Adopt a Pet from Joplin, Missouri

June 18th, 2011

Almost 600 pets in Joplin, Missouri need loving homes.

You can stop by the Adopt-a-thon for Tornado Pets on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to potentially take home your new companion.

The event will be held at the Emergency Animal Shelter located next to the Joplin Humane Society at 140 E. Emperor Lane, Joplin, Missouri 64801.

Potential adopters should bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID, as well as proof of address.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Joplin Humane Society are hosting the adoption event to help provide homes to the hundreds of animals that have been displaced since the tornado struck Joplin on May 22. The ASPCA provided emergency shelter for nearly 1,300 animals, but almost 600 dogs and cats remain unclaimed.

The 14-day holding period was doubled in an effort to reunite as many people with their pets as possible. In the last week, few people have entered the emergency shelter to claim lost pets. It’s now time to move forward with finding homes for the remaining pets.

“Having suffered and survived a disaster of this magnitude and spending weeks in a temporary shelter, these animals have demonstrated an incredible level of resilience and are more than ready for the comforts of a permanent home,” says Joplin native Tim Rickey, the ASPCA’s senior director of Field Investigations and Response.

Special benefits at this adoption event:

  • Adoption fees are being waived.
  • Animals will be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and provided an ID tag free of charge.
  • Dogs have been evaluated by the ASPCA animal behavior team to assess temperament and personality, helping to make the best match with adopters.

Find out more about the Joplin Adopt-a-thon on Joplin Humane Society Facebook page and at the Joplin Humane Society website.

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