(PRWEB) March 30, 2011
Jesse Willms, a well-known local entrepreneur and philanthropist, has donated $1,000 to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support and is encouraging others to follow in his footsteps.
“The devastating events of the last two weeks have not only hurt the people of Japan,” Willms said. “It has also left tens of thousands of dogs, cats and other pets injured, displaced and homeless. These creatures cannot survive without our help. We owe it to our furry friends to do what we can.”
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support is a coalition of three groups: HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and the Japan Cat Network. All three groups have been helping animals in Japan for years before the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents struck the island nation earlier this month.
The groups have come together in order to find the best ways to take care of cats, dogs and other pets whose lives have been put at risk due to the series of natural disasters.
“They have a strict no-kill policy,” Willms said. “Their goal is to provide medical treatment to injured animals and to find homes for animals who have gotten lost, or whose caregivers have been critically injured or killed. These animals are very vulnerable and may not survive without the work of Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support.”
Willms is a well-known member of the Edmonton business community. In addition to running a full-time marketing company, he is always seeking new ways to contribute his time and effort into helping various charities (http://www.jessewillmsreview.com/).
While watching television last summer, he was inspired by the words of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to find ways to give back to the community. Since then, he has donated a generous amount of his funds and hours of his time to local, national and international non-profit organizations.
“I am a strong believer in helping vulnerable communities,” Willms said. “Whenever disaster strikes, I try to figure out what I can do to help. And I have always been an animal lover – which is why I have spent a good deal of time supporting the Edmonton Humane Society and the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund.”
Willms said he hoped other people would be inspired by his efforts and donate money to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue And Support as well.
“Even if you can't afford to make a donation, you can take a minute to tell your friends, family members and co-workers about their efforts in Japan,” Willms said. “Building awareness for their cause is a great way to help them garner the resources they need to succeed.”