Success Story: Tama

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.


Tama was one of the old ones, the overlooked ones, animals that lived in the ARK shelter year after year and never found a home.

He spent eight years at ARK in a pen with other cats and was 12 years old when he was featured here in June of last year. There was still hope. It went by the name of Kaneko — Shinobu Kaneko.

Kaneko visited the shelter to see a dog and says, “my feet stopped in front of the cat room.” She and her daughter went in to see the adult cats. “Each cat came up to say hello and some sat on my lap,” she remembers.

Choosing one would be tough, she thought, but then her daughter picked one up. She had never picked up a cat and “wasn’t very good at holding him comfortably.” The big red-and-white cat was Tama.

He quietly put up with the strange position. He even looked happy. Kaneko knew Tama was an older cat but that he was healthy and, perhaps more importantly, “I saw how well he was fitting in with my daughter despite the stranglehold.”

The Kanekos had come for a dog, however, and felt it was better to not bring two new animals home at once to adjust. Kaneko abandoned the idea of adopting Tama, and he was left behind yet again. Kaneko continued to think of Tama, however, over the next few months. After seeing him on the ARK blog, she decided to bring him home.

Tama has settled in well at the Kaneko home. He holds his own among the boisterous dogs and enjoys “boxing their ears with double punches.” His favorite pasttime, however, is snoring happily under the warm kotatsu.

ARK and The Japan Times extend a special thank-you to the Kaneko family for the good times they’ve given Tama. Every old boy needs to feel like a kitten again.

Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Photo by Shinobu Kaneko.

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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