The GlobalAnimal.org community once again demonstrated compassion in action with another donation to help Japan’s animals. Today’s donation of $9,050 was sent to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support (JEARS) to provide immediate assistance for their ongoing efforts with lost, injured, and displaced pets. To date, Global Animals have donated $27,051 through the GlobalAnimal.org website alone, as well as tens of thousands of dollars directly to JEARS and other animal rescue organizations.
This $9050 contribution is the second collective donation made on behalf of the GlobalAnimal.org community of animal lovers worldwide since the March 10, 2011, tsunami and earthquake. On March 20, GlobalAnimal.org sent Japan Earthquake Rescue & Support an $18,000 collective donation on behalf of its readers. Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support is a coalition of three longstanding non-profit animal rescue organizations in Japan. They are: HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata, and Japan Cat Network.
Following the disaster in Japan, GlobalAnimal.org created a How To Help Japan’s Animals page, which is a resource of contact information to many reputable non-profit animal welfare organizations and links to donate directly to the organizations. More than 33,000 people have used the resource page so far to find out how to help Japan’s pets and their guardians. For the GlobalAnimal.org team, the opportunity to be a conduit for the flow of energy between animal lovers around the globe and the people saving animals in Japan is a tremendous honor.
Initially, GlobalAnimal.org set up the ability to donate through the site in response to readers’ inquiries and the challenges some experienced while trying to donate through other channels. JEARS’ ‘chip-in’ function during the first days, for instance, slowed down under the enormous activity of people wanting to give. So, GlobalAnimal.org set up a collection function. What began as a way to facilitate getting donations to the people on the ground as quickly as possible, evolved into a testament of the power of community.
It’s with deep gratitude that we thank all the Global Animal readers who contributed to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support. And it’s with heartfelt gratitude, too, that we thank all the remarkable people at JEARS for their selfless work with animals victimized by the earthquake.
GlobalAnimal.org is happy to be sharing the many success stories of animal rescues in Japan’s worst hit areas. It’s a terrific sign to have more stories everyday of lives saved. JEARS has been fundamental in changing the tide from one of devastation to one of hope. Keep up the inspired work!