Started out by attending ARK's 20th anniversary party in Osaka, held at the Hankyu International Hotel...

Then out to Tokushima to visit HEART, along with Isabella from Animal Friends Niigata

Triffle, Bourbon, and Chardonay were welcoming...

...Spent the night sleeping with dogs rather than cats!

Really lovely, friendly dogs looking for homes!

The following day we visited Tokushima Animal Control Center...



Susan Mercer was there to pick up a young dog to take back to HEART for re-homing...

Said hello to some of the center's puppies and dogs that have been set aside for re-homing...

I wished that I could take this one back with me! Thankfully Susan will be picking this one up soon, too.

Susan is doing amazing work going out regularly to the center and helping to rescue so many animals...

...that would otherwise have almost no chance at all.

This little guy will now soon be in a home of his own.

A quick stop at the vet with new puppy, and then back to Heart's office.

Saw lots more dogs...

...and some sweet cats, too...

Met Asia, who lost her back legs...

...treated so cruelly by people previously, she's still willing to give anyone a chance!
I brought Asia back to stay with Sharon, who is dedicated to helping kitties with special needs.
Isabella brought a special needs dog back with her, so it was a crowded bus trip back. Nice to have had a chance to catch up with Susan and Isabella!