Joplin Adopt-A-Thon A Huge Success

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 3:00pm

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 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.