Animal Rescue in Japan after Earthquake & Tsunami
Following the current tragic events in Japan, earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns which have left more than 500,000 homeless, local grassroot animal rescue groups are acting to save companion animals left without food, protection and family.
HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network (links) have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years. They are working tirelessly to keep animal rescue on the agenda, provide shelter space, coordinate some Earthquake/Tsunami animal rescues
The groups all operate a no-kill policy.
All funds donated will be strictly and explicitly reported as well as expenses. Donations of money and resources will be used strictly for rescue, care and support of animals in crisis due to the earthquake and tsunami and not for normal operating costs.
Animal Rescue in Kansai (ARK)
Elizabeth Oliver’s much larger Animal Rescue in Kansai (ARK) (link) provided support for many animals during the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. They have reported that the number of homeless pets may be immense. During that last disaster, ARK took many animals from the emergency centres where people has sought refuge but which had refused to allow the animals entrance.
It is reported that refuge centers for human beings are again refusing companion animals this disaster. Many owners are then being forced to remain in unsafe housing, with no utilities, to look after their animals rather than leave and neglect them.
Where animals do not die naturally, most prefectures cull animal disaster victims. Even during normal periods, animals will often be killed even before they are taken to governmental animal welfare centers. If rescued, family dogs will survive only for one week even if collared and cats generally destroyed immediately. It is reported that time is now down to three days.
On the basis of their previous experience, ARK have established a “Large Scale Rescue Fund”, see link, and note that many animals will be traumatised and require veterinary attention. Again, any donations will be used for the animals made homeless in this terrible disaster.
Nippon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rescue and welfare work is also being supported by an active grassroots NPO Nippon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA), unlike the so-called “Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” which is an government and industry based group.
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