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Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"

by NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association
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Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"
Fuji farm
Fuji farm

Thank you for your support and cooperation. I'm Eiko Kazama, the president.

Our association has around 100 dogs in total, including active therapy dogs, retired therapy dogs, future therapy dogs and rescued dogs. 50 dogs are living in Yamato, Kanagawa and another 50 dogs are in a farm (the village of Fuji) in Mishima, Shizuoka. More than half of them are large dogs, including super large dogs such as St. Bernard and Great Dane, and large dogs such as Golden Retriever and Borzoi and many more. So the amount of dog food consumed each day is considerable.

As you all know, One of the main sources of income of our NPO association is Animal therapy visits to the facility. However, due to the recent spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), about 60 animal therapy activities in March and April have all been canceled. For this reason, there is no payment from the facilities in March, and our NPO that takes care of a large number of dogs, including abandoned dogs from Turkey, is currently in a very difficult situation of funding. Since March is usually the most active month of the year, our organization is very confused and damaged by this unexpected event.

Although it has been a warm winter in Japan this year, the Fuji farm at the foot of Fuji is still very cold. The dogs spending outside increase their appetite more, and so we want to provide them more food to strengthen them to survive the cold winter.

We also conduct fundraising activities (as Awareness raising activities in front of the station). However because of the pandemic, compared to before, there are many people who do not stay for long to hear what we say, there are only few that stops and donates, the number of employee staffs is limited, and it is difficult to increase it further because it places a burden on dogs. 

I am very sorry,
We have a sincere request.
Even a little is fine.
To save the lives of our 100 therapy dogs,
Would you please donate?

Of course, starting with me, all the volunteer staff intend to get over this difficult situation as much as we can, but we still need your support and cooperation.

Thank you very much.
Thank you for reading.

Sincerely yours.
29.February 2020

Non Profit Organization
Japan Animal Therapy Association
Director
Eiko Kazama

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Healing Salon for human&dogs
Healing Salon for human&dogs
Jasper at facility
Jasper at facility
Jasper&Helios
Jasper&Helios
Johann
Johann
Johann and daughters
Johann and daughters
Kangal mix dogs
Kangal mix dogs
Vanilla & Dark
Vanilla & Dark
Moon&Luce
Moon&Luce
Jasper during therapy activity
Jasper during therapy activity
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Dog's farm" Village of Fuji"
Dog's farm" Village of Fuji"

Hello!
Thank you as always for your warm support for JATA’s “Stray Dogs become therapy dogs“ project. This time we introduce you our facility, “Village of Fuji”.

“Village of Fuji” is located in Mishima-city, Shizuoka prefecture at the foot of Japan’s most famous mountain, Mt. Fuji. It is approximately two hours from Kanagawa prefecture where JATA’s headquarters is located. In “Village of Fuji”, dogs live freely and easily in a vast area of approximately 2,000m2. In the summer, they enjoy bathing in the swimming pool for dogs.

Kanagawa headquarters is located in the downtown and dogs are living indoors. Though the room temperature is controlled and it is comfortable as the risk of infection caused by insects is mitigated, dogs cannot run as much as they want given a limited space. For the purpose of mental and physical care for dogs, we periodically rotate dogs between headquarters and “Village of Fuji”. Like humans, a therapy dog can heal people only if it is healthy both physically and mentally.

More than 40 large dogs are living together in “Village of Fuji”. We carry out animal therapy that allows you to contact with dogs indoors and outdoors. Dogs that were once wild dogs are also active as therapy dogs. All dogs welcome anybody friendly. People who visit “Village of Fuji” feel open-minded in an environment where a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji can be seen and play with large dogs running freely around them. They go back to cities with smiles after being mentally and physically refreshed,

Frequent visitors to a salon in Kanagawa prefecture where they can contact with therapy dogs called “Healing Salon for Human and Dogs” come all the way to “Village of Fuji” to see therapy dogs who moved there in rotation. They are happy to reunite and so are dogs.

Johan who used to be a stray dog provided therapy to many people at “Healing Salon for Human and Dogs” and currently does his job in “Village of Fuji”. There are many people who support Johan. Johan has gone to the far away "Village of Fuji", and the supporters living in the city miss him without being able to meet Johan. Having said that, they say if Johan is happy in a place he loves, they would also feel happy and strive. And they often come to see Johan.

In addition, “Village of Fuji” is an important place to train puppies to be therapy dogs. While it is certainly important for puppies to contact with many people in a period when they learn to adapt to society, it is also equivalently important to learn about dog society. In “Village of Fuji”, among various kinds of dogs from small ones to large ones, they learn skills to communicate with other dogs. Not only Johan, but also other therapy dogs who used to be stray dogs have educated many puppies. Puppies who were raised in “Village of Fuji” have grown to heal people as therapy dogs.

Facilities in “Village of Fuji” are aging. Two years ago, we set up a new kennel with donations from everyone. Thanks to everybody who supported, they are able to survive in winter and summer and spend their time comfortably. We would greatly appreciate your warm support.

Now a fence surrounding “Village of Fuji” is deteriorating. In addition, several typhoons damaged it. Though we manage to maintain it by repairing it every time it is damaged, it is a quick-fix solution. It needs to be rebuilt. Then it would be much appreciated if you could provide us with your warm support for our effort to create an environment in which therapy dogs in “Village of Fuji” can live comfortably.

Therapy Dog "Johan"
Therapy Dog "Johan"
Johan and his children
Johan and his children
Therapy Dog "Bal" (former stray dog in Turkey)
Therapy Dog "Bal" (former stray dog in Turkey)
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
Animal Assisted Therapy at nursing home
comfortable dog house
comfortable dog house
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Tarcin with Tilki and Balkiz in Fuji village
Tarcin with Tilki and Balkiz in Fuji village

I met Tarcin in the summer of 2010. Tarcin was a typical wild dog in Turkey. Tarcin is read as Tartune. It is cinnamon in Turkish. Her partner was Tilki. It is fox in Turkish. (I gave him this name because he looked like a fox.)

In the early summer of 2010, I met these two dogs while going to the post office for work. It was before I met the JATA. These two dogs were sitting on the street in front of the post office every day. Usually, wild dogs are thrown stones, so they are scared and go away when humans approach, but these two are different. In particular, Tarcin was very friendly, was touched his head, and ate food from my hands. At that time, I had already four Golden Retrievers in my apartment, so I could not take them home.

Tarcin seemed to have Kangal dog blood. Black mouth is like an uncle, but she is a girl. She was so charming! She was always with Tilki like twins. I went to see them almost every day because they missed me. I sometimes left water and food, but

Don’t put food here." 

“It's annoying if they get used to sitting on the street! “

Some people have no heart. In Turkey, they do not kill street dogs, for religious reasons, so after vaccination and wearing something like a plastic tag on the ear, many dogs return to the road, as a dog in the area, a nearby person will care them. Dogs with tags are not scared by people. Maybe they knew that they were wild dogs, they never tried to follow me.

One day in the evening when such a situation lasted for about a month, I went to give food to them in the same way, After I said "bye-bye! see you tomorrow!" and then I ran the car, two of them followed me, I have never seen such a sight before. There are boulevards on my way to my house, so I thought this would be bad if they had a traffic accident, I stopped the car and gave them water and try to run the car again, but they both were still trying to follow me from behind. 

That's why Tarcin and Tilki have become my children from street dogs. As I mentioned before, I couldn’t put them in my home. I left them to a veterinarian for a while, but I wanted to give them rehabilitation and basic training. I decided to leave them with the trainer who was the owner of the dog run and pet hotel. They could run around in a large area of 3,000 square meters and they could make many friends, so they didn't have to worry about being hit by a car anymore! 

After then they spent nearly six years there, and in 2016 they came all the way to Japan by airplane.  Since then, they had played an active role as a therapy dog at Village of Fuji. (Dog's farm) A farm 2000m² where you can see great Mt, Fuji. Tarcin, who was calm and did not quarrel with any other dogs, was always very popular in the village of Fuji. Tarcin was happy to live with Tilki and other dogs there. 

From around the spring of 2019, she had trouble with her kidneys and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 15th. Many people were sad. She was loved by everyone, and she was active in two countries. On the day of her death, other dogs from Turkey (who also became therapy dogs from street dogs) sent her off.  She finished her life as a wonderful therapy dog!!

My dearest Tarcin, you proved that even wild dogs can be good therapy dogs. I was really happy to meet you and I was proud of you! Please keep watching us. Let's meet again! Thank you! Tarcin!

Regardless of whether you are a wild dog or a pedigree dog, dogs have the same power to heal people. JATA will continue to work hard to make everyone aware of the unlimited healing power of dogs, And I believe it will lead to decrease the number of killings in Japan. We will do our best. Please support JATA's project, “Stray Dogs become Therapy Dogs”!

Thank you for reading to the end! 

* C of TARCIN is exactly Ç.  Ç pronounced as ch in Turkish alphabets.

 

NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association

C.E.O  Eiko KAZAMA

Tarcin with Tilki on the street in Turkey
Tarcin with Tilki on the street in Turkey
Tarcin was hybrid dog with Kangal dog blood.
Tarcin was hybrid dog with Kangal dog blood.
With dog trainer in Turkey.
With dog trainer in Turkey.
Tarcin always touched the people's heart.
Tarcin always touched the people's heart.
She was so happy in Fuji Village.
She was so happy in Fuji Village.
I never forget her gentle smile face!
I never forget her gentle smile face!
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my dog DIDO
my dog DIDO

I'm Eiko Kazama, President of the Japan Animal Therapy Association and Healing Salon for human and dogs(general incorporated association ).Japan Animal Therapy Association is working on the project "Turn a wild dog into a therapy dog! " The dogs that became superbly therapy dogs like Johann ,Chocolat and other dogs. They are so active and loved by many people in "Healing Salon for human and dogs"

"Healing Salon for Human and Dogs" (http://ikoi.me/) is a special facility which I established in 2012 with certain thoughts in mind. It is operated in cooperation with the Japan Animal Therapy Association. Today I will talk about why I created this place.

To begin with, I will talk about my encounter and the promise with a Golden Retriever named “Dido”, one of my dogs that died in 2011.I lived in Turkey for 25 years from 1993, and having spent almost half of my life abroad, I feel Turkey is like my second homeland. I had never had a dog in Japan before, and it was the spring of 2005 when I welcomed a Golden Retriever called “Leo” who was just a 50 days-old puppy(currently 14 years old) in Turkey for the first time in my life.

At that time, I was taking a strong steroid medicine for a kidney disease (now a disease designated as an intractable disease). The doctor had been telling me that I might need dialysis in near future. In such a situation, I decided to realize my longing dream to have a dog in my life. It was strange to think so! I went to the pet shop and met the 50 days-old puppy there. I liked him instantly with just one glance and decided to have him. It was Leo!

However, before having him, I asked myself if I could bear the responsibility to take care of him until the end. I read that a Golden Retriever costs at least 40,000 dollars during a lifetime.I had looked up in internet so many times and did lots of reading that emphasized the need of understanding why it must be a Golden Retriever and not another kind of breed. The more I knew about a Golden Retriever, the more I wanted to spent time with such a dog!!

The 50 days-old Leo was adorably cute and small, and I was crazy for him.At that time my daughter was 8 years old (She also longed for a Golden Retriever)and to her, Leo was just like her little brother!I never knew such a cute thing existed in this world; life was totally changing! I hadn’t even known the name “Golden Retriever” before,but I became fascinated by this beautiful and elegant animal covered with golden hair, and I realized the greatness of the dog!

As you may or may not know, there are many street dogs in Turkey.I had been scared of street dogs before, but after having Leo, I felt sympathy for them. I had a strange feeling, thinking that "they are same as Leo, they were also cute puppies."Eventually, it became a daily routine for me to go and feed them and donate food to dog shelters.In Turkey, it is a kind of a status symbol to keep a large sized dog, hence many Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are bought, but then often abandoned because people are not able to pay for the costly dog food as the dogs grow large. Turkey is an Islamic country, so they do not kill dogs like Japan, but instead many dogs go to dog shelters or spend their all lives in streets as wild dogs.

In Spring of 2006 I went walking with Leo, when we met a pure female Golden Retriever named “Dido” who was kept at a construction site. Probably she was caught when she was wandering around. I visited her everyday with Leo and became a good friend. A few days later, I negotiated with the workers at the construction site and paid 800 dollars to take Dido. Come to think of it, it was quite an expensive amount in Turkey! Dido was a very clever, strong, and kind dog. Sometimes she looked sad; perhaps because she was abandoned. Of course, she could not talk to me until the end, but she was a very kind dog and friend to me all the time.On the following year of April 1st, 2007, seven puppies were born between Leo and Dido.Sherbet and Pon were also one of those puppies and became the main members of "Healing Salon for Human and Dogs"  a few years later.

The Great East Earthquake of March 11, 2011 was the day when 5 years ago Dido came to our house. At that time of catastrophe, I first learned about the Animal Assisted Activity. I thought it was amazing how a dog can heal a person! I thought vaguely that Dido, who always quietly and gently cuddles and who know sadness, would definitely become a therapy dog!

However, that summer I had to stay in Japan for a month for the preparation of my daughter's high school exam, and Dido died the day after I returned to Turkey at the end of August.Dido had stayed at a dog training center where they frequently took care of my dogs. When I brought her to the Vet, she was at her last gasp. I didn't know the cause of her death. I didn't understand why Dido had to die or why she had to die then, and I almost became Pet loss.I spent every day crying until the forty-ninth day of her death. Some people gave inconsiderate words that told me. I didn’t have to be upset because I had three other Golden Retrievers! But that was not the point! I thought no one could understand me at that time.

After the forty-nine days, my tears have dried up and I was able to calm down a little. At the same time, I became able to thank to Dido for teaching me how wonderful a dog is!And I remembered.... before Dido died, she stared at me and as if she said, "Thank you mom, you will do your best for the dogs even if I'm gone." Then I understood that I cannot just cry but look forward and try something for the dogs and do something! This is a promise between me and Dido!! That's what I thought.I noticed that my kidney had also cured, which may have been thanks to the dogs. The doctor told me that it was miraculous.

In the fall, I checked various animal therapy associations and contacted the one called “Japan Animal Therapy Association,” and decided to get a qualification as an Animal therapist.I wanted Dido to become a therapy dog, but it did not realize, so I hoped her daughter Sherbet to become one!I hoped to spread therapy dogs all over Japan and all over the world! Creating a space where everyone can touch the therapy dogs, (usually the therapy dogs visit the facility);where people and dogs can touch and be healed!!

I believe that you can do things which you cannot do alone, if you work with a solid organization. So, I believed in the Japan Animal Therapy Association, and with the help' the general incorporated association “Healing Salon for Human and Dogs" was founded in 2012. We started with a small room at first, then we renewed it 3 years ago,and now it is enlarged to a place with a deck.At that time, I had never thought that I would become the president of the Japan Animal Therapy Association. Fate is unpredictable!

In 2015, I brought Leo, Sherbet and Pon from Turkey to Japan.In Japan, Sherbet successfully passed the therapy dog exam! She even visited a palliative care unit of the National hospital.Then I thought street dogs may also become therapy dogs!I had rescued 5 abandoned street dogs in Turkey and were looked after by the trainers. I decided to bring them to Japan.They were: a Kangal mix dog Balkiz, Tilki , Tarcin, a Golden Retriever Johann, and mix dog Chocolat. (You can see each of their stories from the top page of “Ikoinobasho http://ikoi.me/”). Each of them has grown and become a great respectable therapy dog!!

The tomb of Dido is still in the corner of a Turkish dog shelter.Since it is a grave where over 100 dogs are sleeping and 5000 dogs live, I think Dido does not feel lonely either.I always talk to the photo of Dido:My lovely Dido, it was a short time, but I was happy to be with you! As I promised, mom is working hard for the dogs! I’m working hard on both"Animal Therapy Association"and"Healing Salon for Human and Dogs." I hope you watch over the success!

I am here now because I met Dido. I will try my best to spread the idea of therapy dogs even if it may not be an easy journey. My dogs have really changed my life!I would like to share with you some of the miraculous power of dogs that will change YOUR life.

Thank you for reading!

Eiko Kazama
Japan Animal Therapy Association(JATA)
C.E.O

DIDO's daughter Sherbet
DIDO's daughter Sherbet
Tarcin&Tilki~turned to therapy dog from streetdog
Tarcin&Tilki~turned to therapy dog from streetdog
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Irem Usar: General Manager in Istanbul HQ
Irem Usar: General Manager in Istanbul HQ

Hello!
Thank you for always providing us warm support for JATA’s “ Stray Dogs become therapy dogs “ project.This time we will introduce our activity and new future project at Istanbul Head quarters in Turkey!! Yes ! Our association has Animal Assisted Activity not only in Japan but also abroad where 8,800km far from Japan !!

General Manager in Istanbul Head quarters, Irem Usar is child writer and she dedicate her almost life to animal rescue and animal assisted activity.She has two Labrador Retrievers named Poka and Luka, Poka was rescued from bad breeding environment and Luka also was rescued from shelter almost 1 year ago.Both became fine therapy dog now thanks to Irem.They are certificated by JATA.They mainly visit to elementary school.Children play with Poka and Luka, read books with them, Even the child who was scared of dogs at first gets used to it.Poka and Luka are working hard, Luka is beginner of therapy dog! Poka teaches him very kindly.

Irem says,since 2017, we have a class in schools, called “Discover Dogs”. In this class, we tell the kids about dogs, we try to make them love animals and therefore nature. Besides, we volunteer counselling for the “A Shelter Dog for Our School” project, which will take place in a public school in Istanbul.

There are nearly 150,000 stray dogs and an average of 40 shelters in Istanbul. We want to establish a “Children and Dog House” to bring shelter dogs and children together. Since 2017, we have owned two shelter dogs and trained them as Therapy Dogs. Poka and Luka, are certified by the NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association.

Near future, we want to add new shelter dogs to our team and have a “Children and Dog House” center where we can improve our work.What are we going to do at the “Children and Dog House”?
- We will advise families of autistic and special needyhandicapped children who want to adopt a dog and we will select the appropriate dogs from the shelters, adopt and train them. Dogs will be certified by NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association.
- We will help children who are afraid of dogs to overcome their fears.
- We're going to have a children's literature library corner. We will meet children who have difficulty reading or who do not like reading, with “Library dogs”.
- We'll do Workshops:
- “Through My Dog's Eyes” workshop, which includes games that enable children to approach dogs empathically,
- “I Became The Vet” workshop, where children found and listens to the hearts of dogs and discuss the feelings and needs of theme.
- “Leadership” workshop, where children learn the importance of the body posture, tone of voice in communication.
- “Children and Dog House” will be open to school visits.


I will do my best to realize the project!!!

Please look forward to the success of Istanbul head quarters of JATA.

Resources
pokaileterapi.blogspot.com.tr
instagram: pokailekopeklerikesfet

Project Leader
Project leader Irem Usar, is the author of children's books.
http://gunisigikitapligi.com/kisiler/irem-usar/ 

therapy dogs "Poka and Luka"
therapy dogs "Poka and Luka"
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school.
AAE at elementary school.
AAE at elementary school
AAE at elementary school
therapy dog "Poka"
therapy dog "Poka"
therapy dog "Luka"
therapy dog "Luka"
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