In the wake of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, dogs, cats and countless other pets have been injured or separated from their owners. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says they are in position and helping to arrange food, shelter and reunions between the animals and their owners. You can help them assist the animals hurt by the Joplin tornado as you’ll see in a moment.
According to a statement issued by the ASPCA, many of the dogs and cats rescued so far are suffering from lacerations, broken bones and eye injuries that appear to have been caused by the storm. In an update, the non-profit explained that more than 350 animals have been sheltered so far at a location normally operated by the Joplin Humane Society. It added, by 26 May, more than 60 pets were reunited with their families.
The sad truth is there may be dogs and cats that no longer have human families alive to reunite. During a report on ABC World News Tonight, a spokesman said that if the pets are not returned to their original owners, they will act to find new homes for the pets. The implication being that these animals would not face euthanasia, which was nice to hear.
Who To Contact
According to the ASPCA, residents wishing to report lost pets or rescue needs should contact the Joplin Humane Society at (+1 417) 623-3642.
How To Help
The ASPCA says that to support the animal victims of recent disasters in the South and Midwest you can text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 today!