31 May 2011

Humane Society of Missouri works to rescue pets after devastating tornadoes in Joplin

For a community still reeling from the devastation caused by the tornadoes in Joplin, MO last week, some have found consolation in their family pets being found and returned to them.

The tireless work by the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) Disaster Response Team has meant that many scared, trapped or injured animals that would otherwise perish have been located and taken to safety.

The organization has also been working alongside the Red Cross to provide emergency shelter for displaced people that will allow them to remain with their pets. So far, more than 200 animals have been helped by the HSMO team.

The following video shows the 23 person HSMO Disaster Response Team searching through rubble for displaced animals, responding to rescue requests from evacuees, transporting animals to safety and even delivering found companion animals to emergency shelters.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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