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Monday, 13th December 2010
In General Japan News,

Japanese animal shelter appeals for help

A non-profit animal shelter in western Japan has appealed for support to help its continuing work.

Established in 2006 by Canadian Susan Mercer, Heart Tokushima is set to lose one of its key shelter sites and is being forced to relocate due to a lack of local and financial support.

"We desperately need a proper facility that is ours and will provide security and stability to continue our work," said Ms Mercer.

She added: "We have been focusing all our resources and energy into rescue, care and re-homing for the last four years without a proper shelter, taking animals into our own homes and renting other properties to house the animals."

The animal charity also promotes the spraying and neutering of pets to encourage responsible pet ownership.

It is estimated that Heart Tokushima has rescued over 600 animals and successfully re-homed in excess of 400 since it started its work in rural Japan.

Written by Susan Ballion.