On September 18 at OIST campus, a OIST animal protection club, Save Okinawa Cats & Kitties (SOCKs) held a bakery sale event to raise donation fund for animal protection activities. OIST researchers and students who belong to the club brought their handmade sweets for sale. Many people came to the event and the total sales was as much as 200,000 yen. The raised funds will be distributed to three animal protection groups in Okinawa. This event has been held for four times since 2017.
SOCKs was established by the OIST volunteers who wanted to save lives of abandoned cats on campus and in Onna Village. They have been protected 110 abandoned cats by providing neuter service and so on. One of the SOCKs members, Ms. Payal Shah (37) commented, “There used to be so many abandoned cats. Even though what we can do may be limited, we want to save cats as much as possible.”
SOCKs has also been working with Society to Protect Animals Cherubimes for carrying out their volunteer activities. Mr. Tapan Sabuwala (39), who has been cleaning the cages for cats and dogs in animal shelter operated by Cherubimes in Ishikawa, said, “We have been doing these activities because we want these abondoned animals living comfortably and happily.”
Members of Cherubimes participate in the OIST charity event every time, searching for new owners for the animals at the same time. Ms. Shie Hirano, the representative director of Cherubimes commented, “Most animal protection groups have been doing these activities on volunteer base. I appreciate this kind of event being held. We would like to aim for a society where no cats and dogs will be killed, and we would like to continue disseminating our activities with this goal.”