The two dogs whose video went viral after a news crew filmed one of the dogs faithfully standing guard over his exhausted pal after they survived the disaster in Japan – have been rescued.
According to CNN an animal lover and rescuer named Kenn Sakurai travelled with other rescuers by motorcycle to the area and both dogs were saved.
The injured white dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and his faithful companion is at a No-Kill shelter.
Kenn Sakurai who owns Butch Japan, Inc. a dog food importing company has been working round the clock distributing food to abandoned dogs at animal shelters and dogs being housed with their owners at evacuation shelters.
Reports on Facebook also say that since the earthquake and tsunami Sakurai has rescued 150 dogs and found 100 dead.
Sadly some on Facebook are criticizing his fundraising efforts to help animals because he owns a “for profit” company.
Sakurai is disheartened by these accusations and is offering to return money donated.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is coordinating the efforts to save abandoned animals. They give almost hourly updates on the conditions in Japan. The group warned that the two dogs in the video are just the tip of the iceberg and that there are thousands of animals still trying to survive on their own.
Their goal is to reunite pets with their owners.
The group is also trying to dispel rumors that are circulating about abandoned animals. One report said pets turned into shelters are given 72 hours to be reunited with their owners before being euthanized. And another rumor said the animals are being gassed.
JEARS said neither of these accusations is true.
On a good note the group reported the feral cats on Cat Island which is off the coast of Fukushima have survived. JEARS is trying to get food and supplies to them.
More updates on the animal rescue efforts to save the animals in Japan will be coming in the future.
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