In light of what's going on over on the East Coast, it seems fitting to share the newest program from BlogPaws. Share with friends and make this the most succesful program ever! It's not for us, you know. It's for animals in harm's way.
BlogPaws and World Vets, with the help of Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, are joining forces to create The Blogger Disaster Response Network and we are inviting any interested blogger to sign up and be a part of it!
Dr. V, as most of us know her, offers her personal endorsement with the following message:
On March 11, 2011, the lives of thousands of people and animals were forever changed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that pounded the coastline of Japan. While humanitarian groups rushed to the aid of the displaced persons, the lives of thousands of animals were left in the balance due to the destruction, the radiation contamination, and the forced evacuation by US military personnel.
World Vets, an organization that at that point had yet to coordinate an international disaster relief response, was the first animal relief organization on the ground in Japan, within 72 hours of the disaster. They provided much needed supplies, support to local veterinarians, and manpower to address the complicated issues that arose in the days and weeks following the disaster.
As a small organization that relies on social media to help get the word out about their work, the BlogPaws community felt compelled to help World Vets in their efforts. On March 17th, BlogPaws Be the Change for Pets launched the Paws for Japan Blog Hop, an awareness campaign that led to World Vets having their single most successful fundraising day in the history of the organization. The donations from that day allowed World Vets to continue their work in Japan beyond the initial days, help evacuated military families reunite with pets, and set up long term relationships with local rescue groups.
Join BlogPaws and your fellow pet bloggers in being part of the first responder group.