Sunday, May 29, 2011
Joplin Animals Find Shelter at Humane Society
via Neosho Daily News - Dogs, cats, rabbits, parakeets, cockatiels, more than 30 chickens and a pot-bellied pig – animals of all kinds have found shelter at the Joplin Humane Society after the deadly tornado on May 22.
Approximately 500 animals have been brought to the temporary shelter set up by ASPCA next to the Humane Society’s new building.
With close to 100 staff, volunteers and a temporary shelter set up by the ASPCA, the Humane Society can house up to 1,200 animals, and they plan to dispense donated pet food and supplies to those affected by the tornado.
Calls started rolling in early Monday and a temporary shelter was set up later that day, opening to the public on Tuesday. Wednesday they took in nearly 250 animals. Many families have been reunited with their pets, but even if they cannot take their pets with them, it is important to identify them.
The Humane Society will look at a 14-day window to identify the pets before moving to the adoption process and may reach out to local foster networks to help house the animals. Members of the Neosho-based Faithful Friends Animal Advocates say they’re ready to step in when the temporary operation rolls out, but that moment has not come yet.
The shelter will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Organizers ask anyone who is sheltering a dog, but does not know its owner, to bring the dog to the shelter so it can be reunited with its family. Pets are also being listed at www.joplinhumanesociety.com.
Those reporting to the shelter are asked to bring as much identifying information as possible and a picture, if possible.
What you can do to help: Volunteers are needed to move supplies and clean cages. They can register at the Joplin Humane Society, but may be placed on a call list. Donations can be made online at www.joplinhumanesociety.com or in person at the Joplin Humane Society.
Written by Amye Buckley, Neosho Daily News
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