years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Boys still up in Tohoku, going round evacuation centres, finding out if people have pets and want help. The local authorities in Miage Prefecture, especially the local veterinary association refused any help or pet food saying they are in control and have enough food. Police and rescue workers report sightings of stray dogs and cats but difficult to find them. So mainly spreading the word that ARK will help.
Our staff went to check out the building in Namba, Osaka where the owner offered us space for people and pets to stay. Turns out it is a group of massage parlours on 5 floors and the female owner is a vibrant 20 year old who loves dogs. She is willing to lend us the two top floors with about four spacious rooms. These if partitioned, could probably house five or six families. No elevator so the stairs may be a problem for elderly or large dogs. We think it is too dangerous for cats since there are many places to escape. She, the owner, is willing to get a carpenter to help with partitioning and also providing better doors. She doesn't want any rent and all facilities such as electricity will be free. There are also masses of brand new futon for people to use. And she doesn't mind if there is damage to the rooms. There are western-style toilets, two small kitchens and a communal bath. People can use the massage rooms on the other floors after work finishes in the evening. The building is two minutes walk from the main Osaka subway, Nihonbashi station with many shops and restaurants around.
Also have a few small apartments for people and pets at our dormitory near here but people would need a car to go shopping and for getting around.
Otherwise very busy at ARK preparing for the influx of animals with many emails and phone calls to answer. Staff here in Osaka and at Tokyo ARK very stretched.
Update 22nd March 2011
8am Japan time. Boys just back from north. 3 dogs, yellow Labrador, terrier mix (same owner) and dachshund (with possible hernia) plus masked love bird . Two rescued cats were left with a foster family. These animals were rescued from evacuation centre, a school, in Wakabayashi, Miage Prefecture.
Their journey took 15 hours one way. Biggest problem is lack of petrol. People are waiting three days to fill their cars. We are asking volunteers to help collect petrol as each person is rationed to amount they can have.
Shortage of pet food. Animals roaming free can forage for food, e.g warehouse containing sides of beef destroyed with contents spilled outside. Guide Dog facility where they parked has the building in tact but no electricity or water so 20 dogs evacuated to Kanazawa. Animals in shelters are dying from stress related problems like diarrhea.
Since Tokyo is nearer, we are trying to coordinate action from there, to carry food and veterinary help to the earthquake area. Plan to take large van with supplies and ferry We are trying to find places for volunteers and our staff to stay in Sendai.
Elizabeth Oliver ARK
Donations can be made as follows:
Through ARK PayPal account listed on this homepage: www.arkbark.net
Through ARK Large Scale Rescue Fund : P.O. Account no: 00970-2-267840
[please write "For earthquake animals"]
For those in the UK :
Lloyds Bank, St. Helier, Jersey (branch no: 309461) Account name: Animal Refuge Kansai - ARK, Account no: 1381476, Sort no: 30-94-61
[please let ARK know by email your name, address and amount of donation - [email protected]]
For those who can't use PayPal, an international money postal order is acceptable.
Transfer by bank is not recommended since the banks often take a commission larger than the donation itself.