Sunday, March 27, 2011

Japans Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support

I wanted to take time today to show you a little bit more of JEARS (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support) work. They have been gracious enough to take time every day and update there Facebook Page to let us know what is going on over in Japan.

So today I want to share some pictures with you.

March 14th 2011
"This is the start of our trip to get closer to the areas affected. We packed the van with supplies from Animal Friends Niigata (where any animals we find will be brought back to, given proper medical care). What you see is pet food, kennels, leashes and capturing equipment."

March 15th 2011
 "Before we hit the disaster stricken areas of Sendai today, we spoke to this woman on the street toward the center of the city. She broke down and in tears, told us how she was from a hard hit area, but didn't evacuate because they wouldn't let her take her dog (Yusuke). She stayed with him in a shaking house for three days she said, and told us Yusuke was extremely stressed from the ordeal. She thanked us for being there to help."

March 18th 2011
 "GOOD NEWS FROM THE ROAD: Yesterday, we met a man at an evacuation centre in Sendai who told us a very touching story about his Akita dog, named Shane. The man is a pillar in his community and when he heard the tsunami warning he rushed to warn his neighbors after letting Shane free in the yard. After notifying his neighborhood, he tried to get back to his house to get Shane, but the tsunami was rapidly approaching and he was forced to go to the local school on higher ground. He had given up hope of ever seeing Shane alive again. But, 6 hours later, one of the people staying in the center said they saw a dog outside. The man went to look, and it was Shane!! Shane had never been to the school before, but somehow, his instincts lead him there. The dog swam through chest-high water before being reunited with his guardian.

The man took us to Shane, who was staying at his house several blocks from the school (the water had receded of course). Shane must have hung onto debris, as he cut both his elbows on something. We instructed the guardian on how to clean his wounds and gave him some ointment to ward off infection. We were able to leave fuel with the local veterinarian, so he will return to check on Shane and provide him with antibiotics to ensure his wounds heal."

March 18th 2001

 "Shelter officials we met in Sendai yesterday mentioned that a soldier found a cat yesterday when he was recovering bodies from an area. The cat was terrified and hiding in his bed. The soldier brought him to the shelter, bed and all, and he will be put up for adoption if his guardians don’t come to claim him."

March 20th 2011
 "BIRD RESCUE: Dogs and cats are certainly not the only animals in need affected by this tragedy that has struck Japan. Today, we will pick up 4 parakeets from Sendai for foster care in a safer and less stressful home, after receiving a call from their desperate owner who says they are traumatized."
(I love the fact that it doesn't matter what kind of animal, they will care for any!)
If these wonderful stories pull at your heart strings. Please come over and check out the silver butterfly hearts collection I have and will be donating the profits/proceeds to JEARS. 

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