Animal Hero [Giving Tuesday] & Mr. Matumura

I wanted to share a powerful story with you on Giving Tuesday. It’s about an Animal hero who sacrifices his own health and well-being to help animals when no one else would.

Do you remember the terrible tsunami that caused a power plant meltdown in Japan that caused a nearby town to flee permanently. Well the towns animals were left behind.

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. ~ Wikipedia

Animal Hero Mr. Matumura

animal hero Mr. Matumur

When the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown struck in Japan’s Fukushima , thousands of people evacuated the area, including Mr. Matsumura. He went south to stay with family, but because of radiation contamination concerns, his family turned him away.

He eventually found a refugee camp, but they were overcrowded and provisions sparse, and so Mr. Matsumura decided to go home and check on his family’s farm in Tomioka.

animal hero dogHe found a completely bleak and abandoned area, except for the pets and livestock who were left behind. Instead of letting them starve, he decided to continue living in this town alone and feed the animals despite the radioactive environment.

The animals of Fukushima he cares for are many: dogs, cats, cows, ducks, ostrich, pigs, and a pony. One of the animals he rescued was a dog who had been trapped inside a cattle barn for a year and a half. It only survived by eating the flesh of cattle that had starved to death. When Mr. Matsumura rescued it, most of its fur had fallen out, but with his loving care the dog has made a remarkable recovery. ~Huffington Post

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A crowdfunding campaign was started for him to afford the food and is still ongoing for him here: which has raised almost $14,000 to date.

We’d like animal lovers to resonate with this story in hopes that they are inspired to make their own cause come to light.