In the midst of all the tragedy & horrible images coming out of Japan, amazingly there are two instances of Sheltie hope.

A man holding a dog walks on a street in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12. (AFP/Getty Images)

From the Wall Street Journal:

The massive tsunami destroyed most of the neighborhood in Sendai where Kikushi Kayo and her father live.  But somehow their two dogs, Toya and Melody, survived!

Click the link below to go to the WSJ page:


Many are focusing on helping humans right now, but for those interested, here are 5 ways you can help missing/injured/homeless animals in Japan.

1. Donate to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Group.

The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is a collaboration of 3 No-Kill animal welfare organizations in Japan; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata and Japan Cat Network. http://japanearthquakeanimalrelief.c…ue-and-support

2. The Animal Refuge Kansai has also set up a fund for their shelters. They’re currently preparing for an influx of animals from disaster areas.

3. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network is collecting cell phones to send to volunteers.

“We are collecting cell phones to send to the volunteers helping animals in Japan. Many volunteers don’t have phones and need them to effectively communicate with each other.”…16831644993948

4. The Search Dog Foundation is deploying six canine disaster search teams to assist with the rescues. You can find out how you can help on their website.

5. Join the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Facebook group for up-to-date information on how to help.…9228979?ref=ts


8 Responses to “Shelties survive the Japanese earthquake & tsunami”

  1. jack eames

    animals deserve to enjoy all the benefits that we enjoy. They are no less deserving! They give back to us more than we can measure!
    Good luck to the searchers , I hope they are able to help many animals .

  2. AK

    Hi,I’m sheltie guardian in Japan,
    I enjoyed visiting your site everyday.

    Thank you for posting this picture and donate information.
    I have also seen this picture at internet news.
    Very heartbreaking, but heartwarming…

    We all Japanese is in a serious situation, not only earthquake & tsunami but also nuclear accident.
    I’d like to say thank to many people who donated and pray, and American rescue team that has come to disaster area immediately.

    I hope you to watch and pray for people and pets in disaster area.
    to make them heal and chin up!:)

    –sorry…bad English >_<

  3. Treadmill Traci

    Even though we know that Japan lies on a earthquake faultline this devestation is not any less of a tragedy. I hope that my prayers will reach those in need. I am keeping up to date about the news and hope that there will be ways to help.

  4. Jennifer

    Thank you for bringing this story to our attention. I just joined the Japan Earthquake Rescue and Support group on facebook and am posting some of the pictures. This is truly heartbreaking, but I’m so glad there is some hope for these animals.

  5. Maida Farrar

    Thank you for such a wonderful story. It truly is heartwarming. God bless all the hurting animals and people in Japan.

  6. d

    Thoughts and prayer go out to the people and animals of japan. Sending a donation their way.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *