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Helping Pets in Japan
Annie_WebMD_Staff posted:
Helping Pets in Japan is Dr Ann Hohenhaus' newest pet blog. After the Japan earthquake and tsunamis last month, many pets in Japan were displaced. Dr Ann discusses how these animals could develop problems related to anxiety and stress from being displaced and/or in shelters and how various animal organizations are working to help out.

Have you ever had a pet that was displaced due to unforseen circumstances including disasters?

- Annie
There's nothing better than a warm fuzzy hug from your pet!
Rohvannyn responded:
I've been through that a couple of times. When I was six years old, the cabin my family was living in burned down. One elderly cat we had never got out. We think he was asleep and probably never woke up due to smoke inhalation, though the cabin eventually burned to the ground. Luckily our dog Susue wasn't tied up as she usually was and so I was able to rescue her. The two prized things I brought out of the fire was her, and a book that I loved. I didn't even have my glasses or shoes or anything, and it was the middle of the winter, in the woods of northern Idaho. Our other cat and the dog came back with us, as well as a little Birman mix kitten my dad rescued from an outhouse. My folks have big hearts.

Time passed, and lots of moves. In the fall of 2009 my house was foreclosed on and I, my spouse, and out three cats were turned out. I found a home for one but we packed up the other two and moved to Nevada, then Arizona, living in a tent for about two months total. My male cat (Orion) succumbed to a respiratory ailment possibly related to Valley Fever, but Mouse (the cat in my profile) is alive and sassy. We have since adopted another cat.

Yes, I know what it's like to be displaced, and what it's like to love a pet but have no place to live. As awful as those experiences have been, it reminds me of what's really important in life. My heart goes out to the people of Japan. Please, help them, and help anyone else that you can, whether it's through the adoption of a pet, a morsel of good advice, a little physical assistance for an elderly neighbor, a hug for someone who needs one, or money for relief efforts. Help at home, help abroad, to your individual ability. Everyone can do something.
Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to Rohvannyn's response:
Hi Rohvannyn,

Thanks for sharing your moving story. It touches me greatly.

- Annie
There's nothing better than a warm fuzzy hug from your pet!
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM replied to Annie_WebMD_Staff's response:
And thank you for reading Tales from the Pet Clinic.
Ann Hohenhaus


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