Jesse Willms: Why I’m Helping Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support – And You Should, Too

Posted by Jesse Willms on March 28, 2011

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past couple of weeks, you are aware of the devastating events that have befallen Japan. First, the island nation was hit by one of the largest earthquakes in a century. Then, a tsunami ravaged their coastline. After that, radiation was released from several nuclear power plants.

With the death toll well over 10,000, it is impossible to not feel for the immense cost in human lives. Efforts to rebuild and survive this tragedy are still underway. That’s why I gave money last week to the Red Cross to help them with this mission.

But, it’s not only people who have been affected by these events. Tens of thousands of animals – if not more – have had their lives turned upside down in the wake of the three disasters.

Many of them are injured. Others are lost. Many more had their caregivers die and are now homeless. These loyal animals should not be forgotten, and need someone to come in and take care of them.

That’s why I’ve just made a $1,000 donation to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support. They are a coalition of three groups: HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and the Japan Cat Network.

All of these groups have been working for years to help at-risk animals in Japan. They also have a strict no-kill policy, which means none of the animals they rescue will be euthanized.

Instead, the coalition will provide the animals they rescue with medical treatment and then try to reunite them with their owners, or find new loving homes for them to live out the rest of their lives.

This is an important mission. When mankind domesticated animals, we made a sacred pact: they would be loyal and loving to us, and we would return that love by taking care of them to the best of our ability.

Now that they have become victims of a natural disaster, it is important that we step in and live up to our obligations. These animals, be they cats, dogs or pot-bellied pigs, have come to depend on us. They should not die of starvation in the street, simply because we turned our back on them in their time of need.

Therefore, I am not only proud to help out Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support; I encourage you to do the same. Every dollar we give them makes it easier for them to do their jobs.

Even if you can’t afford to provide financial assistance, you can still help by spreading the word of their good deeds and building awareness for their efforts. It’s the least we can do to help out our friends in the animal kingdom.