Dr. Sasaki helping out Japanese pets
Japanese vet Dr. Sasaki treating dogs at one of the evacuation centres in Sendai City. He's already seen over 20 animals who need medical care in the past two days.
These volunteers with the Japanese Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support groups are making the rounds of tsunami-striken areas looking for lost and abandoned pets and handing out medicine, food and other supplies to those in need.
Woman with dog after tsunami
JEARS volunteers met up with this woman in Sendai, who had been living in her partially destroyed house because her dog wasn't allowed in the shelter.
Dogs rescued by JEARS
These dogs were rescued from Tokyo by JEARS volunteers after their owner couldn't bring them with her.
Man and dog, reunited
Kamata-san and his dog, Shane, were separated by the tsunami, only to be reunited when Shane showed up at the shelter where Kamata-san was staying.
Every volunteer gets free kitty kisses
Cat thanks a JEARS volunteer during a visit to a damaged animal shelter.
Rescued from rooftop
This Welsh Corgi was rescued by JEARS volunteers after spending three days on a roof.
JEARS volunteer rescuing a beagle in Fukushima City, 50 miles from nuclear reactor.
Cats of Cat Island
Cat Island, known for having more cats than people, dealt with 20 foot high waves from the tsunami. Most residents and cats are fine, though they are in desprate need of supplies.
This dog, named Poporo chan, was rescued from a demolished animal shelter in Ibaraki.
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