Animal Rescue is Ongoing After Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan

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A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) visited Sendai city shelter to offer food and supplies.

“Yesterday morning, we visited Sendai city shelter and offered assistance. They have had an influx of animals since the earthquake, as well as an influx of reports of missing animals, however they are not full yet and will continue to be taking in lost and abandoned animals. They assured us they have adequate supplies, but will be in touch if anything changes. They will also likely need the help of Isabella’s shelter (Animal Friends Niigata) to take in animals when their shelter is full. The shelter officials gave us a tour (it’s quite a good facility, albeit a little barren at some points). They said their phone line was just restored today, so they know the worst is yet to come and many people with animals may have simply been unable to get through.”

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Here is one of the rescues they saw at the shelter:

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Cat rescued by a SDF soldier, now staying in Sendai City Shelter. Photo taken on March 18 in Sendai | by Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support

“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.”

“One evacuation center was housing 10 dogs, and some of the evacuees living there reportedly had cats at home as well who they were checking on, so we left a huge supply of dog and cat food,” added JEARS.

Click here to see other animals (in Japanese) rescued from the tsunami at Sendai City Shelter.

“We’ve already taken in over 20 animals who’ve been displaced by the disaster but there are sure to be more and more coming, and we are trying to create temporary shelters at Animal Friends Niigata to house them. We are also looking into renting a nearby warehouse,” said JEARS.

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"This is Nana and Mimi. She's one of the 20 animals displaced since the earthquake and tsunami who we've taken in." - Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support

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Cat found on the overhang of a house and rescued by Angels Animal Rescue Team in one of the devastated areas

A Lost Pet site was created (in Japanese) for people to post their missing pets online. The information is valuable to rescuers to find the owners for all the animals they take in.

Here is one of the missing cats in Sendai:

An one year old Maine Coon named Alice from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture is currently missing.

Here are links to the missing pets by location (in Japanese):

Click here to see pets that have been rescued (in Japanese), looking for owners.

Many cats and dogs are with their owners weathering this difficult time in evacuation centers in various devastated areas.

Click here to see 23 photos of dogs and their owners staying together during this devastating crisis.

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A woman cuddles her cat at an evacuation center in Kawamatamachi, Fukushima Prefecture Sunday morning, March 13, 2011, two days after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Kazuki Wakasugi)

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A woman sleeps with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


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14 Responses to “Animal Rescue is Ongoing After Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan”

  1. LeoMoon says:

    I hope these little kitties reconnect with their owners.

  2. Dee says:

    Please love meow, the donation from adding comment in this blog can go to animal rescue in japan, they seem need our help a lot more. I hope the human and their pet can get reunite soon.

  3. Rei Miyasaka says:

    Situation in Japan is really serious, even we can not imagine how terrible it is, and the people in evacuation area are all tired because of shortage of food,medicine,water, cloth etc…plus bad environment and cold weather. in this situation all the animals are surviving too included strays too. wish all the animals are rescued as soon as possible and go back to their family and fill their stomach with food and a lots of love.

  4. sea says:

    It's too sad and touching. A huge tragedy for Japan.

    I hope Alice can be found soon.

    Bless all the people who is helping and giving assistance.

  5. Carol says:

    Its nice to see that people and pets are pulling together through this difficult time

  6. spiritaway says:

    I pray for all the animals rescued and bless the rescue team for they value the animal life too. <3

  7. Marilyn says:

    Continued prayers for the people and animals of Japan!

  8. Marilia says:

    The japanese people are the best of the world!!!I wish the Japanese to rebuild their lives and soon be well.

  9. Debbie says:

    Praying for the families, rescuers and all involved in this tragedy.

  10. Ann says:

    Thinking of and praying for you all, rescuers, refugees, people, cats and dogs (and other animals), and hope you will become more comfortable every day and with more amenities and find more and more of your lost loved ones until perhaps your lives will be mended again. I also think of those heroic people working inside the reactor trying to save you all from yet another catastrophe.

  11. Marta says:

    I am not a prayer so I donated $100 to World Vets and Global Animal. I will donate another $50 to Peta when I get my next paycheck. Hope this will help the animals a bit more than a prayer.

  12. Iffat Ahmad says:

    My mind is very often on these dear animals. I worry about all of them so. My heart breaks thinking about all of the lost/missing furbabies. But so happy to see the rescues/reunions. It fills me w/ joy to know that there are shelters taking in pets & their parents together. If only more would do so. Thank you so much for the update!

  13. Marsha says:

    I feel so very bad for those people in Japan, I can't even imagine what it must be like!!! So many people missing, so many dead, what a horrible tragedy!!! And, they have such terrible issues to deal with – towns decimated, radiation, it won't end anytime soon. I do hope though that many animal babies will be taken care of, and hopefully, at some point in time, they might get back to their owners, or at least, somebody will be able to take them home and love them!!! I would give any of them a good home if I could –

  14. Ingrid says:

    I feel so sorry and moved by these sweet creatures and their masters who have lived a disaster. I hope as many of them will be able to get reunited.

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