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Update on Rescue Work in Japan

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Senior campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened Saturday night. PETA is the first international animal rights group on the ground in affected areas.

Woman with her dog after Japan tsunami

While it is apparent that most animals were swept away with humans in the most affected areas, Ashley and Isabella are ready to provide food, water, and care to animals abandoned when their guardians fled to evacuation centers.

They’ve provided food to animals whose guardians are having a hard time finding food because there are lines hundreds of people long to get into stores, and they’ve encountered citizens who have stayed in their shaky homes for days because many evacuation centers were not allowing companion animals inside.

“The damage left for survivors to deal with is absolutely horrific,” Ashley relayed. “These dogs and cats need rescue for the sake of the anguished people who were forced to choose between seeking refuge in evacuation centers and taking their beloved animal companions with them.”

Tsunami damage in Japan

Despite long waits at gas lines, Ashley and Isabella continue to visit the worst-affected areas in search of animals who need help, and her team remains in touch with the volunteer relief center, city office, and prefecture office, which plans to set up a temporary shelter for animals in the north of the city. She is also talking to reporters and asking them to call her with information about animals in need.

You can help fund Ashley’s work and other rescue work by donating to PETA U.S.’ Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants to organizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia-Pacific.


  1. alex...
    March 18th, 2011, 11:53 pm

    I woud be there if I had the money to go! Wishing I could help.

  2. Dr. Charity Blake...
    March 26th, 2011, 3:28 am

    Is there an umbrella coalition put together to help animals in this disaster? When Haiti needed help, the various international animal rescue organizations came together under the umbrella coalition, I cannot recall the name of it although I donated a sizeable gift. Therefore, I knew the donation was going straight to Haiti and not into one or another rescue organization’s coffers. I pray for the animals of Japan and the surrounding sealife. Hopefully, this may stop the Japanese people from killing thousands of dolphin and whales. Maybe they will find enlightenment.

  3. Jill Mortimer...
    March 30th, 2011, 10:31 pm

    The Japanese may now know how the dolphins, whales and sharks have suffered. I am just so sad that so many domestic animals have suffered to terribly.

  4. Sarah...
    April 15th, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Great work to Ashley, I wish that I was able to come over and help. If you have any spare change even please donate to this worth wild cause. Heres hoping these animals who were left behind get reunited with their owners or find new homes.

  5. richard chua...
    April 20th, 2011, 3:08 pm

    evacuation centers should allow people AND pets. why should people be forced to leave behind more of their family?

  6. Ana...
    April 26th, 2011, 3:04 pm

    I hope that more people and more organizations would extend their help to the animals in Japan. There should also be centers for these distraught animals.

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