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Great Animal Rescue Stories and Japan's Tsunami Animal Victims Update

Updated on February 25, 2014

Animal Rescue's Best

I don't know about you but when I hear a news story outlining yet another tale of animal cruelty or neglect, I want to change the channel. It is not that I don't care, rather that I care so much it hurts and I feel helpless to do anything to significantly change the suffering that these innocent animals endure every day. Nonetheless, I try to do what I can and I decided to focus this hub instead, on ways that we can help, celebrating a few very devoted animal lovers that are willing to get out there, role their sleeves up and make a dent in the lives of some needy pets.

I say kudos to the "crazy cat lady" who, upon her death, was rumored to have left millions to care for the hundreds, if not thousands of cats she had acquired over the years. Maybe she had the last laugh, living it up somewhere on her eighth or ninth life.

Valor's Rescue-Just another Dog Day

Valor is a muscular Pit bull dog that would have died on the streets of Los Angeles if a volunteer with an independent animal rescue group hadnt witnessed him getting hit by two cars.
Valor is a muscular Pit bull dog that would have died on the streets of Los Angeles if a volunteer with an independent animal rescue group hadnt witnessed him getting hit by two cars. | Source

About A Dog's Life Rescue Organization

A Dog's Life Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization in Los Angeles, California started by Julia Pennington and Allison Lange in 2005. Their mission is to save the lives of abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and other animals, by providing shelter, care, and medical attention to homeless animals through adoption, adoption events, and community outreach, promoting spaying and neutering as an eventual solution to the ever growing problem.

They have a page of adorable rescued and ready to adopt animals or if you are not in a position to make a permanent commitment, they are in desperate need of foster homes. A Dog's Life will provide all the food and supplies, you provide the love and temporary shelter.They also have a downloadable application for adopting or fostering one of these homeless animals as quickly as possible!

Women Who Rescue Dogs-The Rescue!

Easter is no treat for Bunnies!

With Easter approaching, Animal Shelters are encouraging people to rescue a homeless bunny if you have decided that they will be a welcome addition to your home and family!
With Easter approaching, Animal Shelters are encouraging people to rescue a homeless bunny if you have decided that they will be a welcome addition to your home and family! | Source

Are you Really Ready for a Rabbit?

With Easter fast approaching it seems appropriate to discuss the most popular pet at this time of the year, a fluffy cute little bunny. The problem is that the addition of an adorable little bunny rabbit to your family is usually an impulse purchase, not a well thought out decision, made after considering the long term ramifications. Surprisingly, rabbits live a good ten years, so it is best to learn all about these wonderful creatures and what they need to become a happy, well-adjusted family member.

Debby Widolf of the national animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, says that rabbits are third most abandoned animal at shelters, and countless others are released to fend for themselves, but often become an unfortunate addition to a predator’s lunch. She advocates adoption for families that have truly considered all of the rabbit responsibilities and still want to add one to their family. In addition, she advises not to buy online or from a pet store.

Best Friends Animal Society is working hard to help the cause and joined other rabbit rescue groups in 2010 for the first-ever, large-scale, trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for literally dozens of abandoned pet rabbits. To learn more about rabbits, go to the Best Friends Website or check out the House Rabbit Society - An international nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits from animal shelters and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior. Also, for chocolate lovers everywhere, for the month of April, Rescue Chocolate donates a portion of their profits to the House Rabbit Society! So get hoppin! Help to save a bunny this Easter!

Rabbit Ready?

  • Because they do live for a decade or more, rabbits require a long term commitment.They require regular vet care, and because not all veterinarians treat rabbits or know much about them, it might be necessary to take a rabbit to an exotic animal vet. Just like human specialists, they can be more expensive and harder to find
  • Children often want a furry little bunny to cuddle however, in reality, rabbits do not like to be picked up at all. To them, that signals danger and they may react by clawing--"youch". For that reason a pet rabbit may not be a good idea for a child under eight or nine years old
  • Rabbits should be spayed or neutered by a rabbit-knowledgeable veterinarian to prevent serious health problems, help the bunny be a better friend, and, of course, prevent unwanted births. It is quite difficult to determine the sex of young rabbits. Male rabbits are ready to be neutered at around 10 weeks of age, while females can be spayed at about 5 months
  • Prior to bringing a rabbit home, don't forget to bunny-proof the house. Rabbits love to chew, so cover up or hide the computer and phone cords. Happily, rabbits can be trained to use a litter box, but remember that they need regular cleaning. And, of course, rabbits also need fresh water, food and hay daily
  • Rabbits are unhappy and suffer when they are isolated from their people. They need interaction, bunny toys to play with, and plenty of daily exercise

Cat Island is the Cat Lady of Japan

Cat Island, Japan. It is like that "Cat Lady" but it is an entire island!
Cat Island, Japan. It is like that "Cat Lady" but it is an entire island! | Source
Cat Island, officially known as Tashiro Island is an island near Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture and yes, to answer your one burning question its covered in cats. Check out this Google Maps satellite view of the island.
Cat Island, officially known as Tashiro Island is an island near Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture and yes, to answer your one burning question its covered in cats. Check out this Google Maps satellite view of the island. | Source

Update on Japan's Animal Victims

Finally, so many of us are still devastated by all of Japan's victims, as rescue organizations from around the world rally to assist the recovery efforts, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people and animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Countless organizations have come forth to help, with news reports coming in daily. The following are the latest updates as of April 2011 and expected to continue indefinitely:

First and foremost: According to CNN and numerous other sources, the two dogs whose video went viral after a news crew filmed one of the dogs faithfully standing guard over his exhausted pal after they survived the disaster in Japan - have been rescued.

World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. They are still getting supplies and teams ready to deploy to Japan. As of March 15th , World Vets is also accepting donations of veterinary supplies and medications at their Fargo, ND headquarters.

The American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services Team is monitoring the situation closely and is reaching out to its international partners in order to provide a joint response to this global emergency. They have just wired $10,000 in cash and shipped a load of critically needed animal sheltering supplies to support local animal relief efforts in Japan.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has deployed search and rescue teams to Japan. Meet the team as they prepare.

Kinship Circle has organized numerous rescue and placement efforts, tirelessly donating their time and knowledge to organize short and long term assistance for victims.

Another update about Cat Island on The Cat’s Meow from Betty: “My brother’s wife is Japanese and she knows a girl whose parents live in the Cat Island and they were able to get in touch with them. They said that the island sank around 30 centimeters in the water and there was some damage to property, but cats and people are ok! They need help, of course, but the Island is still there.” Another update, I am happy to read most recently that Japan’s Cat Island is safe

Although there is still so much work to do Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is coordinating the efforts to save abandoned animals. They give almost hourly updates on the conditions in Japan.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Japan that have been affected by this tragedy and with all who donate their time, dollars, heart and soul to make the lives of those less fortunate just a little bit better. We all thank you!

Map of Cat Island in Japan

Ishinomaki Japan:
Ishinomaki Japan

get directions

You can get from Ishinomaki (石巻) to Tashirojima (Cat Island). Here’s a portion of Japan that was affected so you can see what area it’s in.


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    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Nell, so nice to see you, I am grateful to get your comment of course and couldn't agree with you more, I will never understand what some consider entertaining!!!! Animals are the best!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Ethel-thanks for your comment, I think I missed it before (?) I will always be a cat person but I also LOVE dogs, their differences are what makes each so special. So good to see you!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, kath, not sure if you got my comment, it disappeared into the far beyond! lol this is a great hub, anyone who helps animals is my hero, recently on English TV we have seen a lot about 'dangerous dogs' pitbulls etc, getting hurt, and it gets me so mad, they show them being put into fights and the wounds are terrible, hopefully the law is onto them now, cheers nell

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Kitty! As always, it is so nice to see you and enjoy your comments! Hope you are well.

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      Kitty Fields 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and awesome! It's wonderful when people spend their time and effort saving unfortunate animals. Those types of people are truly angels. Loved the hub, truly touching.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A fabulous Hub. Animal welfare is a passion with me. Especially dogs. Thanks

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Eiddwen, you are so incredible! Thank you for your most welcome visit and your animal loving daughter and family for their rescue! I am so glad that there are people like you in the world to balance out all the pain! You are awesome!!!!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      This is awesome and I loved it from beginning to end.

      My daughter Sue recently rescued a Staffie who we christened Rocky.

      The man who found him roaming the streets was called Martin so this was the name he was given by the workers from the dog sanctuary.

      He is beautiful dog and a very important member of the family.

      Sue also has four children aged 7 years and under and he has fitted in as if he'd been there all his life.

      The vet thought that he is about 5 years so hopefully he will be with us for a long while.

      Thank you so much for sharing this gem of a hub,Chatkath.

      I am bookmarking this one into my collection plus pushing all the buttons also.

      He is a handsome chap and so very loving so I think that someone's loss was indeed our gain.

      Take care


    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Wow, thank you K9, after reading some of your hubs, your response doesn't surprise me at all, I can see you are a true animal advocate and an awesome person! I truly appreciate your visit!

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Remarkably moving, amazingly beautiful. The video took my breath away. When I could focus through the tears again, I could see the grace of those who cared just a little more, and my heart warmed greatly. I am a long time advocate for no kill animal (or anything) shelters.

      This one article has made me an instant fan. I'm certain your wings are waiting at heavens gate--

      ~Always choose love~


    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Katie! You always leave the greatest, most insightful comments! That is awesome that your daughters are also involved, some of the most passionate animal rights advocates are young people, so I thank you and your daughters. So many people are just not aware of what really goes on with homeless pets & many shelters (not that I could work in most animal shelters) but I love caring for all animals & have lots of respect for the volunteers.

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      Okay, I've had a good cry now, Oh my that video, they were so patient and determined when many would have given up. This warms my heart and for that reason I will always support no kill shelters.

      My daughters and I volunteer in no kill animal shelters all the time, the need is great and so rewarding to do your part.

      This is a phenomenal page, you rock and much good Karma your way :) Katie

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ditto! Thank YOU!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Thanks Sharyn- I know how you feel, I always say I am going to spend more time enjoying animals (they don't talk back or make you feel guilty, most of them time anyway), but it is hard to find the free time to do much of anything anymore. Hang in there-I am loving your Hubs!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Kashmir- I am so glad that you enjoy happy endings too!

      Lucky Cats - I feel like you really are my Kathy Cat twin! What is it about these cats anyway? They are so funny, as mad as I get at them sometimes for making such a mess, I end up laughing about it later. They all have their very distinct personalities! I want to eventually get a blog going specifically for homeless/neglected cats, & eventually dogs - to raise awareness, etc. I will keep you posted, maybe you can share your story and then link back to your HP hubs(?) Thanks so much for your uplifting comments!


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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great info. CK and thank you for the updates. I wish I didn't need to try to work and make money because I would spend all my time in the local animal shelters volunteering. p.s. I love the "chocolate and cuddle" rabbits. Great touch to get the point across. I've seen first hand when someone takes a bunny home and is so excited at first, only to have them live a very lonely life in a cage. Really good points you made. Thanks!!!


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      8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kathy, this is just a fabulous hub! I love it! LOVE IT! And, I understand 100% your feelings about hearing and seeing so much animal is almost unbearable and, sometimes, puts me in such a deep depression that I can barely I must get to work on any one or several of my favorite interests (including animals) and busy myself until the strength regenerates. This piece is filled with positivity! It's so great to hear of the wonderful people and groups working towards the betterment of animals world wide. thank you so much for this and for the fact that you care. I had heard that the two dogs had been rescued and both survived but was never very happy to hear this from you, too! PS...the picture of your home and all your kitty companions is a carbon copy of my home..and it's just wonderful! Thank you !!!!! Kathy

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Chatkath, when i see animals that have been abused it upsets me a lot, but thank you for making the public aware of people who rescue these animals and those who offer these rescued animals for adoption, great information that everyone should be aware of .

      Awesome hub !!!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      I know, I would NOT be very helpful during an animal rescue because I would be too emotional. It upsets me so much when I think about all the homeless pets, wish I could do more to help. Thanks for commenting Susan -

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Fantastic hub. I have seen some of the animal pictures from Japan and I want to cry when I see them. When I worked at a dog kennel we rescued a lot of wonderful dogs that were abused and it just made me sick. Sorry for babbling on.

      Thanks for writing this.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      You are very kind Epi, as you hold your furry friend tight. Thank you for your comments and support, and for always seeing the passion stirring behind the story.

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago of my favorite hub subjects by you Miss K for obvious reasons - and that is where the power and conviction and emotion lies - behind this soul stirring piece - in someone like you!

      You are certainly doing God's work through your charity, kindness, compassion and understanding - and all of his creatures great and small, big and beautiful could benefit from the love of someone as special as you!


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