JAPAN QUAKE VIDEO: Dog Survivor Protects Injured Friend

3.24.11 UPDATE: The IFAW emergency relief team is deploying to Japan shortly. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: National Public Radio correspondent Scott Simon ran a story about animal rescue in Japan which talked about these two dogs and their being ok.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare Emergency Relief team continues to closely monitor the situation and the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. As soon as the situation stabilizes and ensures responder safety, our IFAW team intends to be on the next plane in to begin our animal relief mission.

In the meantime, we are actively seeking to provide local animal groups with funding to help provide food, shelter, medicines and whatever else is needed.

And while we along with everyone else in the world has been watching the unthinkable coverage of the devastation, there has also been some amazingly touching footage of animals doing their best to survive.

Reporters filming the destruction from last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami came across a spaniel mix amid the rubble of a destroyed town.  The spaniel led the reporters to another dog who was injured and appeared unable to stand up.  The loyal spaniel stood watch over his mate as the reporters approached.

Here’s an English translation of the video (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura and copied from yahoo news):

> We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

> He has a collar. He must be someone's pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

> Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.

> Where?

> Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

> The dog is protecting him.

> Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

> I can't watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

> Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

> Yes! Yes! He is alive.

> He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

> Oh good. He's getting up.

> It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It's just amazing that they survived through this all.

The reporters managed to reach veterinarians from an animal rescue group and both dogs were rescued and are now at a local shelter.

The video  echoes the sentiments conveyed by  Japanese Emperor Akihito’s whose plea for his countrymen not to give up and to “treat each other with compassion and overcome these difficult times” was also quite moving, even via an English translation.

Please continue to monitor http://www.ifaw.org for updated information as we get it.

Comments: 116

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I, too, find that it is easier to love animals, but their precious Creator, God, loves us, as well as them. In fact, he loves us the most. He loves us so much, that He sent Jesus to show us His love. It helps me to love people, if I picture them as "lost sheep." In the Bible, it says that this is the way that God sees us.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Please, do not wait so long for the radiation to go away, because thousands need Your help. Later it will be too late! And open the website where people could adopt poor animals and other people in need.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Not sure what is tricky about this. I brought a dog home from Japan 20 years ago. Proof of rabies and distemper vaccines plus a deworming is, I think, all that is needed for airport authories. No quarantine is required upon arrival, either.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

But so are some good people such as these have helped to these puppies. In addition to help these people, they probably would not be alive

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Perfect! I do not wish evil on anyone but you said it perfectly. It is what is is.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Me too

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

ya i`m happy for the dogs to and hope they both get good homes together

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazing, truly an a amazing story. Shows you how loyal a dog can be. <3 Thank god, they're okay, don't even want to think of the amount of animals injured or alone...

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

same here

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

HI JANET,
I KNOW THAT SOME STATES REQUIRE VACCINES TO BE ADMINISTERED BY A VET, AND OTHERS DO NOT, ALLOWING OWNERS TO VACCINATE THEIR OWN PETS. IRONICALLY, I WAS BROWSING THRU A FOSTERS & SMITH CATALOG LITERALLY 1 DAY AGO WHEN IT ARRIVED IN MY MAIL, CATALOG #:K=4340/3250 PAGES 20 AND 21. I OWN 3 CANE CORSO'S, SO I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO MINIMIZE EXPENSES FOR THEM ;) I FOUND ON THEIR LATEST MAILED CATALOG ON PAGE 20, THEY OFFER A "HOW TO VACCINATE YOUR DOG VIDEO", AND ON PAGE 21 (FACING PAGE) ALL OF THE VACCINES FOR SALE. THESE ARE GOOD ALSO, BECAUSE THEY ARE "ALL IN ONE VACCINES". YOU CAN ALSO GO TO THEIR WEBSITE: www.DrsFosterSmith.com OR CALL 1.800.826.7206, AND EXPLAIN YOUR NEED FOR VACCINES TO THEM, HOPEFULLY THEY CAN HELP GET WHAT IS NEEDED. GOOD LUCK, AND PLEASE KEEP ME ADVISED ON THEIR RESPONSE TO YOU;)

I HOPE THIS HELPS GET THEM ALL HOME SAFELY!

~trae`
traesmaron@me.com

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