Two Years After Devastating Earthquake In Japan, Displaced Animals Still Need Help, Homes

Mar 08, 2013, 09:00 ET from American Humane Association

American Humane Association Releases Impact Report, Additional $130,000 in Funding and Ongoing Aid Effort for Animals and Communities

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two years after one of the most devastating disasters in recent history, more than a thousand cats and dogs continue to languish in shelters unable to go home to their families, and companion animals are still being rescued from many restricted areas hard-hit by the Fukushima catastrophe. In advance of the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, American Humane Association is releasing an Impact Report Update on the ongoing need and the intervention efforts for the animals and families affected by the unprecedented event.


Immediately following the disaster, American Humane Association sent donations and a shipment of supplies to relief agencies on the ground as they worked to shelter and save the lives of animals in jeopardy.  With the introduction, facilitation, and help of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, American Humane Association traveled to Japan last year on an aid visit to Fukushima. AHA President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert made site visits, built bridges to local agencies and community leaders as they came to terms with the impact of the events on March 11, and directed her humane intervention team to develop a long-term grant-making strategy, along with a slate of community preparation materials and coping tips to protect children and animals. In addition, American Humane Association has translated their famed disaster sheltering training curriculum into Japanese for broad and continuing dissemination to the people of Japan. The information is based on techniques developed by the charity's renowned Red Star™ Rescue program, which has been involved not only in nearly every major relief in the United States over the past century, including Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and 9/11, but major international relief efforts including rescuing horses on the battlefields of Europe during World War I and the efforts to save and shelter animals following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The Current Need, Future Preparation, and $130,000 in New Grants

"As of January 31 of 2013, the area shelter at Fukushima is housing 994 animals from the disaster scene with a further 325 at the Miharu shelter," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "These animals are still waiting to be reunited with their families or find a new forever home, and we must help those who are helping them and other animals who are still being rescued from the nuclear zone. To assist, we are providing an additional $130,000 in grants to agencies working on the ground. In addition, we have provided critical – and we hope lifesaving – information that may help entire communities prepare for, react to, and cope with future similar disasters.  In this way we may not only provide comfort and aid to those now in need, but better prepare for and perhaps lessen the impact of such situations going forward."

American Humane Association continues to accept donations for the care of these unfortunate victims of Fukushima. To view recent photos of the animals and the sheltering facilities as well as the new Impact Report, please go online to .

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