Hana, who was first featured here in March 2015, has found a home in Tokyo with Keiki Yamanoi and Canadian native Suzanne Jensen. Though shy at first, Hana is doing more than just adapting well to her new home, according to Suzanne: “She owns it, lock, stock and barrel!” For the first 10 days in her new surroundings, however, “Hana hid everywhere she could. Then one night while we were watching TV, she came out, meowing loudly,” Suzanne says. “We said ‘Hi’ and waited to see what came next. Suddenly, she jumped on my lap, meowing, purring, chirping and rubbing her head all over my shoulder, hands and lap. This was interpreted as a demand for petting, which Hana lapped up as if she had been starved of it. After about five minutes, she jumped down and ran over to Keiki and did the same thing.” It was a landmark moment. “It was the beginning — at last — of a wonderful relationship that only continues to get better each day.”

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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