Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

National Jun 26, 2014

Cats get the cream at Fukui temple

Nicknamed "the temple of cats," Gotanjoji in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, continues to draw thousands of tourists every year after more than a decade of caring for abandoned cats. Since the monks at the Soto Zen temple took in the first four stray cats 12 years ...

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

General / Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Jun 22, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can also ...

A cat named Blanco: In my time

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! May 25, 2014

A cat named Blanco: In my time

Blanco came to ARK as a kitten last June with his siblings. Most of his brothers and sisters were adopted quickly but Blanco got passed over, as he was often too busy sleeping or playing to entertain visitors.

A cat named Harrison: All aboard!

Our Lives | ADOPT ME! Apr 27, 2014

A cat named Harrison: All aboard!

Harrison is a bit shy but he's gradually warming to people. He may never be a cuddler but he is what is known as a "soft-pawed cat" — one that is very gentle and highly unlikely to use his claws.

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

National Mar 26, 2014

Things look up for Tokyo's jilted felines

by Mie Sakamoto

Good news for cat lovers without cats: You can now find your new pet and an apartment to share it with at the same time. Keiko Morishita, an embassy employee and Tokyo resident, is one of those whose apartments have become "temporary shelters" for abandoned ...

Fukushima: animal kingdom

Lifestyle Mar 8, 2014

Fukushima: animal kingdom

by Jun Hongo

Kumassy is a cat. As yet he has no owner. No one knows where or when he was born, only that he was found slinking through the damp, cold streets of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 28 before being scooped up by what is ...

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

National Nov 8, 2013

Cities struggle to keep from killing stray cats

by Kazuki Sawada

Many municipalities are struggling to curb the number of cats they dispose of every year. Latest figures show that the number exceeds 130,000 nationwide. Many officials at animal care centers are concerned that the number is unlikely to fall unless owners change their attitudes toward ...

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

National May 21, 2013

Destroying pets at Kochi animal center pains staff

by Kazuki Sawada

Sasano Nomura, 26, mournfully recalled the first time she put dogs to sleep as a staffer at the Small Animal Management Center in Kochi Prefecture, saying: "I killed them." Nomura, who began working at the center six years ago, still feels depressed when she hears ...