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Animal activists in the U.S. are helping animal rescue in Japan

Across the Pacific and over the continents, people are finding ways to help animal rescue efforts in Japan, even if they live in the United States, according to a new report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

From University City, Brenda Shoss helps to coordinate animal rescue efforts in Japan while Sister Michael Marie, a veterinary technician, works for Shoss' organization in Japan.

Shoss uses Skype to reach the others working on animal rescue in the earthquake stricken country. About 40 people are volunteering in Japan, mostly from Canada and the United States.

Shoss, an animal activist, runs the group called Kinship Circle and says that many of the abandoned animals in Japan were left behind their owners had no choice.

"[One owner] thought she'd be able to go back and realized she couldn't. She was frantic," Shoss told the news source.

In the U.S., more than 77 million dogs are household pets, while 93 million cats have homes, according to the Humane Society. However, even in the U.S., the abandonment of animals is a problem and many shelters are looking for families to adopt a cat or dog.
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