The news and video footage that’s been emerging from Japan over the last five days is almost too unreal for words – and many of the facts and figures have been related to people – but what about the animals?
Behind the U.S.A., Brazil and China, Japan has the fourth highest pet dog population in the world at just over 9.6 million, many of whom were just as affected by last Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake that caused a devastating tsunami. In this video, captured by a Japanese news crew shooting footage of the destruction left in the wake of the tsunami, a now-homeless dog demonstrates how the bonds of loyalty transcend species when it refuses to leave the side of it’s companion.
[pullquote quote="Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. " credit="Kenn Sakurai"]According to Kenn Sakurai, who posted the original footage, it took two hours to get close enough to these animals to rescue them and deliver the treatment they required at the closest shelter. Here is what he posted on his Facebook page:
“Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area. But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help.”
Sakurai works at Butch-Japan – an animal rescue organization. Donations at PayPal can be accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some other links to Animal Rescue groups responding to the Japanese crisis, care of the Best Friends Animal Society:
How you can help*
To give a donation to help rescue animals in Japan, click on one of these links:
- For HEART-Tokushima and the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, click here. CBS CARES.
When you donate to HEART-Tokushima, your donations will go to the coalition Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, and will be divided equally among all the rescue groups participating.
- If you prefer to give to Japan Cat Network or Animal Garden Niigata — all belong to the same coalition — please click here — or here. CBS CARES.
If you encounter a PayPal form in Japanese instead of English, and you cannot read it, try going to the HEART-Tokushima site above, where the form is in English. Indicate “for earthquake relief” on the form.
- To donate to Animal Rescue Kansai, click here. CBS CARES.
- To view the Facebook page of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, click here. You may also donate on this page. CBS CARES.
- For the website (in Japanese) of Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, click here. CBS CARES.
- For the website (in Japanese) of Japan Animal Welfare Society, click here. CBS CARES.
- For the website of World Vets, click here. CBS CARES.
Please donate with caution; if you encounter any PayPal-style forms that are not translated into English (and you do not speak Japanese), we advise that you find one that is.