Dogs and Cats for Adoption

Dogs and Cats for Adoption in Japan

Their tales are ones of trauma, neglect, abandonment and heartbreak, tales that have come to Japan Times readers every week now for a year and a half — the animals of ARK. Thanks to our readers, the weekly photo box has been a huge success. Cats and dogs, many that have spent years in the ARK shelter, have at long last found homes because of the vital exposure offered by an appearance in the newspaper. For some, it was the last hope. Still, the chance that one mere day would suffice to bring a dog or cat a coveted new home was slim at best. Above are eight animals featured in the past who were not among the lucky ones to find homes. These eight are still waiting, as are the staff at ARK and its supporters, keeping the faith that the day will come when that special someone will say, “I can give that dog a home. I can take that cat in.” Here again are (clockwise from center top) Ebisu, Maggie, Maro, Holly, Cherry, Non, O’Malley and Silver. They still need homes. They still need you.

(Photos of these pets and many others can be found by clicking on the “Pets for Adoption” photo album on the right side of this site.)

Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Photos courtesy of Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK).

Interested in Adopting Any of These Pets?

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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