As a result of the Fukushima tsunami and evacuation more than two years ago, there are about 150 chained dogs waiting for their family’s return in Iitate-village in Fukushima. The Hachiko Animal Federation has just started a campaign to raise funds to help these dogs.
Iitate-village in Fukushima has never been in the ‘no-go-zone’ except for the area called Nagadoro. However, due to high radioactivity, the entire village was mandated to evacuate several weeks after the disaster. Visiting the village is open to the public, but nobody is allowed to stay there overnight. Therefore, villagers live elsewhere and visit their home when they can. Many of the villagers still cannot take their pets with them due to the condition of their current housing. Therefore, their dogs are forced to stay in the village where no people live, waiting for people to visit. In addition, the dogs must be chained due to the local government’s order. Otherwise they would risk being taken to the government shelter, which has a gassing chamber.
The 150 lonely, chained dogs wait for someone to visit them with food and water. Some volunteers and self-patrolling teams organized by the villagers continue to feed them as much and as often as they can. However it is a large village and feeding includes not only dogs but cats too. Most of the dogs and cats do not get food on a daily basis. In addition, 30 of these chained dogs are not comfortable situations as they do not have a proper roof.
There is a man named Mr. Hirayama who has been working to provide houses to the dogs in the village. Unfortunately, about 30 dogs in the village still need protection from the elements, particularly in the snowy winter and the hot summer. The reality is that not all dog owners are sensitive to their own dog’s situation and therefore Mr. Hirayama needs donations from others for the supplies.
The Hachiko Animal Federation is working to gather funds to send to Mr. Hirayama for the Fukushima Dog House Project. Please help the poor dogs in Iitate-village, Fukushima and make their situation better by providing them with a donation towards a dog house. The cost per dog house is approximately $300.00 and donations of any size are being accepted. A dog house can make a huge difference in these animals’ lives!
A special website has been set up to receive donations for the project. Alternatively, you can donate via paypal to The Hachiko Animal Federation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are accepted via PayPal under their official name, The Hachiko Animal Federation at email@example.com.
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