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March 9, 2011

Humane Society International Continues to Aid Japanese People and Animals One Year after Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster

Humane Society International

  • Our relief work in Japan continues to this day. HSI

On the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, Humane Society International continues to assist affected animals throughout the country with funding and hands-on care.

Immediately following the disaster, HSI reached out to local organizations throughout Japan, and deployed our disaster response team to assist on the ground with rescue and recovery efforts. Over the past year, HSI has supported efforts on the ground in the amount of $350,000, including grants to local organizations for the construction of a second Fukushima animal shelter and free veterinary care to pets living with their families still displaced by this disaster.

“As with all of our global deployments, HSI got to Japan quickly, made a thorough assessment, got involved with direct care and rescue, and put together a long-term plan to benefit affected communities and animals in Japan,” says Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI.

HSI is also gathering information on the effects of radiation on animals during the crisis in order to develop future animal care protocols in the event a similar disaster was to occur.

HSI continues to work with our partners, Japan Animal Welfare Society, Japan Coalition for Animal Welfare and Animal Donation and Save Animals in Iwate to provide aid to Japanese citizens and their pets, many of whom are still living with the consequences of the catastrophe. HSI’s on-going work in Japan has been funded in part by GreaterGood.org and other major donors to HSI.

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