Success Story: Sakura
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.
Sakura (left), featured here in January, is no longer a homeless waif fending for herself on the streets of Tokyo. She is now secure in the loving environment at the home of the Adams family in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Japan native and mother Michiko says that she and her husband, Jeff, from the United States, had promised their 8-year-old daughter, Yuki (right), a dog when they moved to Tokyo. Having moved extensively, Yuki had never ‘‘stayed in one place longer than two years.’’ Upon meeting Sakura, Michiko says they were impressed by her gentle and quiet nature. Sakura finally joined the Adams home two weeks ago. In that short time, Sakura has overcome much of her timidness and bonded with the Adamses, especially Yuki. ‘‘We literally grew to love her more every day and Sakura seems to understand now that this is her home,’’ says Michiko. ‘‘A couple of days ago, I was so moved to see Sakura, completely secure, sitting under the chair where Yuki sat practicing piano. The bonding between (the two) is a beautiful thing to watch. And I know Sakura’s unconditional love will give our daughter not only a sense of security but also an incredibly enriching experience for the future.’’
Originally published in the Japan Times on Saturday, May 30, 2009. Photo by Michiko Adams.
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.