Thursday, March 17, 2011

In Which We Help Japan's Animals

I know many of you have already donated, or are planning on dontating, to relief efforts in Japan. They need it, and many of us have so much.

Unfortunately, pets have been devastated as well, and are so often left to fend for themselves in a crisis.

I hope everyone will consider taking just a small portion of any donation they are planning to make , and consider giving that to an organization that is specifically providing animal relief.

World Vets is an organization that provides assistance to animals around the globe.

From their page:

"World Vets has been monitoring the situation in Japan with regards to the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that has recently hit the island nation. We are currently working to coordinate relief efforts for the animal victims affected by these unfortunate disasters. We have made contact with US Army veterinary associates stationed in Japan as well as Japan based animal charities and World Vets veterinary volunteers who remain on standby. At this time, we have supplies ready to go and are preparing the deployment of a first-responder team to carry out an "on the ground" assessment and provide initial aid. We will post all updates and progress of our efforts on this page.
Your donations are urgently needed to coordinate aid for the animals in Japan. Any amount will help!"

I’ve joined Blog Paws Be the Change in declaring Thursday, March 17th “Paws for Japan” Day. We will be raising awareness of the World Vets effort and encouraging people to donate to their vital work.

Every Little Bit Helps.



Maria Zannini said...

Thank you for this, Sarah. I can barely contain my grief for those poor people and their pets.

They've had more than their share of pain.

Thank you again for posting.

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh man. That doggy in the video was protecting his injured friend. So sad and inspiring at the same time.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Maria - you know me and the animals/dogs

Matt - he was indeed, but they've both been rescued

Summer Frey said...

Thanks for sharing this, Sarah. I always worry about the animals, and I'm glad to see a way to help. I worked for a vet right after Hurricane Katrina and we ended up housing several cats from NO, as well as provided support for the rescue efforts there. It was very touching, and I'll never forget it.

Lola Sharp said...

I saw the video on CBS nightly news last night and promptly spent an hour sobbing. Husband couldn't console me...I was wrecked.

I donated.

Thanks for spreading the awareness. *hugs*


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for highlighting those - we can't forget the critters.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Summer - yeah me too. It hurts my heart, thinking of all the people who lost pets

Lola - aww thanks so much! (hugs)

Alex - thanks. and we can't. We're responsible for them

Hannah Kincade said...

This is fabulous. I can barely go to the humane society without crying because I can't take them all home. I did not watch the video.

I hope the animals get all the care and love that they need.

Heather said...

This is heart-breaking. There really are no words.

Thanks for spreading the awareness.

yokohamamama said...

Sarah-- you have a kind, kind heart. Thank you for posting this, as it wasn't only humans who suffered in the quake and tsunami. And that video should put to rest any ideas that human emotions came from anywhere other than nature, or that animal's emotions are somehow less than ours simply because they aren't expressed in words. The man on the video was saying (you could hear the shock of recognition in his voice) "he's protecting the other dog! He's come to get us, he wants us to come over to help!"

Thank you, Sarah.

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