Katherine Schmerzler via Crowdrise
March 21, 2011
Elise Marie Myrvang Eikeland wrote -
This fundraiserproject is dedicated to the thousands of animals that has been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Cats, dogs and so many other animals needs our help today to survive.
Personally I have a cat Charlie that means the world to me, and my girlfriend has a dog Baileys which also means so very much to me. I can only imagine the horror it would be to see them hurt, lost or even dead...
In the news I have read so much about the human victims in this catastrophy in Japan, but seldom I see anything about the animals affected. I want to tell the world that the animals are also victims and they need our help to survive and get help through getting medication, care, to find back to their owners and feel safe. Today you can help these animals, through donating to World Vets.
World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. Our work spans 24 countries and 6 continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human health issues impacted by zoonotic diseases in developing countries. World Vets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
World Vets is doing everything they can to provide aid for the animals that has been part of the earthquake, tsunami, floods, fires and more. World Vets is coordinating with a coalition of animal welfare groups near the epicenter.
World Vets has four teams of four volunteers -- veterinarians, translators and animal workers with experience of natural disasters -- on standby, ready to fly to Japan once it has identified where their expertise is most needed and will be most effective.
"But one of the really big issues is that there are a lot of people -- especially foreigners -- fleeing the country and leaving their animals behind."
"Shelters are getting calls from people saying 'I'm on my way to the airport, I'm leaving, I have four dogs left in my apartment and my neighbor has the key."
"The urgent thing right now is taking care of those animals."
- Cathy King CEO World Vets
To get daily updates on what World Vets is doing to help the animals affected by the crisis in Japan, go to World Vets homepage: http://www.worldvets.org
World Vets also have updates on the situation in Japan on their Facebooksite: http://www.facebook.com/WorldVets
Here is also an article that CNN has written about welfare-groups that now races to rescue abandoned animals in Japan: