This weekend was one of healing for thousands of Joplin residents who joined their neighbors to find homes for more than 700 animals displaced by last month’s tornado. By the end of day two of our adopt-a-thon at the Joplin Humane Society, all cats and dogs were happily ensconced in their new families’ arms.
We are truly humbled by the amazing generosity of our fellow animal lovers and volunteers and, most of all, the hard work and compassion of our colleagues at the Joplin Humane Society. But, of course, none of this weekend’s successes would have been possible without you—our supporters.
For that reason, we want to issue a big THANKS to all those who opened their hearts and homes to Joplin and its pets. Whether you traveled many miles to show your support or adopt an animal, or followed our blog, Facebook and Twitter updates, you truly made a difference.
Together we changed the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs and helped a community continue to recover its incredible spirit.
Please stay tuned to ASPCA.org in the coming days to read inspiring Joplin adoption stories and see many more photos of happy pets and their new families!
We are completely floored by the amazing outpouring of support at the first day of the adoption event at the Joplin Humane Society. Thanks to the generosity of pet lovers like you, and the inspiring resilience of Joplin’s residents, hundreds of pets left homeless by last month’s tornado are sleeping in new beds tonight.
In fact, as of this writing, more than 400 animals at our emergency shelter have been adopted. For the second day of the event on Sunday, June 26, we expect another 200 animals will be available. Remember though, even if you can't make it to Joplin, you can make just as meaningful an impact by adopting a pet from your local shelter. And we’re certain there are many sweet and lovable animals waiting patiently for forever homes in a shelter near you.
Pets just like the three-year-old Schnauzer and Lab puppy who were adopted by sisters Amanda and Stephanie Dooghe. The Dooghes’ grandmother—and her beloved dog—perished in the Joplin storm. The sisters decided to lend a helping hand at the adopt-a-thon and went home with these adorable new additions to their family—much to the delight of their kids!
Many thanks again to the amazing citizens of Joplin and the surrounding communities who came out in droves to adopt! Stay tuned to www.aspca.org/blog and @ASPCA on Twitter for additional coverage of the weekend’s events as well as stories and photos of hundreds of happy endings in the coming days.
In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, this guest blog is written by Lacy Paap, a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and proud pet parent of Smedley.
A seven-year-old orange tabby with dental disease, Smedley had been passed over for months at my local shelter. He didn't stand much of a chance. But for me, it was love at first rub.
As I sat down to pet a few of the cats, Smedley came right over and began to head butt me repeatedly. He then made himself cozy in my lap as if we'd already spent years together. At this point, no other cat stood a chance. This was my guy.
Today, this senior boy continues to give the best cat rubs you can imagine and spends every possible moment snuggling with me. He loves indiscriminately and has a surplus of adorable habits that charm everyone he meets.
Smedley is my feline soul mate, and he embodies the meaning of unconditional love. Take a chance on an older shelter cat—I'm so glad I did!
It’s no secret: Shelter cats get bored. What better way to keep them entertained than with a little nip? Crafting these easy-to-make toys is the perfect way for you (and your friends!) to feel good about helping homeless cats this summer. Did we mention it’s a kid-friendly project, too?
Gather Your Supplies: - New, infant- or child-size crew socks - Cotton balls or craft stuffing - Dried catnip - Non-toxic permanent markers - Non-toxic washable fabric glue
1. Stuff the toe of the sock with 1 tablespoon of dried catnip.
2. Next, stuff the foot of the sock with cotton balls or craft stuffing.
3. Squeeze fabric glue on the inside of the sock’s ribbing to glue the sock closed, or knot the top of the sock.