A Tale of Chivalry
"Melting with tenderness and kind compassion"
~ William Shakespeare
Amidst the devastation of the Japanese tsunami, pets were lost or abandoned, and animals were left without care due to the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The suffering of these lost animals has been tragic. Like a true Knight, a British woman, Elizabeth Oliver, founder of ARK, "Animal Rescue Kansai", has risked the lethal radiation levels to rescue animals in the 12 mile evacuation zone. The 70 year old Elizabeth Oliver wears a protective suit and carries a Geiger counter when she enters the area with the awaiting animals.
The pets are brought back to the charity offices in the cities of Osaka and Tokyo where they are treated and offered either permanent or temporary homes. After animals arrive there, she advertises them for three months in an attempt to reunite them with their owners before putting them up for rehoming. They are also de-wormed, neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped.
Many animals were originally tethered in front of houses, for authorities to collect. Some then managed to break free. According to Elizabeth Oliver when animals are free to leave their homes, many refuse to leave believing their owners will return.
During one of her trips she came across a farm with dying horses. Since ARK did not have the facilities to care for horses, Elizabeth contacted Hisaiba, a horse rescue group and they were able to take in all the savable horses.
ARK is also working to gather support for a petition to the Japanese government to pressure them into keeping their word that they would allow pets to stay with their owners in evacuation facilities.
The work of Elizabeth Oliver and ARK is indeed a tale of true chivalry. One can visit the ARK website to keep up to date on her rescue efforts or to donate to this most worthy cause.
We thanketh Elizabeth Oliver and all who help her in Japan for her true courage in rescuing all these animals and her compassion for loving them.
With deepest gratitude,
Scribe of Camelot
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