Several organizations have raised the support level for animal rescue
in Japan, following the deadly earthquake and tsunamis that hit the country on March 11, according to TreeHugger.com.
Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK) is one such animal rescue organization located in Tokyo and Osaka.
"Here at ARK we are preparing for what might be a huge influx of animals. We already have some facilities in place and a team of experienced staff able to deal with traumatised animals. We may have to build emergency shelters as well," said Elizabeth Oliver, the chair of ARK.
According to Oliver, transportation is particularly difficult in the aftermath of the quake and rescuers have taken to using helicopters.
The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support organization, as well as the World Veterinary Association and the World Society for the Protection of Animals are also involved in the animal rescue.
On March 16, the emperor of Japan, Akihito, who is a powerful symbol in the country, gave a public speech calling for the nation to come together following the quake.