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: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x563523
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.
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