Helping Animal Survivors in Japan

Among the thousands of traumatized survivors of the natural disasters that struck Japan last week are countless numbers of pets and wild animals. A host of international humanitarian organizations are mobilizing efforts to help deliver food, shelter and medical attention to the human victims of the events. But the animal population also needs help to avoid unnecessary death and suffering.

The plight of animals left homeless and injured by the disasters is brought to light in a video distributed widely on the Internet via and Yahoo! News. The stark imagery and commentary in Japanese, which is translated into English in text beneath the clip, captures heartbreaking suffering, as well as the inspiring courage of one dog protecting another that’s been injured.

Residents of South Boston want to know what they can do to help. In partnership with other businesses and animal lovers in the community, the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate team has launched a drive to provide assistance to animal victims of the disasters in Japan. The group has set up an account for donations at Mount Washington Bank. In addition, JLRE is offering storage and shipping for relief supplies such as food and bedding, and has pledged to donate 1% of its total commissions from April to the cause. For more information about how you can help, call 617.269.6400.