Success Story: Lan

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.


Lan, a 10-year-old Shiba, was first featured in the Feb. 9 issue of The Japan Times. She, as most older animals are, was passed over at the ARK shelter for many long years until she was welcomed into the hearts and home of the Tange family. Above, Aya, 14, daughter of Denise Tange, chums with a very happy-looking Lan (now known as Lani) in her new Tokyo home. Lan is enjoying four walks a day and play sessions in the park. Still, she is always happy to return home. Says Denise, ‘‘She recognizes the house and whenever we come back from a walk and get near it, she wants to go back in. If I try to walk past, she stops and refuses to move.’’ Lan has also won hearts at the office, where Denise hopes to bring her twice a week. Duties will include ‘‘letting people pet her and give her snacks.’’ Well-behaved and kind-hearted, Lan is described as ‘‘perfectly balanced’’ with ‘‘a sense of humor.’’ Denise says, ‘‘We are thrilled to adopt her. We just want her to be as happy with us as we are with her.’’ The Japan Times and ARK extend heartfelt thanks to the Tanges for bringing love and comfort to a decidedly young-at-heart, very dear, old(er) dog.

(Photo by Denise Tange)

Interested in Adopting a Pet?

Please email ARK at tokyoark[at] 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 editing and printing this photo box every Saturday in the Weekend/People section of the paper.

See also: Other potential pets who have been featured on the Angels with Fur site




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