As the nuclear accident spiraled out of control, nearby residents were told to evacuate immediately. They were also told to leave their pets behind as they would be allowed to return home in a few days. That never happened. This resulted in thousands of suddenly abandoned animals that the owners would have never left behind had they known the government assurances were a lie.
Months went by, many pets have died of starvation and disease as they struggled to find food and water. A few very brave souls have been defying the law and sneaking into the disaster zone to rescue animals and leave behind food. Animal welfare groups have been begging the government for one simple thing for all these months, legal entry into the zone. Instead the government has upped the stakes, installed roadblocks and added security cameras.
So far a number of groups have applied for entrance to the evacuation zone, the Hoshi family, Angels Shiga, SORA and Animal Friends Niigita. Hachiko Coalition is tracking what groups as they apply for entry. If you are in Japan and would like to volunteer to aid with the rescues contact TJARG. The Hoshi family already have a Paypal page for donations to help cover the costs for these urgent rescues. Japanese info and Paypal link at the top of the page, English at the bottom. Hachiko Coalition is working hard to track all the groups and compile a list of those going in to do rescues along with their donation pages so people can help what will be a massive effort in a very short time window.
Worries are that this government agreement may be too little too late, many pets have already died of starvation and the rescue groups will only be allowed in until December 27th.
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