This little Lhasa Apso was found by Jears & Kinship Circle volunteers nearly frozen on the side of the road. (PHOTO: Kinship Circle)

The animal rescue efforts in Japan still continue: Susan Roberts of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support (JEARS), along with Kinship Circle’s Sister Michael Marie, Adrienne Usher, Cheri Deatsch, and Tim Exley, search for life in a coastal town near the radiation exclusion zone. From Kinship Circle’s Blog:

A handful of people live here. Traffic is sparse.

A police car with flashing lights speeds past us, deep into nuclear no-go land.

Then we see him…

At first, we are not sure if he is alive. The matted creature is frozen alongside a road. Cars whizz by, but he seems in a state of shock. All of his 15-20 pounds are encased in thick, crusty fur. Finally, he blinks. He is weak, hungry and lethargic.

When Kinship Circle-JEARS volunteers approach the head-to-toe Rastafarian, he is uncommonly compliant for a Lhasa Apso. But the dangling tongue, cartoon eyes, and warrior-like stance — despite resemblance to an Ewok — confirm his breed. The Lhasa makes a half-hearted “Grrrrrrr,” then snaps at Kinship Circle IC Cheri Deatsch, who skillfully evades his teeth. “Bernard” overnights with us, deep within the disaster zone. By morning, in better spirits, he unsuccessfully attempts to detangle his pathetic coat. Only professional grooming can undo these gnarly mattes.

"Bernard" feels more like himself after a loving bath and a trim. (PHOTO: Kinship Circle)

Still, it’s the effort that counts. The little guy will survive.

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The Earthquakes are smaller and the tsunami is over, but the devastation remains. Animals are still being saved. To donate to JEARS, Kinship Circle and other non-profits on the ground in Japan, searching for animals left behind, CLICK HERE.

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