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).
Thousands of people are dead or missing and most animals in the path of the tsunami will have perished. For those that survived – people and animals – their future is precarious, and a massive relief mission is underway in Japan.
Relief organizations all over the world are responding to help the people and the animals of Japan and the Search Dog Foundation is deploying six canine disaster search teams to assist with the rescues.
Among local groups in Japan mobilising to help is Animal Rescue Kansai (ARK). With centres also in Osaka and Tokyo they are well-placed to provide rescue, shelter and fostering services for those animals now either stray or unable to stay with their surviving families.
Please see an update below from ARK’s Founder, Elizabeth Oliver, and please do what you can to help support relief efforts.
ARK will accept as many animals as possible made homeless from the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake and tsunami.
14th March 2011: “The tragedy keeps on unfolding. Thousands of people are dead or missing and we can assume that most animals in the path of the tsunami, perished. Being a rural area, most dogs would have been chained, unable to escape. Foreigners are being recalled to their countries by their companies for their safety. Already we have a cat called Maggie. We had to pick her up from Kansai airport, as her owner left for Germany.
We are especially concerned about the number of pets left unattended in homes by people forced into the evacuation centres near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, It is not clear how many would have been allowed in these centres with their owners. Others in evacuation centres have lost everything and if they have pets, will probably have to give them up.
Our office in Tokyo as well as foster homes will be able to take in some animals, others may be brought by air, once airports are open, to Osaka. We are preparing spaces to take them in here in our Nose shelter. We are also thinking of building a temporary shelter on the land in Sasayama (about 40 minutes from ARK by car). At present the land there is being prepared for building but no construction yet.
Any donations will be used for the animals made homeless in this terrible disaster.
Thank you all for your concern and help. We will do our best for these animals.”
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.
For more information on rescue efforts, please see below:
Among the groups setting out to rescue and provide water, food and vet care to animals left stranded in this enormous disaster are Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, a coalition made up of Japan Cat Network, Animal Garden Niigata, and HEART-Tokushima. Please visit the Facebook page of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support.