Japanese Relief for Animals, And You Can Still Help

Complex - that may be the best way to describe the situation in Japan concerning helping pets. Many have asked what organization is helping in a way which is acceptable to Japan and meaningful.

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Pets are as much a part of families in Japan as they are here. Can you imagine having everything ripped from your life, missing family, and including missing pets. American Humane Association is working within the system in Japan to help.

- First, the mission, as it should be - to help people first
- The Japanese culture isn't unwelcoming of outsiders, but careful...and likes to invite help on their terms (which actually makes some practical sense as well).
- The concerns about radioactivity, and the safety of U.S. rescuers.


The magnitude of what happened in Japan, the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear events are unfathomable. Having all your family matters, and in Japan pets are family.

From the onset of the tragedy, the American Humane Association made a commitment to help (but needed and still needs your help in order to do that).  Pets are considered members of the family in Japan. The heartbreak of many families is worsened by lost animals. And shelters are, in places, overwhelmed.

American Humane Association, the nation's voice for the protection of
children and animals, just announced a contribution of $10,000 cash, along with a
shipment of critically needed animal sheltering supplies, to support
local animal relief efforts in Japan. This assistance to the Japan
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA)
and the Japan
Animal Welfare Society (JAWS)
will help provide shelter to the thousands
of animals that were displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear
emergency affecting the country.

Those agencies, along with the Japan Pet Care Association and the Japan
Veterinary Medical Association, have formed the Headquarters for the
Relief of Animals in Emergencies, whose mission is to transport rescue
supplies, provide financial support, and meet the animal response
requests in local areas impacted by the disasters.

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Japanese citizens are pulling together to help one another. There is no violence, like there might have been in America. Still, the tragedy was one of unprecedented magnitude, and Japanese animal rescue agencies are finally asking for help from those they trust - leading with the American Humane Association

The Headquarters for
the Relief of Animals in Emergencies will collaborate with the Japanese
central government, as well as with self-governing and related official
organizations, to facilitate the effectiveness of animal rescues.

"When the disasters occurred in Japan, our hearts went out to all the
families affected by those devastating events, and we immediately
initiated contact with our international partners to discuss how we
could help," said American Humane Association President and Chief
Executive Officer Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D.

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Robin Ganzert, president and CEO American Humane Association indicates all dollars given for Japan will go there

"Our Red Star Animal Emergency
™ team has been in constant communication with our partners and
contacts in Japan, and the outpouring of donations from compassionate
people all across the country is enabling us to send this initial
support as we finalize plans for how we can best assist in this critical
animal relief effort."

Ganzert said American Humane Association has committed that 100 percent
of donations received for Japan animal relief will go to helping the
animal victims in Japan -- American Humane Association will not be
deducting administrative costs from the donations.

American Humane Association's Red Star Animal Emergency Services
was established in 1916, at the request of the U.S. government, to
assist military horses and other animals used by the U.S. Army on the
battlefields of Europe in World War I. Since then, Red Star has
responded to both natural disasters and man-made emergencies, ranging
from Hurricane Katrina to wildfires to floods to puppy mills. With staff and a nationwide network of 200
trained volunteers, Red Star Animal Emergency Services stands ready to
assist communities in preparing for and responding to disasters that
affect families and their animals.

Funds promised for Japanese relief will ONLY go there. Click HERE to contribute.


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