Saturday June 11th was like a complete reversal from the previous week. Sister Michael Maie was here, two volunteers had come the previous night to spend the weekend with us (the Wata's, though I'm sure I'm butchering their name), a friend of the Watas, Fran and Kambe sensei came briefly, and the Hondas dropped off donations.
That morning, the Watas and their friend basically took charge of all of the animal care! They were absolutely amazing volunteers and I don't think I can say enough good things about them. This allowed me to sleep in a bit and talk with Sister Michael Marie.
Around midday, Hajime san and Kei san (the Hondas) came by with their donations. We quickly unloaded and Hajime san set about taking pictures of the animals. He is very knowledgeable about animal rescue and said that he would like to help us find fosters for some of them. It was so great! He's told me that I can use the photos that he took and since they are so fantastic I will share them! All of the proceeding photos are courtesy of Hajime Honda.
The view of our set up at Club LOHAS. We used to use the big camping tent for dogs until a fox ripped a hole in it. Now the dogs live upstairs in a rented room and in the green rental unit at night and outside during the day. The silver tent is for storage.
Donations from Yokota base and the Hondas.
Reo again. This same day a bunch of customers came to Club LOHAS to eat and use the dog run. One family had an American Eskimo Spitz, like Reo, except exponentially cleaner and more well-behaved. Reo could learn a thing or two.
About midday, Fran and Kambe sensei stopped by to pick up a geiger counter. They were going to feed the chickens and scout the area for large animals because Kambe sensei is a large animal veterinarian (he worked with elephants in Kenya for 20 years!!!). Sister Michael Marie wanted to go along with them and they all left for Kawamata/Namie.
So I was left by myself with all of the volunteers and I got to take charge. It was like Helping Paws! It was a pretty chill day after the Watas did animal care. We cleaned and organized some and ate a lot of food. Miwa came by (as always!) and helped me vaccinate all of the dogs (except Mimii, lactating, and Muku, bitey) and administer Revolution.
Sister Michael Marie, Fran, and Kambe sensei came back late with 7 chickens in their van. They had picked these chickens up from a farm where there was no food and water left for them. Fran was to foster these chickens along with the 6 from Samu's house. We used the geiger counter to measure their radiation levels since the area that they had been in had really high radiation (25 microsieverts). Their levels, as well as the levels of everyone's clothes and the van, were all normal. Anticlimactic.
Overall, Saturday was a spectacular day with amazing people!