First featured here in October 2015, little Shiba Ofurochan, so named after being rescued after three years of life in a bathtub, has found a new, loving home with the Yoshidas of Tokyo. It was no surprise that Ofurochan — now renamed Yume, and pictured here with Tomoe Yoshida and her children, Takuto and Sara — had no trust of humans. She was starving and, half-crazed, would bite whatever she could.

Then came the Yoshidas, a family truly invested in helping a dog in need, even more so if it was one with issues. Progress has been slow but Yume is warming to what to her must be a very strange new life. Tomoe says: “My daughter said, ‘I hope Yume will one day be able to express her happiness.’ At this stage, she still doesn’t. Her tail comes up slowly and just almost wags.”

Yume has brought visible change to the Yoshidas already, however.

“The children often say now, ‘Our home is happier since Yume arrived.’ They put their heads together and cooperate if it’s for Yume. They work together to make sure she gets her food and her walks. We also seem to talk more now. We look at her from morning to night and can’t help smiling. We laugh when she talks in her sleep too! I am really hoping that the bond between us will continue to grow. I want to be a family she will trust and want her to someday take joy in things and look forward to them and wag her tail a lot!”

Many other cats and dogs are available for adoption. Email ARK at Tokyoark@arkbark.net or call 050-1557-2763 Monday to Saturday (bilingual) for more information. Tokyo ARK is an NPO founded by Briton Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Prospective owners are requested to undergo a screening process.

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