Success Story: Jingle and Jangle
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.
Jingle and Jangle were featured on the Japan Times on Oct. 18. It was hoped that the two brothers, abandoned in a park in Tokushima at the tender age of 6 weeks, could be kept together. The plea was heard when the Knight family, originally from the United States and now living in Tokyo, saw their photo and responded with open arms and an invitation to join their family. Following is a letter from the Knights, who now share their home with Jingle and Jangle, renamed Barack and Obama.
In December 2006, our family moved to Japan leaving behind our beloved cat B.J. (*) B.J. started out as an abused feline whom we took into our home 11 years ago and over the years, became an irreplaceable part of our life. It was a painful decision indeed as she was our mascot on family camping expeditions, a morning alarm clock, our meal reminder, house “watchdog” and nightly pillow comforter.
As the months and years passed, we often thought about what life would have been like here in Japan with our B.J. Then, four weeks ago, while reading The Japan Times on our way to an event in Chofu, there was an adorable picture of a pair of kittens, Jingle and Jangle, being offered for adoption. After reading the article, the family decision was instant: “Let’s adopt them!” We called Tokyo Ark immediately, left a message, and hoped no one had already taken these cute little brothers. With excitement building as each day passed, we completed the prerequisite paperwork, conducted an “on-site” visit and were ready to finally bring home the two additions to our family.
One week before the U.S. presidential elections, we picked up the kittens and decided to name them Barack and Obama, because of the change we expected to see in our lives and theirs. Today, Barack and Obama are already following in the little footsteps of their predecessor, B.J. They are becoming good alarm clocks, are well versed in sleeping on pillows, let us know with certainty when it’s time to eat and are learning how to use a mouse and keyboard! Most importantly, they have reconfirmed our original belief in why it just made sense to save these kittens by adopting them. Their constant display of affection is infectious and we are proud to offer our home to these precious animals.
Bill, Aleena and William Knight
* Editor’s note: B.J. was entrusted with family relatives.
Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, November 29, 2008. Photo by Yoko Miyao.
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.