After this miserable event in Japan I was very grateful to the people of Japan that they considered animals as worth rescuing.
During hurricane Katrina in the US in 2005, rescue workers told evacuees that they cannot bring their animals with them. Animals were excluded from worthy-of rescue by the authorities.
Therefore I am thankful to people of Japan that they include animals in their communities and respect their lives even in disaster. This is a good example how society generally treat animals.