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By March 17, 2011

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Japan Tsunami, 3/15/2011

I'm stunned and heartbroken over the news coming out of Japan, and we don't even know if the worst is over yet. The 9.0 earthquake that hit on March 11, 2011 caused devastating 30-foot-high tsunami waves as well as explosions at nuclear power plants. The nuclear crisis still isn't over, and the death toll could top 25,000. Over 400,000 people are homeless.

One poignant news video from Japan shows a dog who guards his wounded friend amidst a sea of rubble, and refuses to leave the other dog's side. Both dogs have since been rescued.

What you can do: Several charities are working to save animals in Japan. If you get a PayPal screen in Japanese, you can change it to English by clicking the drop-down menu in the top right corner:

  • Nippon SPCA is accepting donations for its Earthquake Damage Animal and Shelter Fund. Their website states, "To our regret, very large damage had been received. All shops are closed. There is no water. There is not electricity either."
  • Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network, formed to "focus information, rescue and support for animals in crisis due to the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami in northern Japan."
  • Animal Rescue Kansai is a nonprofit shelter in Japan that "will accept as many animals as possible, those made homeless from the TOHOKU-PACIFIC earthquake and tsunami which occurred on 11th March." The organization rescued over 600 animals after the Kobe earthquake of 1995.
  • World Vets provides "veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad." You can donate here, and visit their website here.

If you're looking to donate to help the people of Japan, you can find a list of charities here, and find out how you can help Japan without getting scammed here.

I just want to add quickly that any claims that this tragedy is somehow payback or karma for Japan killing whales or dolphins shows a gross insensitivity to the victims, as well as a lack of understanding of animal rights. I'm not going to post any quotes here, but these types of comments are either based on prejudice against Japanese people or a culturally imperialistic/speciesist view that Japan is wrong for killing whales but it's OK for other countries to kill cows. As stated on the Vegans of Color blog, nobody deserves a tsunami.

H/T to TeddyHilton.com; ConsciousCat.net; Jenna, the Guide to Dogs; and Linda, the Guide to Women's Issues.

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March 17, 2011 at 5:43 am
(1) Linda says:

Thank you, Doris, for remembering our four-footed companions during this disaster; for providing links to charitable organizations geared to the needs of animals in Japan; and for acknowledging the punitive statements made by others about the earthquake being payback. It needed to be said, and you always have the stomach for these things. Thank Dog!

On a lighter note…The whales/cows analogy is going to stick with me for the rest of the day…I don’t know why, but it’s so visual.

March 17, 2011 at 9:17 am
(2) Amanda Rock says:

Thanks for the information Doris!

March 17, 2011 at 11:17 am
(3) Kc says:

I appreciate receiving the NEWS that you share — I Believe those two dogs MUST BE REUNITED – It is very evitable that there was a bond created and healing will most likely accelerate with them together, since they have LOST EVERYTHING ELSE familiar to them. Please reunite the dogs that were rescued.

March 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(4) radha says:

I was looking for a way to donate to the animals in Japan, and came upon your site. I just donated to World Vet. Thank you very much for your service and compassion. Truly in times like these, the suffering of animals is extraordinary. Thank you for remembering them.

March 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm
(5) ray says:

Thanks for telling us about the animals. But your wrong about the wale and cow issue, cows are easily reproduced, but wales are not. If Japan keeps killing these wales, soon there will be none. Try watching Wale Wars.

March 18, 2011 at 12:54 am
(6) Vanessa MELENDEZ says:

Hi – I attempted to donate to one of your listed rescues that is actually in Japan. You might want to review currency translation…I was intending to donate $50 american dollars but I think the paypal is default to Japanese Yen….which I think translates into like 6cents.

Might be helpful to get more direction on this!!!

Thanks for posting –


March 18, 2011 at 1:13 am
(7) VANESSA says:

@ ray – your only half right….the whale hunting should stop….your wrong about cows and have a false perception….just because they can be “reproduced”…does not make it ok to kill them….taking life is taking life….whether there are few or many.

March 23, 2011 at 11:39 am
(8) kuppuraj v says:

Thanks for your information. LOVE ANIMALS

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