Thursday, March 17, 2011

A strange thing happened on the way to the supermarket today.

I've been sitting here wondering what title might be most effective in getting you to read this post today. I hope the one I chose works because it's important.

If you follow this blog, you'll know that the most recent posts here were about a dog's predilection for sundried squid and possum poop, and her geriatric friend's epic battle with cats.

This post is a bit more serious than that. It's a post for a cause. Please don't switch off just because I said that. You only have this moment to help.

It's been almost a week since the 9.0. Like a celebrity that everyone recognises by their first name, I'm guessing I don't need to say more. On my telly at least, the news has already moved on to Libya, Bahrain, cricket scores, and what Charlie Sheen said 2 minutes ago.

The lack of soundbites doesn't deter from the fact that events of a nuclear proportion are still unfolding, and things could get worse before they get better.

As with any tragedy like this, humans aren't the only ones who lose homes and families, get injured, killed or have their lives turned upside down. Animals do too.

Both these pictures from:
Fortunately, there are also organizations that recognise the need to help these animal victims. I only found out about this one today.
It sounds rather like Médecins Sans Frontières, except it's for animals.

This NGO has set up a specific Japan Disaster Relief. You can read more about that here [it has daily updates] -

Of course, being a bright person,  you know where all this is heading. Here's where I ask if you'd like to skip that cupcake and latte today, and make a donation instead -

Perhaps I shouldn't say this while asking for your money, but I'm rather paranoid about these things myself. I'm making an exception here because other more clued-in people have checked it out and all donations go directly to the Relief Fund. So, if you wish to, please chip in and be at peace.

If you're able and would like to contribute something other than money, here's the WorldVets wishlist [which you'll find at the bottom of their Japan Disaster Relief page, just above the pictures] -

"Veterinary supplies and/or medicines that are being requested from are the following: De-worming medicines, vaccinations, fluid replacements, wound treatments, and cages. Donations of these items can be shipped to: World Vets headquarters, 802 1st Ave N, Fargo ND 58102

If you'd like to add your voice to this fundraiser, join the bloghop, or read more about what it takes to rescue animals in this sort of situation, please click on Dr V's Pawcurious HERE.
By the way, I found out about this fundraiser hop at DaleysDogYears, just as I was about to leave for the shops. Thanks Chandra!

2 old friends and a story about loyalty.

Now, seriously, I really do need to get to the supermarket. The Other Half 's sinuses will stuff up tonight if there's no soy milk with his after-dinner coffee, and lord knows, I wouldn't like to be responsible for any more suffering.


Jan said...

I checked this one out too and it's totally legit from what I've found. So many bogus charities crop up from tragedies. Those of us whose dogs are part of our families know what people are going through and I'm only too glad to help.

chandra said...

perfect title post - you so know how to lure us in!

i've been reading on facebook that the two dogs in that video were rescued and that the weaker one is under a vet's care. hopefully that's true. and hopefully many many more rescues will be possible with the help of groups like world vets. as cleo at grouchy puppy said today when you help people's pets, you're helping people as well.

cupcake skipped. latte skipped.

-c at ddy.

georgia little pea said...

@Jan - thanks for double checking. there are indeed a lot of bogus charities out there, not to mention too many tragedies vying for our gnat-like attention.

@Chandra - apparently so, that the dogs got rescued. i think Dr V has a bit more on that too.

THANKS, the 2 of you :)

houndstooth said...

I saw that story with the two dogs and felt so awful for them! My husband has an uncle who's a missionary in Japan, fortunately on the other side of the island that wasn't affected.

I wish I'd read about the fundraiser earlier!

georgia little pea said...

very lucky uncle.

maybe it's not too late for you to join. you have a marvellous readership [that is to say, potential donors]! i only found out about it myself this morning, thanks to daleys :)

Anonymous said...

I believe there is still time to join in. I am trying to make my way round and comment and click as I am able. I am sharing posts with social media regularly to get awareness up all through the day.

However I am being told by the resident cat that his bowl is empty so I must attend to that as well. (Charity begins at home - after the master is fed)

Peggy Frezon said...

I don't have much but I hope every little bit adds up and will help these animals.

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

We are glad pets are being rescued too. It is sad to think of them, so scared and lost, not understanding what is going on around them or where their humans have disappeared to! It breaks our hearts. :(

georgia little pea said...

@dogsmom- that's a really good idea. I've read a few very informative posts that I should share on fb too. Never thought of that. Duh. Thanks :)

Kristine said...

I think we were definitely successful as far as awareness is concerned. Honestly, as someone who works as a fundraiser, I am just not all that comfortable using my blog to ask for money. At all. It makes my teeth ache, to tell the truth. But I think you did it in a super classy way. I like the addition of the other ways to support than monetary. There is a lot one person can do, fortunately, even without a very small bank account.

I wish I'd read this post sooner!

Shawn Finch, DVM said...

Well said Georgia Little Pea! I love that video. It is an encouraging bit to a very sad situation.

sonia a. mascaro said...

I am very concern and sorry for the Japanese people...what a much pain...I am concern also with many poor animals in this terrible natural disasters...Fortunately there are many people that help humans and animals too.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Thank you my dear Georgia!