21 June 2011

Hundreds of pets still need homes after Joplin tornado

The May 22, Joplin tornado not only destroyed the lives of many humans, but the lives of their pets as well. Approximately 900 animals that were once part of a family now reside at the Joplin Humane Society, in hopes that someone will adopt them.

The Joplin Humane Society is confident that each dog and cat will find a new home, and in hopes to kick off the adoption process, they plan to have an "Adopt-a-thon" this upcoming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26.

Animals who haven't been claimed will be spayed or neutered, and will be given the opportunity to go home with someone new, since sadly, most families affected by the Joplin tornado are unable to care for their pets. There will be no adoption fee for any of the animals, and adoptees will know what a wonderful thing they have done.

Even though most of the pet's previous owners are unable to care for their animals, the Humane Society has worked hard to get the word out, in hopes that original owners will still come to claim their pets. "We feel we've exhausted every avenue to get the word out," Executive Director Karen Aquino said in an AP interview. "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."

Since the 900 extra Humane Society inhabitants require additional living space, two nearby vacant warehouses with air-conditioned kennels currently house the displaced animals.

Also over 100 volunteers from around the country fled to Joplin to lend a hand to ensure that each animal receives the love and care that it deserves.

Thankfully, none of the animals will be euthanized, even if they don't get adopted.

Aquino explained that if needed, the Humane Society will begin looking at rescue organizations, or transfer the animals to larger cities where their chances of adoption are higher.

If you're from the Joplin area, if at all possible, please head to the Joplin Humane Society this weekend and adopt an animal in need. The animals are surely missing their owners, and deserve a second chance at living a happy, carefree life with a new family.

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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