I wanted to share some information with you all about a few organizations that are dedicated to helping the animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  One of my colleagues on the Beautiful Beasties forum brought this situation to our attention.  She lived in Japan for a few years and considers it a second home.  Luckily, all of her friends in Japan are roughly 150 miles from the worst damage and they are okay, for now.  She shared with us that there really are no “shelters” over there – at least the way we know them.  Their municipal animal control facilities are for gassing purposes only.  There are no real breed rescues, no foster programs.  The fact of the matter is that animals will not be a priority over there unless we speak up and demand it.

Like most of you, I’ve seen the images on TV.  My heart goes out to everyone impacted in Japan – what a terrible, terrible tragedy this is.  The images are just unbelievable.  The ones that really break my heart are the images of the animals.  I saw a story on the news the other night about two dogs stranded – one was hurt and the other was sitting by its injured friend, protecting and comforting.  At one point, it appears that the one dog hugs his injured comrade.  It really brought tears to my eyes.  I am a strong believer that animals have feelings and they most definitely have souls.  These types of stories just prove that fact to me.  Animals are simply amazing.

CNN posted a story about the conditions for animals in Japan (and there’s the video of the two dogs mentioned above).  Currently, there are a few great organizations working to help the animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  I have listed some of their information below – please be aware that they are experiencing some website slowness due to the overwhelming response.  If you are able to donate anything to their efforts, please do so.  These poor animals are scared, hurt, confused, and separated from their families. 

I mean, can you imagine if something like this ever happened to you and your family?  I know I would be beside myself, worrying about Camden and Brady.  Unlike humans, animals can’t pick up the phone and call you to tell you they are alright.  I would be eternally grateful to organizations like this, who are helping sick and wounded animals and hopefully reuniting them with their families.  So please spread the word and tell your family and friends about these wonderful organizations.  Some of you might even have employers who will match your charitable gift.  Together, we really can help make a difference in these animals’ and peoples’ lives.

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support

Website:  http://japanearthquakeanimalrelief.chipin.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-Earthquake-Animal-Rescue-and-Support/207835229228979

World Vets

Website:  http://www.worldvets.org

Animal Refuge Kansai

Website:  http://www.arkbark.net/?q=en/

And in a mini continuation of my 52 Project theme for the week, I decided to share my other “luck” photo from this week…  here’s to good luck for all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami – both humans and animals.  I hope the families are all reunited eventually.