Yokan was first featured in the Adopt Me! section in November.

An 8-year-old cat, he had suffered a bad cold when he was still a kitten and that led to a chronic virus, which in turn resulted in him losing sight in one eye. American Barbara Bilgre wasn’t put off by any of it.

A veteran animal rescuer and “pet parent since 1998,” she knew that it’s heart that counts. After losing her job in Ghana, Bilgre entrusted her three pets to a friend and moved to Yokohama while she waited for them to rejoin her after a required six-month wait. She soon realized, however, that “they were so happy and well taken care of in Ghana, it would be in their best interest” for her friend to adopt them. This left her open to help others here.

She had only two requirements: she wanted a cat and it needed to be male. The rest of the decision, she left up to ARK. This was Yokan’s lucky break.

The pair didn’t hit it off right away, however, as “he hid in the closet for the first two hours.” However, he eventually emerged and Bilgre says Yokan “has been exploring, curling up with me, or sitting in the sun spots ever since.”

The flight from Osaka to Tokyo may have weakened Yokan’s immune system slightly at first, as he was sick for the first 10 days. With the proper medicine, however, he quickly recovered and “became very loving and affectionate and extremely playful.”

“Although He’s 8, he acts like a kitten,” says Bilgre, adding that Yokan loves his “lobster toy,” which Bilgre had brought over from Africa. Yokan will bring it to her no matter where she is.

“He knows what he likes and he knows how to get me to play with him,” Bilgre says. We think Yokan has made a fine catch indeed!

If you are interested in adopting a pet, 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. Web: www.arkbark.net.

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