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photos courtesy of Kinship Circle, Japan 2011

Kinship Circle’s Courtney Chandel feeds and comforts a dog outside a no-pets evacuation center in Rikuzentakatashi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

dogs we saw, a cat who darted into the shadows, and for many others who were too traumatized to come out tonight. There really is no other call than the one letting an evacuated family know their beloved companion is alive. There were tears from Non’s family again. Only this time, they were tears of relief and triumph. 30 Really Is the New 20 Non was reunited with his family. What could have been a tragic and heartbreaking homecoming was supplanted by a joyful away-from-home family reunion! However, the saga in Japan continues. Since March 26 until the end of July, Kinship Circle Animal Rescue teams have rescued and fed animals up and down the affected areas of the coast without stopping for a breath. “Two disaster phases overlap now,” says Kinship Circle executive director Brenda Shoss. “We are in emergency sheltering mode for animal victims of the earthquake and tsunami. But for the radiation part, it’s as if someone keeps hitting the rewind button on ‘crisis.’ Each time evacuations empty

a district, the area is police barricaded under nuclear emergency law. The 20-kilometer zone, fully sealed since the end of April, can be an animal death sentence. Many farmed and companion animals are trapped without food, water or care. They die from dehydration at a faster rate than starvation.” Since Non’s rescue, the 20-kilometer zone has been expanded in many areas to an alarming 30-kilometer zone. Back to the Future In some areas, the zone will even have been expanded to 50 kilometers! This will mean certain demise for many animals trapped in the zones. To find out what actions you can take today to help animals avoid this fate, please visit to help us continue our work to assist where it is needed the most.  Also, like many “underdog” agencies, we need support to keep our many operations going and to continue our work in animal disaster response, investigative and research campaigns, humane education, and many other programs. Because as we know, if we all don’t do it, who will?

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ourtney Chandel is a Registered Nurse who has been rescuing animals in and around New York City for nearly 15 years. After experiencing the tremendous outpouring of support from all over the world and from other states after September 11th, she began her national and international disaster rescue avocation starting with two deployments to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, she has returned to Louisiana to respond to Hurricane Gustav and Rita, and has deployed to Chile following the 2010 earthquake and tsunami there. She has made two response deployments to Japan in the spring of 2011. She has received the “Golden Heart Award” and “Key to the City of New Orleans” from the Humane Society of Louisiana for her rescue response following Hurricane Katrina and following this, she received a Proclamation for “Outstanding New Yorkers” from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, designating August 22 as “Courtney Chandel day throughout the Borough of Manhattan.” Between deployments she performs difficult rescues at home in New York City by using skills learned from being in extreme situations during disasters.

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