Recently, more and more people live with their pets, but behind this pet boom, there are many pitiful things. An article from Minamikaze, local news paper's district edition tells about the situation in Hakodate.
Pet owner who can't live with their pets any more because of leaving the city or being too old take their pets to the municipal health center. Last year, 82 dogs and 820 cats were taken to the center by their owners and 155 stray dogs were taken by the authority and local people. Among them, only 26 dogs and 27 cats were rescued by new owners or volunteers. The rest were killed. I feel really sorry for the fact.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。