The recent earthquake and consequential tsunami in Japan has kept people all over the world asking how they can help. When a disaster like this strikes the devastation is enormous, not only to our human friends, but to our animal friends as well.
Animals left in the quake of a natural disaster need your help! Left without their owners, food, shelter, or medical attention many could die. Last time a natural disaster struck Japan, Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK), was able to save 600 animals. The tsunami has left even more animals alone and scared, and with your help and donations many more charities can aid in saving their lives.
Animal Fair has compiled a list of tips on how we can help these innocent and majestic creatures when their worlds are turned upside down.
Japan Earthquake Animal Support is a wonderful coalition of charities brought together for the animals’ plight; they include HEART- Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata, and Japan Cat Network. Check out their Facebook page to see what you can do to aid in Japan’s animal rescue efforts and learn more about these wonderful charities.
How to Help Animals in the Face of a Natural Disaster
1. Make an Animal Emergency Kit! This should include a cat carrier, gauze, a nylon leash, towels, enough water and easy-to-open cat or dog food to last at least two weeks, gloves, bedding, any medicine your pet or another animal may need, and contact information for the humane society or any animal or wildlife rescue.
2. If you see an animal stranded on the side of the road or in need of help approach gently and non-threateningly. It is important to stay low to the ground while avoiding eye contact; talk quietly.
3. If you think an animal may have passed away very gently and calmly touch the edge of the animal’s eyes to see if there is an eye reflex. If so, bring the animal to the nearest vet, animal hospital, or animal shelter. If the animal has sadly died, call Wild Life Control.
4. If the animal is bleeding apply pressure with a clean towel, cloth, or piece of material and wrap the wound using gauze or a bandage. Bring the animal to a vet, animal hospital, or shelter.
5. If you come across wildlife in need please stop and help. Wrap them gently in a clean towel or piece of fabric.
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