Joplin Tornado Pet Adopt-a-thon

Nearly 600 cats and dogs looking for permanent homes during major pet adoption event June 25 – 26.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Joplin Humane Society are hosting a major adoption event for nearly 600 animals that lost their homes during the May 22 tornado that tore through Joplin.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, June 25 and June 26; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Emergency Animal Shelter located next to the Joplin Humane Society (140 E. Emperor Lane, Joplin, MO 64801)
HOW: Potential adopters should bring with them one government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID) and proof of address.

Over the past week, the number of people coming to the emergency shelter to look for and claim lost pets has dwindled.  “After a month of housing and caring for the animal victims of this disaster, our focus now is on finding loving homes for the remaining cats and dogs,” says Joplin native Tim Rickey, the ASPCA’s senior director of Field Investigations and Response. “We hope people from across the country will open their hearts and give them a second lease on life.”

Adoption fees are being waived for this event, and adoptable animals will be spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and provided an ID tag free of charge. Additionally, all the dogs have been evaluated by the ASPCA animal behavior team to assess temperament and personality in order to make the best possible match with potential adopters.

Both agencies are lining up other activities as well, such as tours of the ASPCA Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit, a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools as well as medical equipment tailored for animal patients. In addition, the Missouri Emergency Response Service team will conduct large animal rescue demonstrations and there will be food, music and other family-friendly activities.

For more information on the weekend adopt-a-thon and adoption application form, please visit the Joplin Humane website or the Joplin Humane Facebook page.

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