Success Story: Tom

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.

Pet Adoption Success Story: Tom

For the little papillon Tom, life had gone full circle, from shelter to home to shelter again. At ARK as a puppy, he was adopted only to return nine years later when his beloved owner passed on. The no-longer-young Tom was not only heartbroken, he was under stress from the constant noise in the shelter. His saving grace came in the form of ARK’s winter holiday foster program, a short-term program that brought him to the Kanagawa home of the Fujimakis in what father Arata refers to as “our destiny to have (Tom) in our family.” Arata says the family now considers Tom, age 10, its “youngest boy” and “a precious member of our family.” He even attributes Tom and the teamwork involved in caring for him to having helped “unite the family” and make it “even stronger.” Arata says he was “deeply fascinated” by Tom’s “wealth of expressions” and that outdoors “when we walk together, the time spent together makes us realize the beauty of nature, something we’d long forgotten.” The love Tom feels for his new family and the love felt for him is evident in the radiant smiles of all above: (from left) mother Kikuko, son Yu, 12, father Arata with Tom, and daughter Nozomi, 14. To the Fujimaki family, thank you ever so much for giving this little dog a home and your love!

Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Photo by Yoko Miyao.

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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