Success Story: Billy

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.


Billy, a husky-collie mix first featured in the Japan Times in late May, had been abandoned, left chained in the backyard when his former owners moved out. A striking dog, with one blue eye, one brown, Billy had nonetheless failed to find a new home, until he attracted the attention of the Kusakabe family. Now living with Kuniko and Shuichi Kusakabe and his two new Welsh corgi friends in Kamakura for over three weeks, Billy has settled in well. “We’d been worried about the other dogs, but they have all maintained a respectable distance and are getting along with no incidents,” says Kuniko. Billy, she says, “understands words well, has learned his walking course and has not gotten up to any mischief. He is very well-behaved and I am quite surprised he was not adopted sooner.” Billy, who suffers from heartworm due to an earlier lack of veterinary care, is well on his way to recovery, the Kusakabes report. From The Japan Times and ARK, we extend the Kusakabes a most heartfelt thank-you!


Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Photos by Shuichi Kusakabe.

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 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.

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


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