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've tried to share some of the IFAW articles with Facebook, but have to grant special permission to share all of my info with a 3rd party in order to do so (and I won't do that). I wish you'd simplify this so we could share the wonderful information you provide.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I was so pleased the the dogs were OK & rescued how heartbreaking to watch these dogs obviously someones pets.I hope with all my heart that they R both reunited with their owners.

IFAW do a wonderful job rescueing animals I applaud them in every way

My heart goes out to all the victims of this disaster it is not until you see videos like that U realise the utter devastaion.

People that put there lives at risk to go out there to save people & animals are truly outstanding individuals, I can't find the words to describe my feelings to these men & woman except to say.God Bless Them All, In all they do to help other's

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

We have so much to ascertain, appreciate and understand about animals---about how they think, feel and act. I have always believed that the majority of creatures on this earth sense and comprehend more than we realize. And--as we have witnessed in the video of these two canine companions, that they have the capacity for true compassion as well. Now it's our turn to show compassion and and concern through our actions, not only for our fellow humans suffering through this horrendous disaster, but also for the companion animals, local wildlife and domesticated livestock, who are suffering, displaced and hungry along with them. Please give whatever you can to assist these exceptional organizations such as the Red Cross and IFAW because without Our Help, they cannot help others!... IFAW Team Members: May you be blessed and protected in all your respected endeavors. Thank you So Much for ALL you do---for ALL living beings! Please Stay Safe.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

My reply still hasn't appeared so, just to make sure: contact DEFRA via their website: http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel...
It's a UK organisation but they may be able to help direct you. Contact the US Consulate in Japan, they should know what is required. Ring a vet in the US or ring customs office. there must be information about somewhere. Good luck!

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Had a look for you, the website of DEFRA is http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel...

If they don't have Japan - USA information. You can still get in touch via their website and ask them to direct you to the right place perhaps. Good luck

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Bless your son. It must be terrible for the people and the animals in Japan.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Try asking DEFRA - it is a UK based organistation as I don't know of any others. They give advise import and export of all animal / flora / vegetable matters. Alternatively, ask a vet, they should know where to find out the information even if they can't provide it themselves. I can understand not wanting to leave without his dogs - good for him. Too many expats abandon their pets when it gets a bit inconvenient. Good luck

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I totally agree, what a beautiful storey. Never underestimate the power of love, between humans and animals alike. Life is at its essence the most beautiful thing, it is an unconditional, emotional feeling that is not just felt by man, but by beings everywhere. God help those that are afraid, and help those that need it most.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I found on Nippon SPCA website that Japanese government has a 72-hour euthenasia by carbondioxide asphixiation policy on unclaimed pets. I'm worried that a lot of the rescued animals may take some time to get reunited with their owners, if at all. Is there any channel through which we could make an appeal to save these animals?

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

i hope more an imals can be saved ,they need our help

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