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OAARS Calls for help with animal crisis

Date Posted: 2006-02-16

Recently, an Okinawan family was found to be housing over 80 small puppies and dogs at their residence. Local authorities were contacted regarding the crowded and unsanitary living conditions of the animals.

Authorities have granted the family an opportunity to begin placing the animals in foster homes or permanent adoptive homes until the end of March. The family has asked for assistance from WISH, an Okinawan-based animal rescue/education group. WISH, in turn, has asked for assistance from The Okinawan American Animal Rescue Society, OAARS. The two organizations are working in collaboration to assist these unfortunate dogs and puppies.

According to BreAnn Constantineau, OAARS Secretary, “This is exactly what we’re about… we’re here to help animals.” OAARS has currently rescued and re-homed over 200 animals. “We have a wonderfully dedicated, small group of volunteers and foster families,” said Constantineau. If you are interested in fostering or adopting any of these animals, please go to www.oaars.com.

“The conditions that these animals have been living in are appalling. The cages are small, the animals are crowded. They’re all so thin,” pronounced Constantineau.

OAARS is looking for more assistance and involvement. “Especially with such a large group of animals needing immediate care, we need all the support we can get,” Constantineau mentioned. OAARS is accepting monetary donations. “In order to continue providing care and assistance to stray and abandoned animals, we also need dog crates/carriers, leashes/collars, toys, food, blankets, bleach, and disposable gloves,” said Constantineau.

Most of the adult dogs available for adoption or fostering are between 11-17 lbs. According to WISH, most of the animals have not yet been vaccinated. However, they will receive their first set of vaccinations prior to being placed with a foster or permanent family.

Many of the animals that OAARS has rescued in the past have been sent to a no-kill shelter in the United States. “Our partnership with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, in Virginia, has been invaluable” stated Liz Rouse, OAARS President. “We have been able to send numerous animals to their no-kill shelter until a permanent home could be found” said Rouse. The partnership with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue has allowed OAARS to continue saving the stray and abandoned animals of Okinawa.

The partnership that OAARS has with WISH and Lost Dog & Cat Rescue is proof positive that a group of dedicated people can make a difference. “The animal situation on Okinawa is heartbreaking. There are so many stray and abandoned animals here. We’re doing everything we can to help reduce those numbers and to improve the quality of life for animals on Okinawa” reflected Constantineau.

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