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For Japanese Pet Owners, Home is Where Their Pets Are
For some the tsunami and earthquake in Japan not only displaced family members but also the family pets. Some owners were happy to be reunited with their pets while others were waiting to have them checked for radiation. 
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Dog and Owner

March 18: Akane Ito embraces her dog Mei at an evacuation center in Natori near Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Mei was returned to her today, seven days after she went missing following the earthquake triggered tsunami on March 11.

 

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Dog and Owner

March 18: A woman sits with her dog at an evacuation center in Natori near Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

 

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Dog Gets Checked for Radiation

March 16: A woman holds her dog as they are scanned for radiation at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

 

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Dog and Owner Wait to be Scanned for Radiation

March 16: A man holds his dog as they wait to be scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

 

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Small Dog Gets Checked for Radiation

March 17: A dog receives a radiation exposure scanning in Koriyama, northern Japan after Friday's earthquake and tsunami. 

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Woman Holds Her Dog

March 16: A woman holds her dog as they are scanned for radtiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. 

 

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Dog Takes a Rest

March 14: A family takes a rest with their pet dog at a shelter at Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. 

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Man's Best Friend

March 14: A woman holding her dog reacts after evacuating following a tsunami warning in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast.

 

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Dog and Owner Moved

March 14: A woman with her pet dog and belongings pauses on the way from her devastated area in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. 

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A Man Holds His Dog

March 13: A man holds his dog as they are scanned for levels of radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Friday's quake and tsunami damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant in the prefecture, and at least one of the appeared to be going through a partial meltdown, raising fears of a radiation leak. 

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A Dog and its Family

March 17: A woman and her son eat food as her dogs sit around them at an evacuation center for pets and their owners near an area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan.

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Relief for Pets

Ashley Fruno and a volunteer pack up to start delivering goods to tsunami animal victims in Japan. 

Dog and Owner

This relief recipient stayed in her house for three days because she did not want to abandon her dog after the tsunami devastated the areas of Japan. 

For Japanese Pet Owners, Home is Where Their Pets Are

For some the tsunami and earthquake in Japan not only displaced family members but also the family pets. Some owners were happy to be reunited with their pets while others were waiting to have them checked for radiation. 

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