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Having engaged in pet support activities after the Kumamoto earthquakes in 2016 and on other occasions, I realized that securing places where owners and pets can feel at ease is an issue to be resolved. Setting up animal evacuation shelters is one way we can reduce disaster damage for humans and pets.


Kensuke Kato, an associate professor of social psychology at the Kyushu University of Health and Welfare who takes part in discussions for the establishment of animal evacuation shelters. A nonprofit organization authorized by the Gifu Municipal Government in central Japan is pushing a project to establish evacuation shelters for pets across Japan, where people can leave their buddies in the event of a disaster.

© Mainichi Shimbun

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