Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan

by Peace Winds Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan
Stop The Killing of Dogs & Cats in Japan

Project Report | Jun 29, 2022
Ensuring every dog in our care finds happiness

By PWJ Peace Wanco staff | Project leaders

Dogs rescued from animal welfare centers
Dogs rescued from animal welfare centers

It has been six years since the Hiroshima Prefecture-based Peace Wanco Project started its mandate to take in and care for dogs that had been earmarked to be killed in gas chambers, known euphemistically as “dream boxes.” To date the project has saved more than 7,000 dogs that had no home to go to, and remains committed to saving as many more as it possibly can.

 Issues faced: Tackling aging and bolstering acclimatization training for wild dogs 

One of the challenges we are facing is the progressive aging of our shelter dogs.

It has been 10 years since Peace Wanco started its shelter work, and an increasing number of dogs are difficult to transfer after having spent several years at the shelter. Although the number of dogs in our care has started to decline, there are approximately 120 dogs over the age of 10  in our care, and about 300 if you include dogs over the age of 7, which, depending on their size, are generally considered “senior” dogs.

In order to continue to accommodate the aging of shelter dogs, who will require an increasing amount of care going forward, we need to provide additional living spaces with better equipment and a system that allows for more thorough care.

Another major challenge we now face is how to effectively transfer wild dogs. Hiroshima Prefecture is a region of Western Japan with a high proportion of mountainous terrain, and many dogs that have been abandoned end up in such highland areas. They breed there and become wild and increasingly wary of humans, making it difficult to reintegrate them into a world inhabited by humans. Hence the challenges faced when transferring them.

This means they need to be trained in a way that enables them to become re-acclimatized to humans so that they can live in harmony and as partners with them once more. Once they have been taken into care, we provide them with a safe environment and spend a lot of time looking after both their physical and mental welfare. 

Staff draw up and implement training methods that allow the dogs to gradually familiarize themselves with people. Transfers had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and In order to increase the number of transfers, online transfers have been introduced and efforts are being made to increase the number of opportunities to meet with foster parents.

Start of work on dog room extension

Peace Wanco Japan has hundreds of dogs that are aging and unable to find families. Of course, the staff will never give up on finding homes for them, but we have built an extension to the room where the shelter dogs live so that they can be cared for more thoroughly as their needs change going forward.

The breeding, medical care and nursing of shelter dogs, as well as the repair and extension of facilities like this, are essential to the operation of our shelter activities. We rely on your support to achieve these goals. Please help us save as many lives as possible.

Attending to shelter dogs in need of care
Attending to shelter dogs in need of care
Dogs open up during familiarization training
Dogs open up during familiarization training
Wild dogs are trained to re-acclimatize to humans
Wild dogs are trained to re-acclimatize to humans
Extensions are planned to the shelter buildings
Extensions are planned to the shelter buildings
Your help supporting the extensions is appreciated
Your help supporting the extensions is appreciated
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Peace Winds Japan

Location: Jinsekikogen-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture - Japan
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Project Leader:
Hiroshi Kunita
Jinsekikogen-cho , Hiroshima Prefecture Japan

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