Dog for Adoption: Yuu


Yuu’s story before he came to ARK eight months ago was not, to put it mildly, a pleasant one. Rescued from nothing less than a living hell at a breeder in Tokyo’s Itabashi, Yuu spent the first eight months of his life shut tightly in a wire cage. He was given food and water on occasion, not every day, and was surrounded by hunger-crazed dogs kept in conditions truly too horrid to describe here. Many of the dogs starved to death. Despite media attention and the local authorities’ awareness of the situation, it took eight years to remove the animals, so ineffective are Japan’s animal welfare laws. Yuu, now 18 months old, was among the few animals finally rescued, but the experience left its marks. His legs, deformed from the cage, were operated on successfully and he is able to walk. Incredibly timid, Yuu is nonetheless a gentle and fun-loving dog, but he is often terrified to go for walks. Ideally, a prospective owner would have a big garden where he could exercise and play. Yuu, the size of a very small German shepherd, is house-trained, patient and very quiet in the house. He needs someone to love and accept him as he is, someone who can help him quiet the demons of his past.

(Photo by Kyoko Harada)

Interested in Adopting Yuu?

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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