Vets and first responders from Japan and around the globe have travelled to the most devastated areas of the country to aid animals in need.  Volunteers from organizations such as World Vets, JEARS and PETA are busy rescuing and medically treating animals, as well as providing animal shelters with much-needed supplies.  We salute these animals’ two-legged heroes! – Kaitlin Flynn, Global Animal

World Vets first responder Adrien Zap scans the city of Sendai for animals impacted displaced or injured in the tsunami. (World Vets)

Dog Shane is examined by veterinarian Dr. Sasaki. When the tsuanmi warning came, Shane's guardian helped neighbors escape and barely made it out in time. He could not find his beloved dog and assumed the worst. Six hours later at the evacuation shelter, someone came in and said there was a dog outside. Shane somehow found his way back to his guardian. A very happy reunion! (World Vets)
Dr. Kazumasu Sasaki, World Vets' representative in Sendai, Japan, examines a dog. (World Vets)
Dr. Kazumasu Sasaki, World Vets representative in Sendai, Japan, examines a dog by his guardian's side. (World Vets)
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) volunteers packed a van with supplies from Animal Friends Niigata, where any animals they find are placed and given proper medical care. The van is filled with pet food, kennels, leashes and capturing equipment. (JEARS)
Volunteers with JEARS visited an evacuation center in Sendai, Miyagi. They handed out pet food and asked for any leads on abandoned animals. One evacuation center was housing 10 dogs and some of the evacuees reportedly had cats at home, so volunteers left a huge supply of dog and cat food. (JEARS)
Herald, a JEARS volunteer, picks up a beagle dog in Fukushima City, 80 k.m. from a nuclear reactor. (JEARS)
A JEARS volunteer gets a "thank you" from one of over 60 cats in a shelter in Sendai, Japan. (JEARS)
Dogs and cats are certainly not the only animals affected by the tsunami. JEARS rescued four parakeets from Sendai to after receiving a call from their desperate owner, who said the birds are traumatized. JEARS is providing foster care for the birds, ensuring their safety in a stress-free environment. (JEARS)