Friday, March 25, 2011

Helping the Humans and Animals of Japan

Such a monumental tragedy, what happened in Japan. Words cannot express. To be hit by the deadly double blow of a colossal earthquake and a tsunami on March 11 is bad enough. Throw in a nuclear crisis and you have a thoroughly traumatized nation.

There are plenty of opportunities to donate to humans and animals in Japan. Red Cross, UNICEF and the Mennonite Central Committee are all wonderful ways of helping people. And believe me, they need our help. Whatever you can spare - $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more - every little bit helps.

Lots of agencies are also working around the clock to help animals in Japan. A Facebook group for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is collecting donations. The Japanese organization known as the Animal Refuge Kansai is also doing a lot to help offer shelter and care for Japan's devastated and homeless animals. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network has also been providing critical assistance in hard-hit areas. Finally, the groups World Vets and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are two other very worthwhile organizations that need our support.

It is amazing how far a little bit of money goes with these groups. Whether the recipients are human beings or animals - ideally both - a small donation makes a big difference.

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