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'm glad that both dogs are saved, but i'm sad, that the two dogs are seperated. You can see very well, that they need one another to bear their life and you can also imagine, that it is very important for their health to be together, because there is nothing and nobody left from their life before the earthquake and tsunami. You remark, that the protecting dog is very irritated in that disturbed surrounding and that the injured dog is the only familiar to stay with him in his terribly changed world. I hope, that both dogs are together soon, its good for the healing of their bodies and their souls.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I am so glad that they have been rescued-thank you!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, I agree with Amy. These are exactly those times when I wish I had loads of money. This was absolutely heartbreaking to watch. I can't stop crying. So relieved these two brave dogs got rescued. I pray they get re homed together. If every person in England donated just 1 pound each I'm sure this would make such a huge difference.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

My heart goes out to all those who had to undergo somuch of sufferings caused due to this Tsunami and the earth quake. Also when watching these two beautiful and innocent dogs plight ...and what had happened to them...I simply could not stop crying. I simply cannot get over with this scenerio. Only consolation is that it was said the TWO dogs are now safe at last.
I have mailed my contribution. Please use it carefully and please HELP those destitute ANIMALS who have no one to turn to.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Me too. We are the same.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

This is when i wish i was a millonaire. I would love to give hundreds of thousands of dollars towards these animals. I am an animal lover throuh and throuh and this is so heart wrenching watching these animals suffer and scared. i am so glad those dogs were rescued....that is such good news. I am going to try and find a way to donate at least 50 bucks from my credit card to give them. They need ALL the help they can get!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

please save the animals.look how they dogs are looking for people and want nothing for it but love and
kindness.there a life and we HAVE to take responsability for them.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I have been thinking about the poor animals in Japan, & hoping they died quickly without any pain.
It's great there is so many people that think about the animals as well as the people. Hope they can find more animals alive, they are so precious. Thank you Ifaw you are a wonderfull organisation, I will try to keep supporting you allways. Bless you

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh no I am hearing rumors that they weren't rescued and that Kenn guy is lying. Can this be true? Oh I hope not. That is why I have only donated to IFAW. They are internationally recognized.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE TWO DOGS ARE ALIVE!!!

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