A terrier who survived the tornado waits it out with help from the Joplin Humane Society and the ASPCA.

JOPLIN, MO – A chocolate lab who washed into a storm drain lost all her toenails desperately trying to claw out from the rising water. Another dog is wandering the streets with deep lacerations from flying glass still embedded in her side. These are just two pets whose post-tornado circumstances have changed for the better this week, thanks to well-organized animal rescue organizations mobilized in Joplin.

Approximately 600 pets have been rescued following the tornado that devastated the Missouri town, which is said to be the biggest in the nation’s history.

With the help of the Joplin Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more than 120 people have reunited with their four-legged family members.

Still, a larger percentage of pets remain unclaimed. But as word gets out that many animals survived the twister, more people are showing up for joyful reunions with their pets.

Lost pets are being brought to the Humane Society by the organization’s volunteers and citizens who are helping out. Rescued animals wait for their families in one of three donated warehouses, where they are given vaccines, medical attention, food and a secure place to sleep.

“If the guardians who are reunited can take them, they do. If they can’t, we’ll take care of them until they can,” said Karen Aquino, head of the Joplin Humane Society.

“Very few families are choosing to relinquish their pets,” Aquino told Global Animal. “They are sometimes all they have left.”

The ASPCA showed up in force in Joplin following the disaster to aid in rescue, feeding and medical care of animals victimized by the tornado.  The organization has committed to staying at least a month. The ASPCA is looking at implementing a 14-day window for people to identify their pets before moving to the adoption process; they are also considering reaching out to local foster networks to help house rescued pets.

This week, Global Animal Foundation gave $2,500 to the Joplin Humane Society on behalf of readers who donated to animal rescue in the Deep South. The Humane Society’s Karen Aquino said the donations from Global Animal readers will be allocated to medical supplies, vaccines, and free veterinarian care for Joplin’s lost and injured pets.

CLICK HERE: To donate to help animals affected by the Joplin tornado

 

Lost dogs being brought in to the emergency shelter in Joplin, MO. Photo credit: Joplin Humane Society
One of 120 (and counting) reunions: A smiling Kathy McDonald leaves the rescue center with her five-year-old pit bull mix, Sophia Marie.
Rescued dogs are given food, medical care and a clean place to sleep. Photo: Joplin Humane Society 
Kittens are safe at the AARC Emergency Pet Shelter. Photo credit- Joplin Humane Society
ASPCA in Joplin, MO. Photo credit: Joplin Humane Society
Joplin’s AARC Emergency Animal Shelter. Photo credit: Joplin Humane Society

— Arthur Jeon, Global Animal

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15 COMMENTS

  1. I am posting my art and other things on ebay and ebid.net to raise money to help Joplin Humane Society as they care for animal victims  in the tornado.  They know I am doing this so this is not a hoax.  Look up my auctions on ebay under EsbeeArt or Joplin tornado. 

  2. Lost cats in tornado at 25th and Kentucky.. one large calico primary colors blk and orange female she would be very matted and one smaller female grey blk tiger, both are spayed.

    417-540-4240
    Cory

  3. Lost cats in tornado at 25th and Kentucky.. one large calico primary colors blk and orange female she would be very matted and one smaller female grey blk tiger, both are spayed.

    417-540-4240
    Cory

    • I think 2 weeks is ample time for someone to come looking for their pet. I know that if this happened to me and my dog was out there somewhere, there is NO WAY I would wait 14 days before going to look for him. No way.

      You also have to take into account that the ASPCA can’t afford to pay for all of these animals for the next 6 months.

    • Two weeks is ample time for someone to come to the shelter to locate their pets.  The ASPCA is here on a temporary disaster response basis and plans on turning the job of locating homes for the displaced pets over to the Joplin Humane Society (AARC) when they leave on or around June 17.  The Joplin Humane Society does a wonderful job with the resources they have.  Every effort is made to find homes for each animal by posting photos on Petfinder, taking animals to Petsmart, having booths and animals at every possible special event in Joplin, etc.  Also, keep in mind that some of the animals picked up were most likely strays who no longer had shelter in which to hide.

  4. I think its great what you are doing , It breaks my heart that these pets are without there owners I have three dogs if this were ever to happen to me I would hope someone like these people would step in untill I could find my way back to my pets

  5. I think its great what you are doing , It breaks my heart that these pets are without there owners I have three dogs if this were ever to happen to me I would hope someone like these people would step in untill I could find my way back to my pets

  6. This is really good work these guys are doing. Very impressive. 🙂
    There is one thing I do wonder about though. I think it should be longer than 14 days before a pet is available for adoption. What if some of their owners are in hospital & haven’t been able to look for/claim them yet? Or any other situation like that.

    • I agree with you Annie about it should be longer then the 14 days before a pet is process for adoption. This is were it is VERY important for foster familes to be found and used before they set them up for adoption. OTHERWISE they are doing a WONDERFUL job with all the rescue pets.