Progress Report of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) on April 16.

Progress Report of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) on April 16.

Reprint from the website of Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) .
http://cdca.jp/katudou.html


The Civilian Disaster Response Command for Animal Rescue (CDCA) has been working in Kumamoto since the earthquake occurred.

CDCA need your help!
Your donation allows CDCA to keep doing anything, and everything, that we possibly can to help the suffered animals in Kumamoto.
It would greatly appreciate any help that you can give CDCA activity in Kumamoto.

Bank Name : Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Branch Name : Ogu branch
Account Number : 2014252
Account Name : Minkan Saigaiji Doubutsu Kyusai Honbu



On April 16.
Setting the capture cage in Mashiki-machi, in Kumamoto, to find missing cats.
We stay in the car, parked at a convenience store.

About 1:25am, M7.3 earthquake occurred.
A tsunami warning was announced.
I was so stressed, so many times.
So many people injured.
We were able to offer some emergency first aid.
We always try to pay attention to people and animals, not only animal rescue.


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I have not seen any dogs or cats roaming in the town.
Yesterday I visited the shelter.
As the prefecture said, animals stayed with the owner in the shelter.
The veterinarian also visited shelters to take care of them.
Depending on the situation, they will consider finding places that will take in the animals.
We, CDCA, support the policies of Kumamoto prefecture, and cooperate with authorities.

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On April 16.
Unpredictable earthquakes and aftershocks continue causing more damage to homes.
The number of people who have to evacuate increases more and more.
The administrative efforts to find places to receive animals have’t been able to keep up with needs.
We need places now.

The slowness of administrations in disasters is always a problem.
But we have to improve with each instance, and hope to make use of this lesson.
We need prompt correspondence with authorities, we search for information, and connect victims who have pet-related problems with animal welfare associations or animal hospitals.

The weather will be stormy from tonight.
If you move with cats from now, put cats into a laundry net, and then put them into a cage or carry bag.
We took in a dog.
The owner is going to evacuate, but seeing the dog’s character and age, it is better for it to stay with us.

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On April 16.
There are no cages for dogs and cats in the shelter.
So the owner has to keep them on a leash.

They shouldn’t release cats and difficult to evacuate together.
It is so difficult to find cages in Kumamoto.
It is a terrible situation, because Kumamoto prefecture doesn’t have any cages.
We can’t find any information on any animal welfare association that might loan out cages and capture cages.
We are going to ask Kumamoto Animal Welfare Center if we can borrow some.
We also tried to deliver some from the Kanto area, but the delivery system is currently stopped.

There are a few volunteers and animal welfare associations which could rescue animals.
The authority in Kumamoto can’t decide who is in charge of animal problems in such a disaster.
What they can do is to say it is possible to evacuate together with pets.
But in fact, there are no cages or houses in the shelter, and it is difficult to stay there for a long time.
Kumamoto prefecture doesn’t have any information on provisional animal housing, and can’t provide introductions for that.
The residents, who are already dealing with difficult troubles, have to find solutions on their own.

On April 16, Kumamoto prefecture said that the veterinarian society cancelled plans to visit the shelter because of the big earthquake in the middle of the night.

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We brought some materials by plane to Fukuoka, and then rented a car to go to Kumamoto.

There are no cages, or food, in the shelter.

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As I came from from far away, I couldn’t bring enough materials.
It is annoying that we can’t find necessary materials, like cages, the capture cages, and food.
But we have to go on to make contact with affiliate organisations, even if it’s a slow process.
I hope we can do something for evacuated residents and their pets.
We certainly have to feed the animals that don’t have family, or are missing.
But we don’t have enough man power.

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