Monday, March 14, 2011

FInding Ways To Help Japan's People And Animals

The  devastation in Japan is horrifying, and as rescue organizations from around the world attempt to assist the recovery efforts, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people and animals affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
The organizations below specifically help with animal rescue efforts in the affected areas:

World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary care around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. They are getting supplies and a first responder team ready to deploy to Japan.

The American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services Team is monitoring the situation closely and is reaching out to its international partners  to provide a joint response to this global emergency.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has deployed search and rescue teams to Japan.

The Animal Refuge Kansai is an organization in Kansai, Japan, that is preparing for a huge influx of animals from the disaster areas.
As we’re mourning the loss of life with Japan’s citizens, and praying for those who’ve lost so much, cat lovers around the world are also wondering about the fate of the cats of Japan’s Cat Island.

“Cat Island,” officially known as “Tashiro Island” (田代島), is an island near Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, and it's an island for cats!  Check out this Google Maps satellite view of the island.
There are approximately 100 residents on Cat Island, and most of them are over 70. One person is 37, and everybody else is over 60 years old.

So far there doesn't seem to be any news about how the Island has fared during the tsunami.

Here is a map of Japan with the area of "Cat Island" circled.  Unfortunately, it is very close to the epicenter of the earthquake.

1 comment:

  1. We are so hoping all the residents on Cat island are all right. There have been some reports on Faceback that they are all right but they need supplies