By Tom Collins
Update: Big OOOPS!! The photo below in the full post is a cropped excerpt from a larger image on the World Vets Facebook page.
With my son living in Tokyo, I've been especially intent on the news from Japan since Friday. Thankfully, we've been able to communicate several times via email and Skype and he's doing fine so far.
Meanwhile, I've caught glimpses of the outpouring from the pet loving community on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and so on, of compassion and desire to help the people and pets in Japan. So I thought I'd collect a few links to places where we can all pitch in. I'm sure there are more and that others will step up, but here are a few groups that already have feet on the ground:
- World Vets news and donation page; Facebook page
- American Red Cross
Or are actively planning their response:
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
- World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
- American Humane Association's Red Star Animal Emergency Services
The WSPA Animals in Disasters Blog caputured the human-animal crisis this way:
... a top challenge for the Japanese authorities managing these shelters will be the need to house families together – families that would consider their ‘families’ are incomplete without their pets.
I'm especially impressed that, not only has World Vets already connected with their colleagues in Japan and is sending a relief team in the next few days, but they are actively communicating with the online pet community to share news and acting on feedback. The ChipIn widget above is a great example: Someone asked on the World Vets Facebook page about getting a PayPal donation option, another persons suggested a ChipIn solution, and voila! In a matter of a few hours World Vets had created a dedicated Japan Animal Aid account at ChipIn.
These are just a few opportunities to help out. I bet a lot of you know of others, or will discover more over the next days and weeks.
Or you'll see great examples of individual efforts.
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