Skip to Main Content

PETA Asia-Pacific Providing Aid in Japan

Written by PETA | March 16, 2011

This blog is a cross-post from PETA Asia-Pacific’s blog, The Hot & Sour Scoop.

One of the first members of an international animal rights group to reach the disaster area, PETA Asia-Pacific senior campaigner Ashley Fruno has been in Japan with Isabella Gallaon-Aoki of Animal Friends Niigata since taking the first flight to Tokyo after the airport opened Saturday night. Ashley and Isabella are providing food, water, and care to animals abandoned when their guardians fled to evacuation centers, and are also providing food to animals whose guardians are having a hard time getting supplies of food because of long lines of hundreds of people waiting to get into stores. They’ve encountered many citizens who have stayed in their badly damaged homes for days because many evacuation centers are not allowing companion animals inside.

A grateful recipient of the food Ashley and Isabella are distributing.

“The damage is absolutely horrific,” Ashley says. “These dogs and cats need rescue for the sake of the anguished people who were forced to choose between seeking refuge in evacuation centers and taking their beloved animal companions with them.”

Despite long waits at gas stations, Ashley and Isabella continue to visit the worst-affected areas in search of animals who need help, and their team remains in touch with the volunteer relief center, city office, and prefecture office, which plans to set up a temporary shelter for animals in the north of the city. Ashley is also talking to reporters and asking them to alert her if they spot animals in need.

You can help fund Ashley’s work and other rescue work by donating to PETA’s Animal Emergency Fund, which provides grants to organizations that do rescue work, including PETA Asia-Pacific.

Commenting is closed.
  • Ratsnake says:

    I thought that “companion animals” PETS, as you call them are a big no no in Peta world. I rember them being refered to as slaves by people of your ilk. I suppose the solution will be to round them up and put them down lke you do in U.S

  • Richard Holland says:

    I am in Osaka and I will be travelling to the affected areas tomorrow. You say its difficult to get supplies etc. I can bring lots. Problem is funds. I am only a tourist in Japan and just getting up there will cost a small fortune. I do have room in the car but any chance you can use some of the funds you are asking for to help buy just some of the food I can bring? Any contribution would be great. I can provide receipts etc for the food. Obviously COD. Also any advice you can provide re types of food would be much appreciated. I am doing what I can to help but unfortunately dont have a huge amount of backing.

  • maharta says:

    ashley and isabella are representation of God’s hand….thank you for all your kindness….

  • audrey says:

    everyone who can donate please !!!!!!!!!!!!! they need are help – so glad someone is there for our fur friend also.

  • Amanda M says:

    I’m also concerned for the two pups. I heard they were rescued but didn’t really get details. Anyone know for sure?

  • Janet says:

    I only wish I could have donated more money. Thank you for all you do.

  • Mary Leader says:

    I also saw that video and cant stop thinking about it I hope they got rescued. DOES ANYONE KNOW?

  • aurelie says:

    Janice, I have just read that they were both rescued and are now well.. hope that’s true….

  • carmenB says:

    yes, best hold on to your dog or he will be taken and used for its fur

  • Reshma says:

    Can PETA help the animals shown in Japanese video that Janice commented about as well. I saw it on my yahoo mail? Does anyone know if the two dogs were rescued???

  • Maria says:

    Hi Janice, I just read that the injured dog is treated in a clinic and the other dog is in a shelter. I am so happy that they get help.

  • Charisse Coustas says:

    Our deepest gratitude to all those who care for the animals in need! Our thoughts and are prays are with all the animals … May the angels protect them.

  • Lizzy says:

    @Janice. I just watched that video and am still crying my eyes out! What pure and selfless creatures dags truly are! Fortunately, they were both brought somewhere safe and are receiving veterinary care! There is a link for a website attached to the video on Yahoo that gives information on how to adopt animals that were devastated by the disaster.

  • Christine says:

    So thankful for people like you!! I can’t even imagine the additional pain the people of Japan have to endure being separated by their pets. As they wait in emergency shelters I hope they’re made aware that there are angels like you out there helping their beloved pets. Thank You!!!

  • MARIMA says:

    hi i am in tears too watch videos of living beings suffering thank you so much peta and i will do what i can to help god bless all that care

  • HardKnoxx says:

    Janice, check he said that a facebook user posted that both pups were rescued and are in a local shelter – hopefully, their families come to get them or are adopted.. I would adopt both if they could get here. Thank you PETA for sending help to the critters in Japan…Janice and Isabella, you are changing and saving lives by the moment. Thank You!

  • care says:

    @ Janice, just saw the story you speak of and I’m happy to tell you that they said both dogs have been rescued.

  • Tamara says:

    THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart I send a huge thank you out to those that are looking after the animals. There are so many people looking out for people but very few to look out for the animals. I feel better knowing that someone is there helping them.

  • Donna Pardee says:

    Yes, Janice that was heartbreaking but I heard on facebook they were rescued by a guy that had a crate big enough. They said it was a struggle because they were taken by bike. I just think about how many others are out there. Thank God for Peta and spca for helping animals, sometimes they are forgotten in tragedies.

  • Deborah says:

    It does my heart good to know that the animals in this disaster are not being forgotten. @Janice, I have information that the two you mentioned in your post were rescued and are doing good. That video was just heartbreaking, and I am so glad those two dogs were rescured. Talk about loyalty!

  • RubyShadesP3 says:

    It’s wonderful to see that there are people who care so much for these poor creatures. Thank you for doing what you are doing and to everyone who is doing their part (no matter how “little” it may seem, it all makes a difference). All living beings in Japan are in my thoughts.

  • Janice says:

    Have you seen the video of the injured dog and her companion that will not leave ( the injured one)? A news crew was out and they looked very cold, tired and I’m sure hungry. They only had Japanese sub titles so I couldn’t understand what was going on. I can’t stop thinking about those 2 pups