ASPCA Awards $100,000 Grant to Joplin Humane Society

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 4:00pm

This kitten was rescued in Joplin

In the wake of the devastating storm that demolished much of the community of Joplin, the ASPCA has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Joplin Humane Society to support its disaster relief and recovery efforts. The grant was presented in memory of Joplin Humane Society Executive Director Karen Aquino’s step-daughter, Rachel Markham, who perished in the disaster.

“Our thoughts are with Karen and all the people of Joplin who lost loved ones to this tragedy,” says Joplin native Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “The Joplin Humane Society is doing amazing work helping animals affected by the disaster, and we wanted to further support the organization with this grant.

ASPCA on the Ground in Joplin
On May 23, the ASPCA deployed to Missouri to lead emergency sheltering efforts of animals displaced by the tornado. Working closely with the Joplin Humane Society, nearly 850 animals have since been rescued—with more than 200 beloved pets being reunited with their families.

“My husband and I are humbled and touched by this gesture,” adds Aquino. “We are grateful to work with the ASPCA in our efforts to reunite pets with their families and help make them whole again.”

Please help us continue to support the animal victims of Joplin. Text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 today!