Animals  Japan Project #20985

Stray Dogs become "Therapy Dogs"

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Therapy Dogs
Therapy Dogs

Hello, This is Japan Animal Therapy Assciation. Thank you for your support.

Today I'd like to introduce one of our facilities, Mishima Training Ground.

It is the place all the threrapy dogs to build their healthy body and relax. There is a huge ground and dogs can run their full with the dogs' friends. It is important for dogs' mental to keep healthy mentally and phisically.

Also Mishima city has lots of green, nature, and the air is clear. It is very close to Mt.Fuji, the Japanese holy mountain. From our ground, if it is sunny day Mt. Fuji is always seen and it is so beautiful, like the attached pictures.

 

We have several facilities in the differnt areas, Kanagawa prefecure and Misima city. Kanagawa is close to Tokyo, the central of Japan. It means there are lots people and the requests of therapy visits are very big number. But we cannnot rent so large facility for the rent fee.Of course we let all dogs take enough rest, but we think it is necessary for dogs' health to enjoy running enough in the clean air environment without any therapy work.

So we move dogs Kanagawa area to Mishima regularly in turn. 

It applies for our projects' dogs, like Johann, Chocolat and so on. Actually now Chocolat is living in Mishima Training Ground and enjoy her slow time. 

We hope all dogs enjoy the therapy works. And to enjoy their work, it is necessary for dogs to take enough rest, and their mental is healty. It is the same as human. We can work hard because we take rest. Human and dogs are the same in many aspects.

We will continue our therapy activities, taking care of the dogs' health as possible as we can.

 

Thank you,

Ground
Ground
For Summer season, There is a pool for dogs.
For Summer season, There is a pool for dogs.
Dogs enjoy swimming
Dogs enjoy swimming
The biggest and holy mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji
The biggest and holy mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji

Hello,

I'd like to introduce our 2 new projects!

 

1. Renewal of birds room with soundproof

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/renewal-of-birds-room-with-soundproof/

We started birds therapy, and as a trial we have already tried it, and the customers enjoyed with the time with sweet birds. We'd like to expand it, and offer much opportunity to interact with birds for more people. 

 

2. We need activities funds for therapy dogs in summer

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/we-need-activities-fund-for-therapy-dogs-in-summer/

The funds in summer is a big problem for us, and alrealy and the hot day is increasing. In the middle of June, it will be very hot in Japan. 

 

Now GlobalGiving is doing a Mother's day campaign, and our association's topic is not associated with mother! But if you donate to our association. we would appreciate your help so much.

Thank you! 

For you!
For you!
Alex!
Alex!
Happy Birthday to Puppies!
Happy Birthday to Puppies!

In 16th April, Johann's pupies celebrated 1 years old birthday!

We held a birthday party for them, prepared a small cake for dogs (Both of dogs and human can eat it, very special cake!), and celebrated them! Though for a very short time, we put small hats on their heads, and sang a birthday song for them. 

Time past so fast. The small puppies had already become 1 years old, and are becoming great therapy dogs like Johann. All of puppies live with Johann, their father, and play with each other, and seeing on the attached pictures, they smile very well.

It's my personal opinion though, Johann's charactaristic has changed. When he came to Japan, he was already a great therapy dog. But gradually living in Japan, he smiles much more often, and his atomosphere became softer and kinder. I'm not sure whether it is why he became a father or not. But I think it could be a good change not only as a therapy dog, but also for himself. 

I hope Johann likes to live in Japan, and loves our assocation and all his family. And his lots of son and daughters feel the same.

 

Anyway, at the same day, we invited Sarah and Shreya from GrobalGiving team. We introduced our facilities and also we invited them to Healing & Recreation Center for  Human and Dogs. We hope they enjoyed interactiong wtih therapy dogs. Sarah and Shreya gave much love to Johann and his puppies, and they looked like so happy :) Also I learned many tips and about GlobalGiving. I would like to reduct my learning to our projects more.

Lastly we are welcome from your feedback. Please let us know if you have any qustion or what you'd like to know from us. 

Thank you!

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!
They wore cute hats for a short time
They wore cute hats for a short time
After enjoying, puppies sleep well
After enjoying, puppies sleep well
Birthday cake
Birthday cake
Johann and his children
Johann and his children
Puppies
Puppies

Today we are so happy to tell a very good news to you; Johann became a father!

We introduced Johann's story before, and now he is a father! His wife is a very beautiful golden retriever, Maron. They had very sweet children in July 2017.

It had took almost six monthes since they were born. The training of the puppies is going very well. Most of them live in "Healing and Recreation Salon for Human & Dogs", and are becoming very friendly and sweet therapy dogs. They live with their father, Johann, and sometimes they do educational activities on the street together.

We hope the sweet puppies grow up to be strong and healthy, and become good therapy dogs like Johann.

puppies
puppies
Johann
Johann's puppy, Maria
Johann and his daughter, Luce
Johann and his daughter, Luce
Chocolat in Japan
Chocolat in Japan

 ~We had rescued a stray dog in Turkey, and she has already finished to train to a therapy dog. But I would like to introduce this story~

 

Chocolat is a girl, estimated to be 1 year old and the mix breed of black labrador retriever and  terrier.

We rescued the 4th stray dog, Chocolat, in Ankara Turkey. 

In January, it was very cold and rainy day. Ms Eiko Kazama, who is a member of Jata, found Chocolat, driving a car on the expressway in Ankara. Chocolat has very beautful and soft black hair, so "black something" ran at full speed. She was looked like chasing the car in front.

Ms Kazama knew that was a puppy, and thoght soon or later, the puppy would be to be run over by some cars. Fortunately, at that time there were few cars on the ewpressway, so she stopped her cay aside the way, and sounded the Klaxon. Then the small black puppy also stopped running, and came to her. 

She could not leave the puppy on the expressway. The puppy, Chocolat, was not rejected to ride on the car. She brought the puppy to the diffirent safe place, a shop, then gave her some bread. Chocolat must have been so hungry, so ate a lot. 

This is the first day, Ms Kazama met Chocolat in Anakara.

Then, she named the lovely dog, Chocolat, and decided to take care of her. 

Now, Chocolate came to Japan, and be loved a lot by many people as a Therapy dog. But the way to become a therapy dog was so hard and long.

First of all, Chocolat would have been a street dog for a long time. She didn't know discipline at all. Originally she is very clever, frindly and kind to people and the other dogs. It was very very great and the most important point to train a Therapy dog. But the other  discipline was not enough.

Chocolat often entered to Ms Kazama's kichen and stoled food, and bite furnitures. Also her eyes were so sharp and looked to be so sad. Her face and behavior was totaly "street dog".

It took long time, but Ms Kazama trained Chocolat with big love. Strangely, her eyes became very soft, and increase smile. Her bad behavior also decrease.

This April, finally Chocolat came to Japan ! Ms Kazama is a member of JATA, and also a chairman of Healing & Recreation Center for Human and Dogs, where is a place anyone to interact with Therapy dogs. Then Chocolat came to the center...

She was a very very great Therapy dog. There are many people who have mental illness, and handicapped in this center. Chocolat is very sweet. She comes to such people and stay there kindly. Everyone who meets Chocolat love her.

All staffs hope Chocolat become much happier in Japan.

Chocolat in Japan
Chocolat in Japan
Playing with the other dogs
Playing with the other dogs
Therapy activity
Therapy activity
With friends
With friends
Therapy activity
Therapy activity
 

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NPO Japan Animal Therapy Association

Location: Yamato-shi - Japan
Website: http:/​/​animal-t.or.jp/​
Project Leader:
Japan Animal Therapy Association
Yamato-shi, Kanagaw-ken Japan

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