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Helping Pets in Japan

Whenever disaster strikes in any part of the world, the first donation I make is to the Red Cross. Quick and efficient aid is critical and I know the Red Cross can get the job done. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was horrific, and the people there need all the help they can get.

Helping Pets in Japan

Animal rescue workers save dog after Japan earthquake and tsunami. Photo courtesy of Associated Press.

Pets in Japan

The next thing that comes to my mind is pet rescue. We see it all the time – the many pets in need of aid after a disaster. I recently saw a video on You Tube that was heartbreaking. The video showed one dog refusing to leave the side of its companion after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

There are numerous posts of this video. Here is one of them.

Loyal Dog Won’t Leave Injured Friend Behind

As an animal-lover, I want to do what I can for those pets that survived the disaster, but are lost and hurt without their owners. Here is some information I’ve gathered on the web about how we can help those beloved pets in need.

Japan Animal Rescue Groups

You can donate to these following animal rescue groups working in Japan. They are working hard to rescue as many animals from the tsunami disaster as possible.

The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is made up of three groups – HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata, and Japan Cat Network. These groups are rescuing, sheltering, and re-homing pets.


Chipin: Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support – The link to their site is no longer live.

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World Vets provides veterinary assistance all over the world. They currently have vets on the ground in Japan and are working with Animal Friends of Niigata and Japan Cat Network.


Animal Refuge Kansai is preparing to take in pets and is also accepting donations.


Humane Society International is also working together with Japanese animal organizations to provide assistance.


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