March 15, 2011 07:00 PM

We’ve all seen the horrifying coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan last week – now it’s time stop watching and start doing. Easy ways to help the animals affected by the tragedy are just a few clicks away. Give what you can and spread the word!

1. The non-profit group Animal Refuge Kensai (ARK), which has facilities in Tokyo and Osaka, is accepting as many animals affected by the quake as they can – but they need funds to care for them and find them homes. You can donate to their efforts via your Pay Pal account.

2. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation of Ojai, Calif., has deployed six pairs of disaster search teams to find survivors in Ofunato City, Japan, all at the cost of $15,000 per pair. Help them continue their lifesaving work by donating.

3. Three animal welfare groups in Japan (the HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network) have joined forces to help rescue animals and provide shelter space and care for animals in crisis following the disaster. The coalition is called the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue, and they’ve raised over $27,000 so far. Join their Facebook group and donate to keep their efforts going.

4. The U.S.-based non-profit, American Humane, set up a relief fund after the disaster. Your donation to them will help shelter and care for displaced animals.

5. World Vets is currently coordinating relief efforts for the animal victims in Japan. They’re sending supplies and preparing a group of first-responders to provide immediate aid on the ground – but they still need your help to make it all happen. Donate any amount via their website.

6. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network has set up a fund that will be used to send supplies to animal rescue groups who are saving lives in Japan. “Like” their group on Facebook and donate.

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