Success Story: Tetta

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.


Julie Okamoto, in a car in Konandai, Kanagawa Prefecture, holds the kitten Tetta (featured in the Japan Times on January 26) upon his arrival from the ARK Kansai shelter. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, high school teacher Okamoto heard of Tetta’s plight — in desperate need of a home but with little hope of finding one because neural damage had affected his eyes. It didn’t stop Okamoto, who, in 26 years in Japan, has worked at her school as an independent activist to help rehome stray cats. Something about Tetta struck a chord and she reached out to help. In a peculiar coincidence, the morning Okamoto was to meet Tetta for the first time, she realized the date also struck a chord. It was 26 years ago to the day that she had first come to Japan. New faces, new beginnings. For Tetta it meant the chance of and AT a lifetime. To the Okamoto family, thank you!

The Japan Times supports stray and abandoned animals by editing and printing this photo box every Saturday in the Weekend/People section of the paper. (Photo by Briar Simpson)

Interested in Adopting a Pet?

Many other cats and dogs are available for adoption. Please email ARK at tokyoark[AT] or call 080-6146-3889 (English), 080-6517-8913 (Japanese) for more information. 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.



  1. Allison V.

    Rock on, Julie!

    I stumbled upon this picture and immediately recognized her as my homeroom teacher from my stay in Japan a few years back. I remember all of her efforts with the stray cats on the school grounds of Yamate Gakuin and the school’s Cat Club. It always touched me to see someone who could care so much.

    Love you, Julie. Miss you!


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