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International teamwork helping to rescue animals in Japan

When a natural disaster strikes, animal rescue becomes an effort in strategic teamwork. Humane Society International is partnering with established Japanese groups to ensure that supplies and other vital support goes as quickly as possible to those who need it following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

"They’re acting on information and requests from a range of Japanese organizations and individuals, and taking steps to make sure that HSI’s contributions count and that HSI support, practical and financial, goes quickly and efficiently to the right people and situations," wrote Bernard Unti in a March 23 HSI blog article. "Their boots are on, and they are ready to move, and at the moment when their physical presence in Japan becomes essential and useful, they will be there on the ground, side-by-side with our Japanese partners."

Currently HSI responders are scheduled to land in Tokyo on Monday, March 28. HSI veteran disaster responder Kelly Coladarc, who was assisting in a veterinary training in the Philippines when the earthquake occurred, will lead the team.

Since March 12, members of the HSI Disaster Response Team have been communicating and working with Japanese animal welfare groups and other international animal welfare organizations, such as World Vets, to identify and meet the most urgent and immediate needs of animals and those trying to help them. has donated more than $170,000 so far to HSI’s efforts in Japan, helping to pay for essential supplies such as dog kennels, collars, bowls, and animal food. To learn more, please click here.

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