Monday, March 14, 2011

cat island update

The latest news from Japan on the fate of Tashirojima - or Cat Island - is very good. Reports say there have been no human casualties and at least most of the cats have survived the tsunami although all are short on food. There has been extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure and much help and work will be required to return the island to a safe and economically viable place to live.

Three no-kill animal welfare organizations in Japan - Heart-Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata, and Japan Cat Network - have joined forces to create the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. There is a facebook site set up to raise funds to help animal victims and to deploy aid to stricken areas - including Tashirojima.

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