Paws for Japan

I am beginning to realise that I am part of a community. I am a pet blogger! It’s kind of shifting my worldview, and my concept of this blog.

I posted yesterday about ways to help the pets that were affected by the Japanese earthquake last Friday. However, Blog Paws Be the Change has declared today, Thursday, March 17th “Paws for Japan” Day to raise awareness of the World Vets effort and encourage people to donate to their vital work.

PawCurious has a great post about this, and just look at the photo they found of a Japanese cat, stranded on a piece of flotsam! What if that were Jacoby or Angel!

Our friend Sparkle is having a Commenthon; her human has pledged to donate one dollar for each comment made today on this post. Only one comment is allowed per family, and the commenthon will end at 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 17, Pacific Time

There is also a Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support ChipIn effort that is collecting money until April 11, so be sure to click the link and spread the word! They have a fancy widget, too, but I cannot get the widget to work in this blog…so have Maneki Jakeo instead.

I’ve put prints of Maneki Jakeo up for sale at Zazzle to help raise money for this cause; $10 from every sale will go to helping Japanese cats and their humans.

I live in Boston now, an area relatively safe from Earthquakes, but I grew up in Northern California and I felt an earthquake when I was 10. It was August, I was in my room reading, and my bed starting rolling around on the hardwood floor. I thought someone was under my bed, moving it. That only lasted seconds, but I remember the feeling over 30 years later.

I didn’t feel the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, but I drove to Berkeley two days after, and I will never forget how eerie it was to pass by San Francisco and see it completely dark and almost invisible in the night.

People say they “can’t imagine” what it would be like to experience something like a major earthquake, but I actually can imagine it. So please consider a donation to help the people and their pets who also, now, can imagine what it’s like to survive a natural disaster.

(And in case you’re worried about scams, you can trust World Vets. They’re a a 501c3 nonprofit organization and donations to them are tax deductible if you live in the US. 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. Their work spans 25 countries and 6 continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human health issues impacted by zoonotic diseases in developing countries. Definitely not a scam.)

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