Animal Walk Tokyo was formed in 2010 by a small group of people living in Tokyo with a drive for helping the animals around us. Each person involved had a passion for contributing, but not one of us was able to find information in English on how to do so without adopting or fostering.
Because of this, we began building our own community of people within the Kanto area, focused on living with and helping animals in need. We started by holding fundraising events for local animal rescue groups that we felt did a good job helping animals. Our first event was “Sanpo in the Park” in the Spring of 2011, and we have continued to hold fundraising events every season since then. We use our events to raise awareness among the local community that animals do suffer around us, and we can all help. Our events are run purely by volunteers, with no overhead costs, so that all proceeds can be used to donate food, medical supplies and transportation to rescue groups saving animals in our area.
In the Fall of 2013, we launched a new division of our group. This division is focused on helping people find support for living with pets in Japan. In our experience, it can be intimidating to move to this country with your animals, or to adopt, because resources are not easily found in English. Japanese businesses can actually be quite accommodating to animals, if you know where to find them. We put virtual discussion boards in place on our Community tab for people to use to connect and share their favorite resources with each other. We encourage everyone to ask questions and provide advice openly on these boards.
We are a multicultural group (both Japanese and foreign), and we are always seeking new members. If you are interested in joining our group, please take a look at the Get Involved tab and contact us about any volunteer jobs that interest you. We would love to hear from you!
Animal Walk Tokyo is not a “Not for Profit Organization”. All activities are community-based, run and paid for by volunteers. Donations are always raised in the name of a local rescue group and given directly to that group after the event ends.