Monday, April 4, 2011

New Images Emerge From Japan's Cat Island

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many people were concerned about the fate of Tashirojima, otherwise know as "Cat Island." The small island in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, is home to around 100 elderly residents, and many more cats. Several sources have confirmed that its inhabitants (both human and feline) are safe after the magnitude 9 quake, and now a Japanese website called Response has posted some of the first images to emerge since the disaster.

The accompanying article is in Japanese, but the title loosely translates to "Shimo Tashiro Ishinomaki Bay earthquake, the cats had survived."

Click here to see more images of the island from, and here for The Conscious Cat's wonderful list of ways you can help animals in Japan.



Rachel said...

Thank goodness they are all OK. In these pics at least no-one is looking skinny and underfed.
And do I spot a kitty with a fur heart there in the photo second from bottom?!

Catsparella said...

I noticed the fur heart too, Rachel! :)

The Island Cats said...

We're so happy to hear that Cat Island is okay! It's nice to see these pictures!!

Kea said...

It's great to see some pics! We hope both felines and humans are managing okay, getting the help they need!

-Fuzzy Tales

Zee and Zoey said...

Oh... such good news! Thank you for sharing!

Ingrid King said...

Thanks for sharing these - it's such a relief to finally see actual photos since the quake and tsunami. And thanks for linking back to my resources on how to help - they're going to need our help for a long time to come.

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