(PHOTO GALLERY) Many survivors of the Japanese tsunami were left homeless, forced to seek refuge in evacuation centers. Even in the most terrible of circumstances, however, pets offer an unmatched source of comfort and hope for these courageous people. Check out these photos and see how, as discussed in How To Help Japan’s Animals (Find Animal Rescues), the bond between human and their animal companions is unbreakable even  – or especially – in the midst of tragedy. — Global Animal

Cat Under Blanket In Tsunami Pet Rescue Evacuation Center
A cat sits under a blanket at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Japanese Woman, Dog and Child Eat In Tsunami Rescue Center
A woman and her son eat food as her dogs sit around them at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011.
Japanese Baby And Dog
A baby playing with a dog. Photo Credit: Sendai,Miyagi Japan
Man And Dog In Japan Testing For Radiation
A man holds his dog as they wait to be scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Woman And Dog Tested For Nuclear Radiation
A woman holds her dog as they are scanned for radiation at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Pomeranian Dog Eats Food In Evacuation Rescue Center
A family and their pet dog take shelter in an evacuation center for pets and their owners near a devastated area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

Tsunami Refugee Feeds Dog With Chopsticks
A woman shares her food with her dog at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


Tsunami Victim Hugs Pet Dog
A woman comforts her dog during an aftershock at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north of Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Read more about the animal victims of the disaster in Japan, and learn how to get involved: How To Help Japan’s Pets (Find Animal Rescues)

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Animals are very special -; I am very happy to see those who have been reunited with their owners, its very heart warming, to you the people of JAPAN I wish you all a very speedy and safe recovery

    Thomas from Australia

  2. Wonderful pics! I’m glad these people and their pets are able to comfort each other in these difficult times. I’m also glad Americans are opening their pockets and sending help where it is needed. Prayers go out to all our brothers and sisters in Japan.

  3. How heart-warming to see that the Japanese people recognize and respect the incredible bond that exists between animals and their people. I do hope that the Red Cross also offers pet-friendly shelters at every disaster area. People have lost so much of their lives and that they still can connect with this HUGE piece is a blessing, indeed.