Our mission is to save many animal lives as possible
“277 dogs and cats per day on average”.
This is the number of dogs and cats euthanized at domestic animal shelters in 2014. (data from Ministry of the Environment)
This is approximately 100,000 dog and cats euthanized a year.
Ever since animal rights groups in Japan have been active, as well as the amendment of Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, the number of dogs and cats euthanized have declined by one-eighth, one-third respectively, compared to about a decade ago, when we started our cause.
The cause of the decline was due to an increase in criticism against using tax money to euthanize animals brought in by individuals and pet dealers who wanted to get rid of unwanted pets.
The media and the public condemned the system where unwanted animals were killed. Finally the government has amended the animal law, which helped in reducing animal euthanization.
However, dogs and cats continue to be euthanized at animal shelters in Japan, these include stray dogs and cats, but also pets abandoned by owners for different, usually selfish, reasons.
Puppies are no exception.
In recent years, even popular and friendly breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Toy Poodles are abandoned. Let alone, many dogs (especially mutts) that fear human and/or have been a stray dog have a higher chance of being euthanized.
80% of the animal shelters in Japan uses carbon gas as a form of euthanasia for dogs and cats. Highly concentrated carbon gas have proven scientifically to have an anesthetic effect.
This is probably why “merciful death” is the term used instead.
However, “merciful death” is when an individual chooses death by their own free will, and when a doctor assists their death under strict conditions. Animals, however, would never chose their own death. This “merciful death” towards these animals can be said to be “merciful killing”, instead.
If you ever see a footage of animals in a carbon gas filled gas chamber, you would want to cover your eyes seeing how much suffering they go through until their death. It is slow and painful. Their dead face, eyes wide with fear, tells us there is nothing “merciful” about it.
To help change this ongoing tragedy, with your help we will continue to pour our hearts and souls toward animal welfare.
Five Freedoms is an internationally accepted guideline for animal welfare.
Freedom from thirst and hunger
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
Freedom to express most normal behavior
Freedom from fear and distress
Japan Rescue Association will continue to promote animal welfare to save as many abused and/or abandoned dogs and cats, and to help create a society where no animals are killed in animal shelters.
Adopt an abandoned animal and become their ‘life partner’
We are always looking for a new family, who we like to call ‘life partner’, for our rescued animals. Thank you for helping us to help animals in need.