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Monday, November 14, 2011

Update On Japan's Pets

The International Fund for Animal Welfare recently wrote a report for the Japanese government that had some good news about the abandoned dogs and cats within the Fukushima plant's zone of contamination: "...As long as the animals are appropriately cleaned and quarantined, they should be ultimately safe to handle and adopt. The animals will eventually eliminate the radioactive material from their bodies."

Photo of stray dog near Fukushima courtesy of Sean Bonner of Safecast.org

The Fund hopes this report will allow more animals to be safely removed for the area and eventually adopted or possibly reunited with their owners.

To be honest, we had stopped wondering about these poor abandoned animals and were unaware that efforts were still being made to rescue them. It's odd how such a major disaster fairly quickly falls off our collective radar (or maybe it was just us), but we're glad we happened to see this article and that many of this area's abandoned pets may still be saved.

 To learn more about the animal rescue operations in Japan, read the PBS NewsHour report, "What's the Fallout for Dogs Near Fukushima?" 

P.S. Stay tuned for the Tuesday evening announcement of the lucky winner of "The Puppy Diaries" by award-winning writer, Jill Abramson-there's still time to enter! www.boccibeefs.com/2011/11/puppy-diaries-review-and-giveaway.html
And coming later this week, yet another fabulous review and generous giveaway: this time courtesy of EO Pet Products, makers of organic pet "body care" products. Wait till you see the gift package waiting for you!


Donna said...

Thank u for the good story. I happy the pets is gonna be healthy, and I hope they all have nice new forever homes very soon. :)

The Daily Pip said...

Thanks for the update, Bocci. I admit this story had fallen off my radar as well ...I am off to check out the report.

Your pal, Pip

Scrappy Angel said...


That is so true....news goes in and out of our lives so fast, sometimes it's hard to keep up!

Good follow up there!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the news of those Japanese dogs! HOpe they are all safe and well taken care of.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I admit that I had not thought of those poor pets either. BUTT this is good news about their future though.

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for this update, Bocci. We had wondered how these animals were doing, and are glad efforts are still being made to care for them.

rottrover said...

Hi Bocci! We were just over at Maggie and Mitch's and saw that pawsome towel you sent them. Can you send mom the info? It looks like something we need!!
-Bart and Ruby



Sagira said...

It is sad when these stories are not longer popular and animals are just forgotten.

You should see the dog that mom's rescue just took in. She is an adult Weimaraner and only weights 27 pounds but is so sweet. She makes everyone fall in love with her within minutes of meeting her. She is a miracle puppy.

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