Six months after the tornado that destroyed a significant portion of Joplin MO, many pets are still without permanent homes. Some are living on the streets; some are at the Joplin Humane Society. Though the big adoption event held by JHS a month after the tornado was a huge success, more displaced animals need homes now. In addition to lost pets, there are animals left behind when their families left the area, and animals whose families have not yet been able to put their lives back together after losing everything. Many families remain in temporary housing where they are not allowed to keep their pets.
Animal advocates accustomed to dealing with disaster situations say that a second wave of displaced animals is common, and that is why JHs is seeing an increase in animals needing home at a time of year when there are normally fewer. Shelter manager Lysa Buehler said “I spoke with a member of the ASPCA and he told me it’s not that unusual … I think we can attribute it to the transitional situation here in Joplin.”
One way that people can help these pets is by sponsoring an animal at JHS. Sponsored pets are made available for adoption at no charge, other than $10 for microchipping. Ms. Buehler notes, “No matter where you are at in the country you can choose to sponsor a pet, essentially paying the adoption fee. Then we can offer that animal as a fee waived adoption for adopters.” JHS would like to see each of animals adopted into new homes by Christmas Eve. They are looking for adopters along with sponsors.
Anyone interested can contact the Joplin Humane Society. Contact info can be found at the site.
Part 2 of this set of posts on helping Joplin’s displaced pets, to be published soon, is about how you can help those feeding, fostering, trapping and trying to reunite the cats who remain lost and have not gone to the JHS shelter.