Today is not only St. Patrick’s Day, it’s Paws for Japan Day. Pet bloggers around the world are participating in a virtual fundraiser to spread the word about the amazing work World Vets is doing to save animals affected by the disaster in Japan.
World Vets is a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) that provides care to animals around the globe. Dr. Cathy King, its founder and executive director, told DVM Newsmagazine that the group deployed its first volunteer to Japan on Tuesday. Adrien Zap, an experienced veterinary technician, met up with other animal rescue groups and is helping to coordinate the rescue effort.
“With the nuclear threat, we felt it would be more prudent just to have one person go initially,” King explained. “If things look really bad, they need to get out of there right away.”
If all goes well, a larger team of World Vet volunteers will be deployed to Japan tomorrow with more supplies.
According to an update yesterday on the World Vets website, “World Vets veterinarian Dr. Koji Fukumura will be arriving in Tokyo on Friday and will be staying long-term as our in-country coordinator and to provide direct assistance to animals in need. Several World Vets responder teams are currently on standby as we assess the situation and collaborate with groups in Japan.”
As far as determining the best course of action, King said, “We just don’t have enough information at this point. The one thing that we do know is that a lot of people are fleeing the country, and they are leaving their animals behind.”
Some of those abandoned pets have been found with money attached to their collars. As veterinarian Dr. V wrote on her Pawcurious blog, “With death quite literally racing towards them, these people looked at their beloved pets and thought to put in money for their beloved pets’ care should they perish. Take care of our pets, they said. Please.”
Help World Vets help these pets. The organization needs money for antibiotics, wound-care supplies, surgery packs and many more items. To help them save an animal’s life, simply click the Chip In! button on the right side on our website – no donation amount is too small. (You can also donate via the World Vets website.)