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About Us

We help people help pets.

We believe that people helping pets should not have to give up everything to do so. If you have a good local project, or an idea for one, we want to assist you.

We also want to try to help you solve any cat or dog related problems.

Beginning / 1993

JCN was founded by two American expats, who have been living in Japan, teaching English, and helping cats since 1993.

JCN / 2011

One of the founders began working in Fukushima in March 2011 to rescue animals left behind and to take in animals from evacuating owners with nowhere to turn.

Fukushima Shelter / 2011

The JCN Inawashiro Shelter was established in Fukushima as the focal point of this effort. It continues to serve the people and animals there whose lives remain overturned.


We do this through Trap, Neuter, Return programs, education and awareness through festivals and events that promote animal welfare, like cat and dog meet-and-greets and distributing fliers about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets. 

We encourage networking, and we answer questions, loan materials, and/or connect people to local animal welfare services available in their communities.

Since the disaster of March 11, 2011, we have been in Fukushima 24/7 to help with the rescue and recovery efforts for animals left behind in radiation-evacuated areas. We have established close ties with the communities of Kawamata and Namie and continue to travel there multiple times a week to provide life-sustaining food to abandoned cats and dogs, to pick up sick, injured, or young animals, and to control the populations of the stray and feral cats through spaying and neutering. 

Additionally, we have two no-kill animal shelters and a network of foster homes across the country. For more information about animals available for fostering or adoption, please visit our Adoption/Fostering guidelines or see our available cats or dogs.