In Joplin, 700+ tornado pets find homes in one amazing weekend


In one incredible weekend, Missouri’s Joplin Humane Society found homes for more than 700 pets displaced by the Joplin tornado.


Wendy fell in love with Max, a special-needs senior dog, at the JHS adoption event. (photo)

In a recent newsletter, JHS executive director Karen Aquino writes:

Our super-adoption event was a HUGE success, where an amazing 739 animals found loving homes this past weekend. A total of 390 dogs and 343 cats — and one ferret and five rabbits — were welcomed into loving homes in what we’re told is the biggest adoption event in the Midwest.

Since the May 22nd tornado, more than 1,300 animals displaced by the storm sought refuge at the Joplin Humane Society. After 500 pets were reunited with their families, the rest of these pets remained unclaimed. It was time to find families … and the families came with open arms!

An astonishing 5,000 people, representing 24 states, waited patiently in the heat to add a little love to their families. Each animal went home spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and with a new leash, collar and personalized ID tag.

Of course, JHS still needs your help. Karen writes, “A gift today can help us continue to rebuild and ensure that all these animals that continue to come through our doors are able to find the loving homes they deserve.” Read Karen’s full message about the adoption event now or watch a picture slide show of the rescue efforts.

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