Please donate to help Japan’s pets

The always fabulous Dog Art Today has a moving photo essay on the earthquake-struck dogs of Japan along with a request to donate to World Vets. On her blog’s fourth birthday, Moira writes:

Usually on this blog’s birthday I raffle a gift to a Dog Art Today reader. This year, I’m proposing we all give a gift in the form of a donation to World Vets. This 501(c) 3 non-profit is already on the ground in Japan setting up shelters, working with local animal rescues, and coordinating veterinary treatment and shipments of medical supplies. Any amount, even $1, would help.

Please know, giving to an animal rescue by no means implies I value animals over people. But many times pets are not allowed into shelters. There are rumors that pet owners have tied zip lock bags with money to their dogs’ collars, knowing they had to leave them behind, but providing for them with this small gesture. Giving to World Vets is a way to support experts who can address the needs of these animals and give the other rescue teams, the ones focusing on human survivors, peace of mind. (Dr. V at Pawcurious writes about “Why Animal Rescues Matter” eloquently here.)

On a personal note, I have been in many smaller earthquakes during my life in Los Angeles. Every time, as the earth roared and turned to liquid, I clung to my dog and found stability. I don’t know what I would have done if I had to leave him behind. Thank you in advance for your donations, and thank you for your continued readership of Dog Art Today. It is my pleasure to share it with you.