Elderly dogs and cats living in shelters, more often than not, have little chance of being adopted by a loving family, and are destined to live out their lives institutionalized, through no fault of their own. They are abandoned and sadly, unwanted. Some because their caretakers could no longer take care of them, some because of natural disasters like the 2011 earthquake in Japan, that left them orphaned and often resignedly traumatized. But you can help.
Animal Refuge Kansai cares for elderly dogs and cats that no one else will care for, providing them with a loving home. Next week we're “Pedaling for Paws” in a bike-a-thon around Tokyo, to raise money to support their efforts. Last year we raised nearly 300,000 yen for ARK’s elderly animals by riding along the Sea of Japan coast from Niigata City to Toyama City. This year we’re cycling a route following Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, and we’re asking everyone to pledge per station to which we ride (the target is 30 stations). Our website explains it all.
We’ll start out on August 20th from Nerima Ward in the north of the city, and cycle along the Shakuji River through Nerima, Itabashi and Kita Wards to the iconic Sumida River. Then we'll cycle south along that river, through Arakawa and Taito Wards, making the first five of the 30 station stops on our route at: Tabata, Nishi-Nippori, Nippori, Uguisudani and Ueno Stations. We'll stay the night near Ueno Station.
On the second day we'll hit the bulk of the stations on the circular line, checking off Okachimachi, Akihabara, Kanda, Tokyo, Yurakucho, Shimbashi, Hamamatsucho, Tamachi, Shinagawa, Osaki, Gotanda, Meguro, Ebisu, Shibuya, Harajaku, Yoyogi and Shinjuku Stations. Along the way we'll cycle through Chiyoda Ward, Chuo Ward, Minato Ward, Shinagawa Ward, Meguro Ward, Shibuya Ward, and finally Shinjuku Ward, where we'll spend the night.
The last day's leg of the journey we'll cycle through Toshima Ward, completing the remaining station stops on our three day ride. We're going to be stopping at Shin-Okubo, Takadanobaba, Mejiro, Ikebukuro, Otsuka, Sugamo and Komagome Stations before making a final stop at Tabata, the first station we stopped at on day one, which will get us to 30 station stops! From there we'll ride back to the Sumida River which we'll follow again to the Shakuji River, then along that back home to Nerima Ward.
Kindly go to our website for more information and pledge your support today for our four-legged friends who have been abandoned, and help us help them. Then follow us on Facebook as we circle around one of the most amazing cities on earth. Please pledge your support now, it’ll feel great to know you’ve made a difference in the lives of these wonderful cats and dogs.