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Kanagawa Updates (Jun. '21)

Introducing the latest topics of Kanagawa and the prefectural government.

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No Euthanasia of Dogs and Cats in FY2020, Again!

   In FY2020, Kanagawa Prefectural Animal Welfare Center achieved zero euthanasia of both dogs and cats brought into the center.  No euthanasia has been maintained for eight years since 2013 for dogs and seven years since 2014 for cats. 

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   Kanagawa Prefectural Animal Welfare Center was first established as Dog Management Center in 1972 to improve efficiency of capture and detention work of dogs, which was conducted by public health and welfare centers.  Later on, the administrative policy changed its focus from preventing stray dogs’ harms on people to improving animal welfare.  The purpose of the facility was shifted to protection of animals, too, and newly named as Animal Protection Center. 

 

   Further change was made along with the increased awareness of animal welfare among citizens.  In 2019, the center was transformed from a facility to euthanize animals to the one to take care of them.  It was reborn as Kanagawa Prefectural Animal Welfare Center, the base of animal well-being, for creating a society where people and animals live a happy life together. 

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   Aiming to go beyond the zero euthanasia achievement, Kanagawa Prefectural Government is making further efforts.  To accelerate efforts to find new homes of the dogs and cats brought to Animal Welfare Center, we are conducting various programs utilizing animalwelfarecenter2Kanagawa Prefectural Foundation for Protecting Lives of Pets, including treatment of wounded/sick dogs and cats, training of untamed dogs, online adoption event and in-advance orientation, and renewal of the center’s website. 

 

   For FY2021, online adoption event is scheduled four times.  You can virtually join it from home. 

 

animalwelfarecenter3   The consecutive years of zero euthanasia have been achieved due to the dedicated activities of the volunteers and the citizens who welcomed the dogs and cats as a foster family.  We will keep promoting adoption and returning of the pets to owners to decrease the number of pets sheltered in the Animal Protection Center in cooperation with the volunteer citizens and related organizations. 

   

 

Kanagawa Orange Ambassadors Get Going!

   “Kanagawa Orange Ambassador”, served by people with dementia, directly sends messages to the citizens of Kanagawa.  They engage in activities in their own way to promote understanding of dementia.  In April, we appointed 16 applicants from the public to serve online meetingas the ambassador. 

   On April 27, “Kanagawa Orange Ambassador Kick-off Remote Meeting” was carried out with participation of the new ambassadors to discuss their future activities.

 

   “Ambassador Served by Patient with Dementia”, or “Ambassador of Hope”, is created by the national government with an aim to realize a society where even dementia patients can live their own life in a familiar environment by increasing opportunities for these people to express their opinions.  In January 2020, five people with dementia were appointed as Ambassador of Hope.  The national government set forth the objective of having local governments assign their own version of Ambassador of Hope.

 

   There are already many people with dementia who are engaged in such activities in Kanagawa.  So, Kanagawa Prefectural Government had discussion with these people, their families and supporters, about a suitable scheme for Ambassador of Hope of Kanagawa version.

 

   There were various opinions, such as “Those appointed by the national government seem to be someone special, but I want people to understand that they don’t necessarily represent all of dementia patients”, “It is difficult to join such activities alone, but I may be able to do it if I am with company”, “I don’t want to be hurt when I fail”, “There may be people who wish to join besides those already engaged in such activities, so the ambassadors should be invited from the public” and “Screening does not fit in but registration is better.”  Based on these voices, K.P.G. decided not to set the fixed number of Ambassador of Hope of Kanagawa and accept applicants as many as possible, and have them participate or cooperate in activities matched with their desires or health condition.  As we have already conducted a similar activity called “Orange Partner”, we decided to name them “Kanagawa Orange Ambassador”.

 

   We hope they will join or cooperate for various activities to promote understanding of dementia, such as speaking at lectures, writing articles for publicities, joining peer support activities and performing at events as Kanagawa Orange Ambassador according to their wish and conditions.