Monday, March 14, 2011

Help Animals Displaced By Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Rescuers are attempting to gain access to some of the hardest hit areas, and ARK, Animal Rescue Kansai,  is currently preparing makeshift shelters to accommodate what is expected to be a massive influx of traumatized, injured, hungry and thirsty dogs and cats. (After the 1995 Kobe earthquake, ARK took in 600 animals.)Animal welfare is virtually non-existent in Japan, so the efforts of individual rescue groups and shelters make all the difference for animals in times of national catastrophes. I encourage you to check out the ARK website and help if you can.  They accept paypal, which is simple to use.
Elizabeth Oliver, Chairman of the Board of Animal Rescue Kansai:"ARK will accept as many animals as possible, those made homeless from the TOHOKU-PACIFIC earthquake and tsunami which occurred on 11th March.
The tragedy keeps on unfolding. Thousands of people are dead or missing and we can assume that most animals in the path of the tsunami, perished. Being a rural area, most dogs would have been chained, unable to escape. Foreigners are being recalled to their countries by their companies for their safety. Already we have a cat called Maggie. We had to pick her up from Kansai airport, as her owner left for Germany.
We are especially concerned about the number of pets left unattended in homes by people forced  into the evacuation centres near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, It is not clear how many would have been allowed in these centres with their owners. Others in evacuation centres have lost everything and if they have pets, will probably have to give them up.
Our office in Tokyo as well as foster homes will be able to take in some animals, others may be brought by air, once airports are open, to Osaka. We are preparing spaces to take them in here in our Nose shelter. We are also thinking of building a temporary shelter on the land in Sasayama (about 40 minutes from ARK by car). At present the land there is being prepared for building but no construction yet.

Thank you all for your concern and help. We will do our best for these animals."


  1. Morning Andie!
    you're so right to remember us of all the animals! to be honest, when a tragedy happens my heart breaks and ackes but i rarely think about all the animals! i don't know! maybe because i always think that they now nature better! that they somehow can predict this kind of things! that ...
    i was brought up listening to animals and reading their reaction to things! my parents and grandparents always said that they are able to see and feel things long before they happen and experience tells that is true. On the other hand we've changed them so much too.
    Japan is now facing a silent killer! the worst of it all! the one that will go on for generations to come just like chernobyl! what are we doing?!?! and allowing to be done?!?!
    happy day,

  2. I knew you would have a link for the animals !!

    Thank you.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  3. Your heart is as big as this mess. I am with you and my heart goes out to the people and especially the animals as they are so helpless. LOL. RC

  4. I knew if anyone would know what to do to help with the animals you would Andie, Those poor little things, this breaks my heart, I’m off to use paypal to donate!

  5. Thank You for posting this I do feel bad for the pets who now need lots of help also...........Julian

  6. I'm with you and with these poor people and their animals;.

  7. Yes this tragedy is just heartbreaking... our Prayers and resources will hopefully make a difference to those humans and fur babies that are suffering the effects of this catastrophic event. It makes me weep every time I turn on the news.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  8. Hi Andrea,
    So sad to think of all of those who are suffering, including the beloved pets, who unfortunately have been left behind.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. On the news today there were 2 dogs, one was injuried and his/her buddy wouldn't leave their side. It was so sad. I wish I could go over and give a hand. If you hear of animal rescue groups going over looking for donations let me know. xo

  10. We've all been thinking about Japan and where do you possibly start to clean and rebuild, but I admit I hadn't thought about the pets. Thank you for this reminder.


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