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Japan Disaster and Dogs: One Year Later

The American Humane Association recently shared that a year after the devastating earthquake, tsunamis, and nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan, thousands of animals are still homeless. Remember the Japan disaster?

American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, shared, “Great strides have been made since to help the victims of the disaster, but far too many are still without homes and without hope, and we must continue to help.”

Ganzert has traveled to Japan and has been conducting site visits and attempting to schedule the financial support needed to help these animals. She shares some of her findings in a journal titled, The Animals of Fukishima: One Year Later.

The American Humane Association is a 135-year-old charity that operates the Red Star program, which has been helping both domestic and international relief efforts since 1916.

I wrote about the disaster after it initially occurred for a major dog magazine, and even then the reports were bone chilling. Realizing that the earthquake spawned tsunamis up to 33 feet and crashed six miles inland, one can only imagine the sheer nightmare experienced  by the people and pets in Japan.

One of the best things dog owners can do is have a plan of action in place in the event of a natural disaster or any type of emergency evacuation, as I experienced last fall.

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