MANILA, Philippines - The massive quake and the succeeding tsunami in Japan last Friday did not only affect people and structures, but also animals.
A heartwarming video of a dog who refuses to leave an injured canine friend in the rubble has been making the rounds on YouTube and social networking sites.
Netizens were touched and impressed by the dog's loyalty even in a time of disaster.
"That dog is a better person than most humans. Loyalty is the best word to use when you describe a dog. Truly, man's best friend is a well-deserved title," one said.
Another added, "This hit me hard. The injured dog looked like my dog...who I recently had to put down. Dogs are a true example of God's love."
One of them quipped, "Why can't we humans show the same kind of loyalty and compassion?"
The 2 dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are receiving veterinary care in the city of Mito, Yahoo! News said, citing reports from CNN and the UK Telegraph.
Global Animal has provided ways for people to help pets in disaster-hit Japan -- from sending supplies and medicine to giving monetary donations.
Animal care tips for disasters
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) earlier released a list of animal safety tips during natural disasters such as typhoons.
The group said that pets, for one, should not be left at home as this will only put them in the danger of becoming malnourished and dehydrated. It may also cause them to escape in fear and get lost.
Here are some of PETA's other animal safety tips during disasters:
- All animals should have collars with identification tags. Make sure you have a current photo of your companion for identification purposes.
- Hotels often lift "no pets" policies during emergencies, but keep a list of hotels that accept companion animals just in case. Include the Philippine Animal Welfare Society's (PAWS) phone number, (632) 475-1688, in your list of emergency numbers. It might be able to provide information during a disaster.
- Keep copies of your pet's records in your emergency kit. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters require medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
- Have a ready pack containing a carrier, leash, extra animal food and other supplies that you will need so you can grab them easily if you need to evacuate in a hurry.
But if you really must leave your pets behind, PETA has these tips:
- Never turn animals loose. Do not tie animals outside or keep them in a vehicle unattended. Leave them in a secure area outside your home.
- Leave out at least 10 days' supply of water. Fill every sink, bowl, pan or container with water, then set them on the floor. Do not leave just one container -- it may spill. If your toilet bowl is free of chemical disinfectants, leave the toilet seat up to provide animals with one more source of water, but do not let that be the only source.
- Leave out at least 10 days' supply of dry food. Canned food will go rancid quickly.
- If you can't get to your home, contact a reliable neighbor or friend to check on the animals and get them out, if possible. Provide specific instructions on care.