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.
Thank you! With your support our grants team was just able to launch the ASPCA Disaster Fund to help shelters and other animal welfare groups affected by or responding to the recent storms.
“After our Field Investigations and Response Team witnessed firsthand the incredible devastation, we wanted to offer additional aid,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The ASPCA Disaster Fund will provide critical resources to help these local groups protect and care for animals in their communities.”
Thank You, Rachael Ray! As part of the relief effort, TV personality Rachael Ray, with her dog food line Nutrish and her philanthropic initiative Rachael’s Rescue, has pledged her support with a really generous contribution of both funds and pet food.
“I am a huge lover of animals, and I simply can’t bear the thought of them homeless, hungry and in need of care,” says Rachael Ray. “One of the main factories where our Nutrish Just 6 treats are manufactured is located in Joplin, so this tragedy has really hit home and we knew we needed to spring into action and help. I’m so happy I could join the incredible efforts already underway by the ASPCA in helping families find their pets and care for animals in their community—we started Nutrish and Rachael’s Rescue for this very purpose.”
Take Action! If your local shelter is in need of emergency funding, learn more about applying for an ASPCA Disaster Fund grant today. Want to help? The ASPCA relies on the continued support of our members to provide these vital services. Please text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 to our disaster relief efforts!