How To Help Japan’s Pets (Find Animal Rescues)

[NOTE: Donate to Global Animal Foundation, the non-profit charity arm of Global Animal. Your tax-deductible donation will be distributed to the below listed vetted and reputable rescue organizations on the ground in Japan saving animals. Our foundation’s mission is to provide a safe place for  donors to send money, avoiding fraudulent non-profits, which were rampant after Katrina. We are updating this page as additional substantiated resources become available to aid lost and injured animals in Japan. Thank you! Global Animal]

Man (on left) with tears tightly hugs his rescued pet dog. On right, Sendai city firefighter. Japanese caption translation provided by: Kirsten Ernst for Global Animal.


A woman with her pet dog and belongings pauses on the way from her devastated home in the same city Photo credit: AP Photo, Yomiuri Shimbun

Here at Global Animal, we believe that helping injured and displaced pets is a profound and direct way to support the people of Japan. Of course, aiding animals is in addition to, not instead of, assisting people; suggesting it’s one or the other is obviously a false choice.

Losing a pet in a disaster is a trauma that doesn’t easily heal, if at all. Hurricane Katrina is a reminder of the anguish suffered by residents who were forced to flee without their four-legged family members. And many refused, sometimes to their ultimate peril. That is the bond between people and animals. Japan is a nation of pets, with about 35 percent of Japanese caring for dogs and cats in their homes, as well as birds and rabbits, which are also popular pets. To honor this relationship by helping the pets in Japan is to help people. All of us who are animal lovers can relate to what it would feel like to be reunited with a pet after a disaster. The images here cut to the heart.

Much is lost for many, yet much can be replaced. But the love shared between people and their pets is irreplaceable, particularly now, when it’s needed most. Please consider supporting the efforts of Global Animal Foundation and/or the agencies listed below. – Leah Lessard Jeon, Global Animal





Rescue workers pull a small dog from rubble in the wake of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Photo: Associated Press.



Global Animal Foundation, the non-profit charity arm of Global Animal, is collecting donations on behalf of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and other established rescue organizations on the ground.  Donate  here or through the animal rescues below:

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support:

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is a  coalition of three groups — HEART-TokushimaAnimal Garden Niigata, and Japan Cat Network. They have united to provide shelter, rescue, and an exchange of information for animals of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. These groups have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years. Funds will be used directly for animal rescue and support of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. They have a strict no-kill policy for all the pets they rescue.

Contact information for the three united groups:

HEART-Tokushima Prefecture
HEART is prepared to receive rescued animals, working closely with Japan Cat Network and Animal Friends Niigata to save as many as possible. Niigata, closest to stricken areas, will be the base of operations. We are going out to distribute food and water and make an initial assessment. Check for updates on Facebook.
ph: 088-635-5558
Susan Mercer:
[email protected]
Earthquake Blog
770-8691 • Tokushima Central Post Office, Box 114

Animal Friends Niigata
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support are setting up an emergency operation center at Animal Friends Niigata.
Isabella Gallaon-Aoki, Founder • ph: 090-4624-3301
[email protected]
950-2021 • 1430 Fusube Nishikan-ku Niigata-shi Niigata • Animal Garden Niigata

Japan Cat Network
We are currently working with two other no-kill organizations on plans to get animals to safety, and have begun to help people with pets in crisis. We need volunteers willing to provide foster care, animal transport, expanded shelter capacity, and funds or materials for rescue/rehabilitation.
ph: 080-3067-9394; 090-6058-8102; 090-8534-2646
[email protected][email protected],
[email protected][email protected]

Donations can also be made to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support through Chip-in:

When you get to Chip-in’s Paypal page, you can change to English via a drop down menu on the upper right side of the page.

Animal Relief Kansai
ARK Chairman Elizabeth Oliver confirms that access to hard hit areas like Tohoku/Sendai is limited. ARK is preparing for a huge influx of injured, homeless animals of the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake… Thousands of people aredead or missing and animals in the path of the tsunami likely perished. In this rural area most dogs would have been chained, unable to escape. We are very concerned about pets left in homes near the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. It is unclear how many could accompany their guardians at evacuation centres. Others in centres have lost everything and will probably have to give up their pets too. Tokyo ARK, along with foster homes, can take in some animals. Osaka Ark can accept animals flown in, once airports reopen. ARK’s Nose Shelter is prepared to accept animals. ARK may also build a temporary shelter in Sasayama (40-minute drive from ARK).

Osaka ARK
ph: 072-737-0712 (1885) 10:00-17:00
[email protected]
595 Noma Ohara, Nose-cho, Toyono-gun, Osaka-fu 563-0131 JAPAN

Tokyo ARK
ph: 050-1557-2763
[email protected]
Tokyo Office is in Ota Ward, Tokyo. Contact by phone or email.

Kinship Circle is a non-profit organization that puts volunteers on the ground in Japan, and around the world, helping animals in need during natural disasters. They were one of the first organizations on the ground and have been working closely with Japan Earthquake Animal Relief & Support.

Japan SPCA (Nippon SPCA) is taking in lost animals at their shelter as well as organizing and contributing to relief efforts. They have set up a PayPal fund for donations. A donation of 2000 yen is equal to about $25US.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundationis a non-profit, FEMA-certified agency that searches for survivors in the wreckage of catastrophic events such as the one is Japan. NDSDF has already deployed six Canine Disaster Search Teams to respond to the current crisis; each task force is made up of approximately 72 members, including both humans and Urban Search and Rescue dogs, and some 75 tons of rescue equipment. To learn more and/or send a donation, click National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for their website.

WORLD VETS ON FACEBOOK: Japan, World Vets Disaster Relief for Animals
World Vets has sent volunteers with veterinary supplies to provide assistance to animals impacted by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami.


ph: 1 877-688-8387 • email:[email protected][email protected]

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE CALLS (especially Japanese speakers):

To help in another crucial way, volunteer to make phone calls to shelters in Japan and find out what supplies they need to care for their animals. Fill in your results on the open grid link below that connects shelters with Rescue Organizations distributing supplies in Japan.

When you call please identify yourself as a concerned citizen who loves animals and understands it has been very difficult for the people with pets and you would like to find out what they need in terms of supplies, food, crates, medical, shelter space, foster homes, etc. Once you speak with them and learn what they need please write those notes down in column I.  Be sure to mark the date of this update in column J so we don’t call again too soon. Any additional notes can go in column K. If you have any questions, write to Kinship Circle’s Social Media Director, Kate Danahar: Kate Danaher [email protected]


A man carries his dog in the city of Ofunato on March 15, 2011. Rescue teams from the US, Britain and China began assisting in the search for survivors following the devasting earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)



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70 Responses to How To Help Japan’s Pets (Find Animal Rescues)

  1. Global Animal March 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #


    Sorry to hear there are issues with donating. Things definitely aren’t at their most smooth right now and many orgs and sites, including our own, are overwhelmed (in a good way!) with the outpouring of support by animal lovers. The Chip-In site seems especially loaded and linking to the page takes time. Please be patient. Here are the two links:

    Give this link a try:

    This link is a Japanese webpage and the PayPal is in Japanese. There is a drop down menu in the upper right of the PayPal page to switch to english.

    Or you can try Global Animal’s chip-in. We are donating all contributions to the organization in the link above – you may have more luck here; it’s on our home page on the right:

    There should be a Chip-In on our home page and within all stories on the right side.

    While both links are slow, they are active for contributors because, happily, the donations total are growing every hour.

    Good luck and thanks again for all your support on behalf of Japan’s lost and injured animals!

    Leah Lessard Jeon, Global Animal co-founder and Editor-in-chief

  2. MATTHEW March 17, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    i would like to adopt an abandoned dog from the earthquake. I live in the U.S.A. I love animals just as much as humans and yes, we have to be a voice for those who do not have one. Please, if I could adopt either the 2 dogs that were rescued or any other dog that needs a home from the earthquake let me know how i can do that. My email is [email protected]

  3. Marisa March 17, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I donated $50 to the World Vet Organization and $50 to Direct Relief International Organization which have brave volunteers both people and canine on the ground right now. I urge anyone who can to do the same. You never know when you will be relying on the generosity of someone so far to help you in your time of need.

    • Ann March 22, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      I also split my donations: $100 to the World Vets Organization and $100 to another organization. If even 100 people would donate $50 each, that’s another $5,000 dollars. Even a $20 donation adds greatly to the resources.

  4. Hurting March 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Hey yall. I am trying to access the link to the pay pal account for donations and the web browser wont allow me to get to the website. Will someone please help me figure how I can send my part.

    I could not have put it any better AmandaDC. You, us, we are the proof that people still care and will overcome and prevail. The animals of Japan that are now in eternal sleep are in a better place and have done their part in bringing the people of the world together. It still gets my go to see it!!

  5. Elia March 17, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    He visto el video y no he parado de llorar, no hay mejor amigo del ser humano que estos animalitos, que hacen de nosotros la vida mejor…….

  6. Michael Forcinito March 17, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    I donated $50 each to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and Humane Society International. I urge everyone who can to help the animals.

  7. Pelin March 17, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    I just watched the two dogs from Arahama area. Then I reached this page. I donated $50. Thank you everyone.

  8. jessica March 17, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    The dog who mad the news today touched my heart he lead a rescue team to his injured mate who needed help what an amazing dog if you can send theM both to australia I would love to give them both homes

    • Marta March 17, 2011 at 6:22 am #

      I thank life for people like you.

  9. Karin March 17, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    I made a simple PayPal donation on the
    website, a link I followed off this website. Please peeps, join me and get these little fury friends some help. To all you who have donated and those actually hands on – thank you!

  10. Barry March 17, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    I am negative right now but Friday I’ll be getting a pretty nice pay check and I will be back then to donate as much as I can…Promise!