Japanese Dogs, Cats, Pets in Need of Help and Care

Some two weeks after the 9.0-magnitutde earthquake and huge tsunami devastated the Tohoku northeastern Japan region on March 11, many pets in affected areas are in need of care.

While some people at evacuation facilities obtain solace from pets, others hate their noise and smell.

At a junior high school in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, which is used as an evacuation shelter, one quake-hit family with a dog is staying in a corridor with no heating. “Some people don’t like dogs,” the family explains.

Some shelter schools have set up rooms or tents for pets.

But officials of the Miyagi Veterinary Medical Association have expressed concern over sanitary problems, citing continued shortages of products for pets, including disinfectants.

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