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).
Animals Asia continues to be in contact with ARK in Japan who recently sent the update below. Please donate directly to ARK to help them in this most difficult situation.
ARK staff load up and head off to Sendai to distribute food and other essentials for animals at evacuation centres.
19th March 2011: An eight year old, male Golden Retriever came to ARK yesterday as it was tied outside in a car park near Osaka. We thought it had been abandoned. It turns out the owner was staying in a hotel nearby which wouldn't allow the dog inside. The owner and dog had fled together from Kooriyama in Fukushima, near the nuclear reactors. We have agreed to board this dog until the owner can find a safe place for him.
Our boys headed off to Sendai last night with van loaded with everything to help animals and of course a supply of petrol. They have been offered the use of a car park by Guide Dog Association. Just heard from them, ( 9am Japan time) they have reached Yamagata prefecture. Basically they are distributing food and essentials for animals at the evacuation centres. A car from Tokyo ARK is supposed to meet up with them at some point.
We have more details of the inn offered to us at a convenient location in Namba Osaka. It has 14 rooms, mostly around 130 sq.ft. or 12.24 sq.metres. There are five toilets, a communal bath and two kitchens in the building. Today we are going to check it out. The owner has said people can stay in the rooms with their pets, with no charge. We think it is the best solution for people to be with and take care of their own animals, rather than have our staff have to journey down to Osaka to take care of them.
We have also discussed with the construction people, at present doing the ground work for the building of our new shelter in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, about 40 minutes by car from ARK,to see if they can put up temporary housing for animals affected by the earthquake, in the short term. Even if we went ahead with permanent buildings, it would take till the end of this year to complete them, so speed now is of the essence.
The British Embassy has advised its citizens to leave Japan or head to the south away from Tokyo. It has charter planes leaving for Hong Kong. Other embassies are giving the same advice, so help for peoples' pets is urgent.
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.