Joplin Humane Society Sponsorship Program in the Spotlight

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Joplin Humane Society’s successful cat and dog sponsorship program, begun in response to the extended aftermath for homeless pets following the May 22, 2011 tornado, is featured in a new NBC News report.

Many cats and dogs were displaced by the deadly tornado, and a second wave needed rehoming months later, as uprooted families found housing or shelter where they were unable to take their pets, or were otherwise unable to care for them.

We posted on the program last November, in Helping Joplin’s displaced pets as winter nears, and are pleased to see it back in the spotlight. The program has been very useful in helping lost tornado cats to get placed for adoption through an arrangement between the cat caretakers/rescuers and JHS. When displaced tornado cats are trapped and their owners cannot be found, some are placed and have been adopted through JHS. Sponsorship is a growing trend in shelters across the US.

In addition to the sponsorship program, professional quality adoption photos, and an active dog transport program both aid in JHS’s effort to rehome the tornado ravaged city’s homeless cats and dogs. The shelter is holding a Pet-a-Palooza event this weekend.


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