Joplin Update: Reunions Begin as Support Pours In

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 2:30pm

As Joplin copes with the aftermath of the most lethal single tornado on record, the ASPCA’s emergency response team continues to work tirelessly to rescue and shelter affected animals. More than 350 animals have been brought—most by their families—to the temporary shelter we’re operating in conjunction with the Joplin Humane Society.

Things are starting to look brighter for these animals. By Thursday morning, more than 60 had been reunited with their families! On Wednesday, even as the threat of more severe weather loomed, 20 pets went home in just one hour. Says ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey, a Joplin native: “It was a wonderful day.”

Our work is not yet done, and none of it would be possible without generous donations from our members, supply providers like PetSmart Charities and other in-state groups, and countless compassionate volunteers. On Wednesday alone, 150 volunteers arrived at our shelter to help, and we put them to work right away. And shelters around Missouri continue to accept adoptable animals from Joplin.

Says Rickey, “The outpouring of support from the community, the state and elsewhere has been exceptional.”

Please help us support the animal victims of recent disasters in the South and Midwest. Text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 today!