Success Story: Ryota and Memina
The Japan Times and Tokyo ARK have given Angels with Fur kind permission to reprint notices regarding pet adoptions (see: potential pets who have been featured on the Angels with Fur site). In addition to requests for adoption, they also publish success stories about pets who find new homes. Here is the latest success story.
Featured in late March, siblings Memina (tortoiseshell) and Ryoto (all black) had waited 10 months at the ARK shelter before finding a permanent home with Jessica Ocheltree and Makoto Kozuka of Tokyo. Above, Ocheltree holds Ryoto while Kozuka sits with Memina. “They were the ideal cats to adopt together,” says Ocheltree, originally from Arizona. “We are both at work all day, so they keep each other company and appear to spend most of the day sleeping. When we come home they are always pleased to see us, but they aren’t panicked.” Ocheltree had had pets all her life until she came to Japan five years ago, and missed having animals around. For Kozuka, however, pets were a first, thus the decision to adopt older kittens as they believed there would be less stress all around. Shy Memina has come out of her shell and taken to Kozuka, but both cats will follow their new owners around the house. To Jessica and Makoto, thank you for keeping this brother and sister together and making them a part of your family.
Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Photo by Jessica Ocheltree.
Interested in Adopting a Pet?
Please email ARK at tokyoark[at]arkbark.net or call 080-6146-3889 (English) or 080-6517-8913 (Japanese). Tokyo ARK is a nonprofit organization founded by Brit Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. Prospective new owners undergo a screening process.
The Japan Times supports stray and abandoned animals by publishing this photo box every Saturday in the Weekend/People section of the paper. The information is then archived here on the Angels with Fur site one week later, on the following Saturday.