28 March 2011

Animal welfare organization IFAW mobilizes animal rescue team to Japan

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) has mobilized to Japan in an effort to assess the current situation and assist in the animal rescue in the wake of the devastating quake and tsunami. Even as the human rescue continues with many organizations stepping forward to help, IFAW has taken the lead on animal assistance. IFAW has already reached out to local rescue groups and to local veterinarians to inquire how they can best assist.

"People were not able to bring their animals with them when they left the affected area so we anticipate that the evacuation centers may need help caring for and finding homes for those displaced animals," said IFAW's Disaster Manager Dick Green. "We also know that there will be a large number of animals that survived the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that will need rescue."

One of IFAW's goals is to collaborate with NARSC (National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition) while in Japan. Combined, the two organizations have the most experience in animal rescue around the world.

For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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