Japan Animal Disaster Relief:World Vets first responder Adrien Zap scanning the wreckage. World Vets photo

March 19, 2011 — World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe, in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. In response to the recent earthquake and tsunami, WorldVets has reached out to the veterinary community in Japan, specifically in Sendai – an area affected by the tsunami where animals are reported to be isolated and injured. Working with a large coalition of Japanese animal welfare groups and international aid organizations, World Vets deployed a first responder assessment team on March 15 and is currently mobilizing their resources to setup ongoing support activities.

“The response from the communities aware of WorldVets’ mission has been overwhelming and we are very thankful to those who have already contributed to our efforts. More help is needed,” says Dr. Cathy King, CEO of World Vets. “Our first responder deployment will make an assessment of the current resources available, the animal related needs that exist and how best WorldVets is able to assist animal rescue and sheltering efforts.”  Immediate and long term assistance in this region will be necessary. Dr. King added, “we have a veterinarian from World Vets who will be there long term to coordinate our ongoing efforts and provide direct veterinary care to animals in need, and we have additional veterinary teams ready to deploy.”

World Vets is making arrangements for shipments of large quantities of pet food, veterinary supplies and shelter supplies and working to identify and
respond to the needs of the Japanese groups, supporting their efforts. World Vets is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing global veterinary aid. Funding is by grants and donations, and aid is provided by volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and lay volunteers. At this time of crisis in Japan, donations are urgently needed to provide veterinary care, vaccinations, and disease control measures.

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All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 c 3 nonprofit in the United States. Our tax ID # 20 – 4637447

Update: April 13, 2011

World Vets has had personnel on the ground in Japan for the past 4 weeks working with Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) and the local veterinary community. In response to the animals in Fukushima, JEARS has volunteers making visits on a daily basis to look for animals, provide them with food and/or to bring them back to shelters for care. World Vets veterinarians continue to work 12 hour days providing veterinary care to animals living in shelters and outside evacuation centers. Our team has also established a protocol for treating and de-contaminating animals rescued from areas within the radiation zone as well as a system for their in – take, housing and care. World Vets also has a large shipment of pet food as well as another shipment of collapsable cages, kennels and vet supplies en route to Japan.

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Special thanks to the Fondation Brigitte Bardot, the Maria Norbury Foundation and Abbott Animal Health who provided immediate financial assistance to support our efforts helping the animals in Japan.

World Vets has partnered with a local veterinarian in Sendai. World Vets Photo  Supplies loaded up for delivery to Sendai. World Vets Photo World Vets is actively working with the local veterinary community in Sendai. World Vets Photo

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Rescued dog in Sendai. World Vets photo

World Vets Volunteers

World Vets has a whole series of relief teams lined up and on standby pending the outcome of the radiation and nuclear safety concerns. At this time World Vets is not recruiting volunteers for its disaster response efforts in Japan. Should this change for follow up assistance in the long term we will select volunteers from our members database. If you are not a member and would like to join, please join HERE

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Donations in the form of a check may be sent to:
World Vets
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