One year on, still a lot of work to do.

One year has passed since the terrible tragedy of March 11th 2011 when an earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated huge areas of northeast Japan, destroying the lives of thousands of people and animals. It was a tragedy that affected all of us in some way. Here at ARK, when we are greeted by the earthquake dogs now safe and happy, we are reminded that the work to look after them must go on.

Elizabeth Oliver Awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

Rescue of Safe and Sound in Fukushima
News: ARK is proud to announce that Elizabeth Oliver has been awarded an MBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours List, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, in recognition of her services to animal welfare and civil society in Japan. The Honours List is published in the London Gazette and other UK national newspapers.

MBE stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [wikipedia] and is awarded to individuals by the Queen for their service to the country and community. The investiture ceremony is expected to take place in the autumn.

Elizabeth Oliver writes:

I am indeed honoured by this award from the Queen. But it is an award to be shared by all of you who have supported ARK over the past 20 years; our members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and our hard-working staff who take care of the animals on a daily basis. Thank you all. And last but not least a tribute to the animals who have enriched our lives, with their love and trust in us. I hope that animal welfare in Japan will continue to expand for the benefit of animals for many more years to come.

Puppy Mill

[Video courtesy PepiSmartDog, © 2012 ]
Protest: please help us close down this breeder. Why is a man who has a criminal record for the maltreatment of animals and who has contravened the Japanese Rabies law still able to carry on his cruel practices and to continue breeding and selling dogs? Please watch the video then contact the people who can do something about it read more...

Sasayama International Animal Welfare Centre Appeal!

News Flash! Wonderful news! Tange Associates, the famous architectural firm and designer of the spectacular Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Shinjuku has offered to donate its design services to ARK's new Sasayama animal shelter and sanctuary facility! Read more....
Help us build Japan's first International Animal Welfare Centre!  [ latest news... ]
Have your name recorded on a plaque for posterity for from just 10,000yen.
» Appeal From Elizabeth Oliver » Why we need it...
» Current status / Gallery... » 2012: What's to come
» About Sasayama » Sponsor or Donate : how you can help!
» Maps: where it is
Gallery: latest images from the Sasayama site...


ARK is still taking in animals made homeless from the TOHOKU-PACIFIC earthquake and tsunami as local refuges buckle under the strain. We expect the numbers to increase over the coming months. As this tragedy enters a new phase, your donations are still urgently needed.
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