I had time yesterday to catch up on my blog reading and discovered that I missed an important event last week - Paws for Japan. This was a hastily organized fundraiser for World Vets, an international nonprofit organization providing veterinary aid in the areas impacted by the earthquake and tsunami. The fundraiser was held on St. Patrick's Day, and I missed it entirely. Nonetheless, I spent a couple of hours reading about the group's work, the rescue groups partnering with them, and the many blogs that featured this fundraiser last Thursday. If any of you are looking for a way to help out, this one deserves a look. It's not too late to donate. I've received permission from Dr. V at Pawcurious to share her post about Paws for Japan (she's got a terrific blog by the way, worth a visit if you haven't been there yet). Her post from March 13th is below.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Paws for Japan
Like many of you, I have been glued to the television this weekend in horror at the disaster that has befallen the residents of Japan. At times like these, our daily concerns about Little League games, the price of gas, or frustrations about the stupid little things evaporate as we take a look around at all the things we are fortunate enough to have- loved ones, security, safety- and imagine them all swept away in the blink of an eye.
We will donate, as always, to the usual organizations providing humanitarian aid. They need it.
Unfortunately, our animal friends have been devastated as well, and are so often left to fend for themselves in a crisis.
To that end, I hope everyone will consider taking just a small portion of any donation they are planning to make to relief efforts, and give that to an organization that is specifically proving animal relief.
Scams abound in these situations, but I am glad to share one organization I am sure of, having met the CEO at the last Blog Paws event. I am a huge fan of Cathy King and World Vets, an organization that has, under her guidance, provided assistance to animals around the globe.
Dr. King has already mobilized a team to go to Japan and provide aid to established groups that are already present. They will need all the help they can get in order to assist in the devastation.
To that end, I’ve joined Blog Paws Be the Change in declaring Thursday, March 17th “Paws for Japan” Day. We will be raising awareness of the World Vets effort and encouraging people to donate to their vital work.
Please consider shelving the green beer, just this once, and spend the day with your fellow pet bloggers getting the word out. I’m just one voice out there, but there are so many of you with so very much collective power in your voices- we need your help!
And a few stories and photos I'd like to pass along. This one is from World Vet's facebook page:
Before we hit the disaster stricken area of Sendai,we spoke to this woman on the street toward the center of the city. She broke down and in tears, told us she was from a hard hit area, but didn't evacuate because they wouldn't let her take her dog (Yusuke). She stayed with him in a shaking house for three days she said, and told us that Yusuke was extremely stressed from the ordeal. She thanked us for being there to help.
|Shane and his owner, reunited|