From the Youtube comments section:

These 2 dogs have been rescued! Helped by a team of volunteers led by the owner of a pet food company : Kenn Sakurai - the only way they can access the region is on dirt bikes w/ cages strapped on the back. It took them 2-hrs to ride them to the nearest shelter in Mito, Ibaraki-ken. The white one still at the vet & his defender is waiting at the shelter.

The above rescue was accomplished by Kenn Sakurai who has a facebook page here.

For more photos and ways you can help out, you can check out the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support facebook page.

Also more information at Kinship Circle.



9 Comments to “Loyalty”

  1. Donated to these good people today.

    That was wonderful news from Kenn Sakurai about the dogs. They were on the minds of people all over the world. As he said, there's much more to do.

  2. Deva says:

    Free Kibble will be donating all kibble raised on the site today to rescue efforts for anuimals in Japan - it's FREE, all you do is click on a trivia answer:
    http://freekibble.com/

    Click on Free Kibble Cats, too.

  3. Biscuit says:

    Fred, thanks for posting the YouTube comment saying the dogs have been rescued - I had seen links to the video for a couple of days but wouldn't watch it because I thought it would end tragically, or at least without any word on the outcome.

    Also, a day or so after the tsunami it was thought that Cat Island, a small island where hundreds of stray cats live (and are cared for by a hundred or so full-time human residents) had been lost. It was just another piece of awful news on top of so many. But yesterday I learned Cat Island is all right, and it's thought that all the residents (human and feline) are safe:

    http://tinyurl.com/4rdnhow

    A small but important bit of good news. [/cat news]

  4. Anonymous says:

    G-d, I hope they both make it! Love like that should mean something...

  5. Ray says:

    To whom it my concern,

    I saw the dogs pn tv yesterday and my heart was broken, the same thing with the people of Japan. Anyway! i'm just wondering if the Dogs owners are alive or around? If not! I'd like to adopt both of the dogs here in the Unite States. I hope you guys have more information with the dogs or if they need a home or something. Thanks.

  6. Fred says:

    Hi Ray, thanks for offering to help. I've removed your phone number from your post because I wouldn't want you to get any unsolicited calls. The best way to contact the rescue groups in Japan to find out more about the two dogs is to contact Kenn Sakurai via his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kenn.sakurai1?sk=wall#!/kenn.sakurai1?sk=wall

  7. All of this saddens me, people, pets. But seeing things like these also gives me hope still for humanity and its kindness. Call me paranoid, but I actually have an 'emergency plan' that involves also rescuing my pets (again) as well, in case of disaster. I know people plan and if something happens we literally have seconds to react, but I know in my heart, that I would take those extra seconds to gather my 2 cats and my dog. I've given them a second chance at life and I won't let anything take it away either. My husband and I are aware of what we need to do in case of emergency. I actually have this 'bag' big enough for my 2 cats to be placed in, and we have a 'pet' bag ready to grab too, along with something for us. Someone laughed at my 'paranoia', but honestly, better safe than sorry.

  8. Fred says:

    The Countess, that's not paranoia, that's good planning. I remember there were some commercials, several years ago, telling people to plan escape routes from their homes in case of fire, etc. and it showed people throwing rope ladders out of their second story bedroom windows and stuff like that. As a kid, I wanted a rope ladder out my bedroom window regardless of fire or not. Parents said no.

  9. It might have been your parents wanted to avoid anyone climbing up that rope ladder in case you ever forgot it on the outside. However, I think that was a smart thing to think about. In times like we have now, anything can happen at any given time, as it seems far more common for natural disasters to happen due to climate changes and nature we have destroyed. I hope I never have to be forced to use my emergency kits, but maybe people should also prepare just in case.

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