Owners Searching for Missing Cats after Hokkaido Quake

Society

Sapporo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Many cat owners are desperately seeking missing pets after a massive earthquake shook the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Sept. 6.

People familiar with the matter said that some cats appear to have become lost after leaving their homes in the turmoil.

The Sapporo animal management center in the city of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, has been contacted over 15 cases, more than usual, in which concerned owners were searching for their missing cats after the earthquake.

Animal welfare organizations are also reaching out to help those frantically looking for their furry companions.

A 26-year-old woman in the city of Kushiro, also in Hokkaido, could not find her nine-year-old cat, Elizabeth, anywhere after she briefly stepped out of her apartment on Sept. 6 when the quake cut off her electricity.

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