bag” for quick evacuation:
food for at least a week in a sealable bag/container
any medicines/basic first aid kit
toys and treats(for stress relief)
extra collar/leash (dogs)
phone numbers/e-mail for your vet and animal rescue groups in your area (many if not most are very happy to help in an emergency)
Keep your pet “go bag” close to your main exit in an easily accessible place (ours is in the shoe cabinet) and update perishables regularly. It can make a huge difference when an emergency comes!!
If you have ever thought about fostering, please consider helping Seiji. Let’s get this beautiful boy in a safe place…
From Seiji’s family (updated/edited):
This is Seiji, our 7 months old male Siberian Husky. We live in Yokosuka and we didn’t know how hard and expensive it would be to find a house that will allow big dogs like him around here. So we’re looking for help from someone who can keep him for 3 months until we can move into pet friendly housing. All the expenses like food and vet will be from us. He already has a crate too. We don’t want to get rid of him and that’s why we’re trying to do everything to keep him. Our current landlord gave us 1 week for him to leave. We need help so badly. Thank you!
Chiba/Tokyo Area: Little Tiger is looking for his forever home! Update: Tiger (now Koh) has been adopted! Yay!
*Update: Tiger (Koh) was put up for adoption because of worries that he would not get along with his rescuer’s older cat… but luckily and with much patience…they have decided they like each other after all. So, little Koh will be living out his life with his human hero and new big sister. Way to go Koh!
Sweet little Tiger was born outdoors, but has adapted to indoor life quite nicely, says his rescuer. If you’re looking for a gentle, quiet love-bug, this may be your boy.
Where: Chiba (near Tokyo)
Health: Very healthy
Character: Quiet and sweet
If you think you might be interested in adopting Tiger, please contact us at:
We will put you in touch with Tiger’s foster family right away!
These sweeties have had a loving home and good care thanks to their wonderful owner. For personal reasons however, she has circumstances which make it difficult for her to continue keeping the kitties with her. Therefore, she is making the hard, but responsible decision to look for great new homes for them now. If you are looking for one (or two!) warm and friendly new family members… please consider bringing Elizabeth and Pimentinha to your home!
If you are interested, please contact us at :
and we will put you in contact with their owner!
Is there anyone out there able to open their heart and home for a few months for these sweethearts? Their human mama needs to go to the US in November for a few months to help her daughter when she has her first baby. The exact dates aren’t confirmed yet, but best guess is about 3 months (average maternity leave). These two are much loved and their mama is doing everything right by trying to plan in advance for a nice foster for them. Can we help this family out?! Thanks AngelsWithFur!
*If you or someone you know can foster these two beautiful boys from November, please contact: AngelsWithFurowner@yahoogroups.com
and I’ll get you in contact with their mom! Thank you!!
I went and said goodbye to a dear friend tonight. His lovely, strong wife and her kind family were there with him. As she said, he looked as handsome as always, and was lying peacefully, surrounded by many things representing what he loved – bicycle, skis, hiking gear, and beer. TOBY THANKS!
–picture and tribute from Sean H.
And Toby’s own goodbye in his own words…
Toby Weymiller, a man who followed his dreams and was always passionate about making a difference, passed away in the mountains on(insert date), just as he had hoped.
Toby loved nature, the mountains, his family and his friends. He always thrived for the ultimate balance with all of these passions and his dying wishes were to tell everyone, “Thanks for the memories!” and “Thanks for all the support over the years!”. In lieu of flowers or donations to charity (although he always encouraged donations to charities), Toby asked that you all go outside, sit down, breathe in that fresh air and take a few minutes to remember him. Toby asked that you smile and laugh as you remember the good times you shared with him. Toby says that even though he is not visible to the eye, he is still very alive in spirit and you can find him often when you go out into nature and especially up into the mountains. Toby said he is waiting for you to come visit him there.
Toby is survived by many family and friends, all of which he loved dearly. You can go to http://www.weymiller.com to see more about Toby, including pictures and videos, as well as his family and friends.
–Toby wrote this obituary himself back in 2008 and his final word to all if you is “Namaste”.
*3/29/2013 original post:
Today is a very sad day for us at AngelsWithFur. Toby Weymiller, previous administrator of this page, passed away today from injuries sustained in an avalanche. A truly bright light has gone out of this world for both people and animals. In addition to the work with this page and all of the other amazing things Toby did in his life (and there were many), he was extremely active with the rescue of animals after the Tohoku disaster, both physically on the ground and logistically online. Both the animal and human world lost a great man tonight. Rest in peace Toby. You will be dearly, dearly missed…
–When you are outside, maybe looking at the cherry blossoms this weekend, please take a moment to remember Toby and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Merry Christmas!! All the best to you and yours this holiday season!! We don’t have a beautiful Christmas card to post, but we’ve got something even better. How about 3 furries, safe and sound, who are looking for the perfect home this Christmas?
First up, meet DeNiro. How could a person not fall in love with this face? Denny is looking for a home with a family who has some experience with Border Collies. Maybe that’s you?
More of a cat person than a dog person? Meet Hikaru and Po-Chan. These two are true BFFs! Their Christmas wish is to find a family looking to add a double dose of furry cuteness to their family.
*Both of the kitties have a cold right now, but it should clear up and their eyes should be fine.
Click on the photos to read more about DeNero, Hikaru, and Po-Chan. They are ARK animals, so the pictures will take you to their site.
**ARK will ask potential adopters to fill out a detailed adoption survey, which might feel weird if you haven’t done it before, but they’re really, really good at helping families find the perfect match. It’s worth it to trust the instincts of the staff at ARK on this. They’re great people and want the best for everyone involved.
Aomori Area- Two Kittens (Tubs and Stripe) and White Shiba (Yuki) Looking for a Forever Home *UPDATE- all 3 have found homes! Yay!
**Thank you for all your help in sharing the story of these 3! It’s great to see a happy ending here!
Please contact AngelsWithFur at : AngelsWithFurfirstname.lastname@example.org (copy-paste) if you might be able to offer a loving home to any of these animals. We will forward your information on to their current family and they will contact you directly.
Age: Just over a year
Size: Medium-small dog (just below knee level)
Health: Yuki is in good health and has had all
her shots for both Japanese standards
and Misawa Air Base. We have
documentation for all shots. She has
Named after the snow that was falling when we bought her, she was pure white except for her ears and the tip of her tail. Over the year we have had her, she has gained more orange on her ears, tail, along her back and on her legs. She’s got a lot of energy and would do really well with a yard. She loves to wrestle and play with other dogs, but can get a little rough at times. It would be best not to have her around cats or a dog that is smaller than she is. The same size or a little bigger would be fine though.
Tubs (sister) and Stripe (brother)-
Age: about 4 months old
Size: going to be large cats
Sex: Tubs (female) Stripe (male)
Health: Healthy as far as we can tell,
but they have not had an opportunity
to go to the vet yet.
Tubs- She is a mix of white, grey and just a little bit of orange. She has no problems with people at all and is more than willing to cuddle at all times. She has been ok with our two shiba dogs, but she might not do as well with a larger dog.
Stripe- This guy is an adventurer. I don’t think he’s afraid of anything. He’s always the first one out of the cage, out of the room, in the dog’s face or climbing to the highest point he can find. He’s very personable and friendly, though a little hardheaded at times. He has gotten along great with our two dogs. He’s a beautiful grey and black striped color.
*Backstory- All 3 have been much loved and well cared for by their current owners. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the owners will soon not be in a position to be able to keep them any longer. They are doing their best to reach out and find loving homes for Tubs, Stripe, and Yuki as soon as possible. Please spread the word if you can about these 3!!