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How To Help 900 Pets Left Homeless After Joplin Tornado

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The May 22nd tornado that tore through Joplin, Missouri killed 153 people and has left almost 900 pets homeless.

The animals became separated from their owners in the tornadoes aftermath, and the Joplin Humane Society is now housing them all. In spite of the massive overflow, the animal shelter is determined to find adoptive homes, and is planning an “Adopt-a-thon” over the weekend of June 25-26. During that time the rescue facility will be giving away cats and dogs to worthy parents, and spaying and neutering the pets as well.

In terms of trying to return the pets to their original owners, the facility feels they have done all in their power to make it happen. “We feel we’ve exhausted every avenue to get the word out,” said Executive director Karen Aquino. “We’ve placed 250 yard signs. We have posters at food and donation distribution points, public service announcements on radio and TV, ads in the newspaper — everything we could think of to let people know their pets might be here if they’re missing.”

Currently the extra animals are being housed in temporary facilities— two vacant warehouses next to the shelter that have been outfitted with air conditioners.

The great part of all this is that Aquino made it clear that if homes aren’t immediately found for the pets, they won’t face euthanization. “If all of them aren’t adopted, we’ll start looking to rescue organizations and ways to get some of them to larger cities where they have a better chance at adoption,” she stated.

Over 100 volunteers from all over the country have been helping to keep the animals comfortable by cleaning cages, providing exercise and affection, and tending to their veterinary needs.

The Adopt-a-Thon is being held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25th and 26th, so if you live close by and are looking for a pet, please click here for more information on how you can become an adoptive parent!

Via Huffington Post

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