Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

Last week I wrote about organizations who are helping animals in Japan that were displaced during the recent earthquake and tsunami. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. JEARS is a coalition of three no-kill shelter groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata, and Japan Cat Network. Additionally, individual volunteers have put aside their own terror and confusion to help all of the suddenly homeless pets. The no-kill groups have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years.

Koro waiting for his people to return

Funds raised are being used directly for animal rescue, support, and veterinary care. The teams, which include several volunteer vets, provide food and treatment for injured animals and try to find temporary shelters for those that have lost their owners. They also visit evacuation centers where those people who escaped the tsunami with their pets are having trouble holding on to them in difficult, cramped surroundings where animals are not always welcome.

The photo above shows Koro whose family lost their house in the tsunami and are currently living at an evacuation center that is really unsuitable for dogs. Isabella and Aoki-san (pictured here with Koro) have agreed to hold Koro at their shelter until the owners are able to move out of the evacuation center and live together with Koro again.

In the video below, Maku gets reunited with his family. After the tsunami, he was found by the Animal Control Center in Miyako, Iwate. The local vet that JEARS is in touch with picked up the dog & found the owner. This woman, the daughter-in-law of the owners, was in tears as she was being reunited with him.

Donations to JEARS can be made by Paypal through Chip-in (When you get to the Paypal page, you can change to English via a link at the upper right of the page.) Please be patient as these sites are constantly up and down.

For Americans wishing to make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation: Send checks or money orders to: JEARS, PO BOX 125, Alto, MI 49302   EIN # 38-3714965

Thank you for your donations. Please add other organizations in your comments below that also are currently helping animals in Japan.

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Image credits: JEARS.org


Waltraud U.
Waltraud U5 years ago

Thanks for your work ! VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR !

gary c.
Gary C5 years ago

Thankyou and well done to all involved....

Patricia W.
Patricia W5 years ago

So happy that animals are being cared for. Those animals that lost their owners can maybe go to owners who lost their animals.
And don't forget the farm animals who are all alone. They need help, too.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Andrea Morehouse
Andrea Peterson5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Charles B.
Charles B6 years ago

Touching! Thank you for the info...

Andrea Morehouse
Andrea Peterson6 years ago

Great Story!

Catherine M.
Catherine M.6 years ago

I have just read the following on PetaAsiaPacific.com (http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=10483 ) and find it very upsetting that the Japanese government is not taking action to help the farm animals which are inside the 20-kilometre no-go zone of the Fukushima power plant. Many farm animals are dying of starvation and dehydration due to the government not allowing the animals to be transferred to a safe place where they can be cared for. Please follow the link and urge the Japanese government to take immediate action to stop these poor animals suffering.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

Thank you. I saw few such srories and I hope everthing will be ok!