Paws for Japan

Like many of you, I have been glued to the television this weekend in horror at the disaster that has befallen the residents of Japan. At times like these, our daily concerns about Little League games, the price of gas, or frustrations about the stupid little things evaporate as we take a look around at all the things we are fortunate enough to have- loved ones, security, safety- and imagine them all swept away in the blink of an eye.

We will donate, as always, to the usual organizations providing humanitarian aid. They need it.

Unfortunately, our animal friends have been devastated as well, and are so often left to fend for themselves in a crisis.

To that end, I hope everyone will consider taking just a small portion of any donation they are planning to make to relief efforts, and give that to an organization that is specifically proving animal relief.

Scams abound in these situations, but I am glad to share one organization I am sure of, having met the CEO at the last Blog Paws event. I am a huge fan of Cathy King and World Vets, an organization that has, under her guidance, provided assistance to animals around the globe.

Dr. King has already mobilized a team to go to Japan and provide aid to established groups that are already present. They will need all the help they can get in order to assist in the devastation.

To that end, I’ve joined Blog Paws Be the Change in declaring Thursday, March 17th “Paws for Japan” Day. We will be raising awareness of the World Vets effort and encouraging people to donate to their vital work.

Please consider shelving the green beer, just this once, and spend the day with your fellow pet bloggers getting the word out. I’m just one voice out there, but there are so many of you with so very much collective power in your voices- we need your help!

How to Participate

1. Grab the badge(s).

2. On March 17th, post, tweet, or share on Facebook about the World Vets effort for animal relief in Japan. Be as creative as you wish in promoting the cause!

3. We will create a blog hop using Linky Tools. Please add your blog link.

4. If you are a retailer and would like to donate a portion of your profits that day to World Vets relief effort, let me know and I will share that on Thursday. As always, giveaways are also a great way to support the cause.

Can we count on you? Have a great idea to add to get people to participate? Please share! I can’t think of anything I have done this past year that is more important than this effort.

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  • Yes, please count me in! And keep us posted on the Linky Tools!

  • Great idea – I LOVE WorldVets and Cathy King. I’m in!

    • Isn’t she something? I feel so unaccomplished next to her.

  • We are absolutely participating. Thank you for putting this together.

    • And thank you for your help with the linky!!

  • I’m in as well! Thanks for providing all that we need to help spread the word. I am keeping my post short and sweet…….no words needed, the devastation sadly speaks for itself. Hope it is ok that I already posted the widget on my blog…..(chipin)

    • Heck yes! That is great!

  • I’m in of course. Will blog and share on social media. Would you be doing the giveaways or we do on our end?

  • I’ll help spread the word.

    • Thank you! I appreciate the help spreading the word!

  • Cathey

    Thanks Dr. V, for helping us find a reliable way to help our four legged friends who mean so much to all of us.

  • Sylvia

    You’ve got my vote!

  • Tamara

    I’m in and will do all I can to promote these efforts all week, but especially on Thursday.

  • We’re in!! So glad to hear about this project…thank you!

  • Tim

    This is a great idea. We will put a donation jar on our counter for our customers to contribute and will pledge 100% of our profits that day to this effort. Thanks for getting the word out and I hope everyone joins the cause!

    Tim Hall
    Naturally 4 Paws

    • Thank you Tim! I will put a link up to your site on Thursday!

  • flicka47

    Have we got a twibbon for the twitter folks? Not all of them blog,nor do all of their followers…

  • LAPCATS will help spread the word!

  • A great idea – count on my support

  • I would love to help out! Also to donate artwork, drawings or prints to the cause if I can

  • This is PAWSOME! I will be having a commenthon on my blog that day – my human will donate one dollar to World Vets for every comment to my March 17 post.

    • I love that! Thank you!

  • flicka47

    Thanks Dr V!! I’ll spread the word(&the twibbon!)

  • Count us in too to support and spread the word.
    Diane and Cosmo

  • This is a GREAT idea. I’ve been feeling so helpless these past few days so this is a great idea to get motivated for a great cause. I’m going to try to run a raffle on my blog and get some of my knitting friends involved. Thanks so much and see you online Thursday. 🙂

  • Dash Kitten

    I. AM. IN.

  • I am in! Can someone put the logo on a tshirt, one of those $15 specials? also, I am in with artwork, making a kimono wallhanging, probably will do more.

    • I looked into it, but the only sites like cafepress and zazzle are donating $$ for their official shirts only. It’s not worth the effort and time to make a shirt where only $1 gets donated.

  • Montreal Critters will be joining this great effort on March 17th.
    Thank you so much for this!

  • My blog’s not overtly a “pet blog” but i’m still in.

  • I had already contributed to World Vets before learning of this effort, but will be very happy to run a post on Thursday supporting this effort. I definitely want to help out and this is a great idea.

  • I’m in!

  • Hi! I think what your doing is wonderful! But, i can only post a badge if i have the code for it, so can you send me that? Or put it in the comments? Thanks.

  • My Paws For Japan blog is already up, waiting for the Blog Hop.

    • I’ll have the Blog Hop code tonight, so you can just edit that in. Thank you!

  • Yes, We are going to prepare our post for tomorrow right away.
    count us in:)

  • We’re in!! We will be hosting a giveaway competetion for a bandana 🙂 M x x

  • Sounds like a great idea! I’m in! I’ll be posting my entry tonight. Please add me in!

    • Hi RR! On the latest post, the blog hop is live- once your post is up you can click on the part that says “Click here to Enter” and put your link in. voila! done!

  • Am in 🙂 We’re auctioning a few photographic greetings card for World Vets too, details on my blog.

    Angela, UK

  • is donating a portion of all proceeds today to World Vets. We are IN!

  • Added the badge to my site. Fashionable Furrbabies can donate.

  • We are in too! We have tweeted and donated to World Vets and the WSPA.

  • The ChipIn widget doesn’t seem to be working anymore.

  • Mel

    Hi! I live in Denmark, I don’t have a pet, but I love animals so I would be happy to help out too 🙂 – I have used the ‘button’ on my FB page 🙂

    All the best and I hope many animals will benefit from this!

  • I’m coming into this late in the day…but I’m in!

  • I am donating proceeds from art magnet sales! –

  • I’m in !
    searching for the Mr Linky linky, but unavailable at this time, eh?


    • The linky is up on all of my posts from today. 🙂