745 pets found new homes during the ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society adopt-a-thon event on June 25 and 26. In an amazing outpouring of love and support, more than 5,700 people from 24 states rolled into Joplin, Mo. to adopt hundreds of animals in the aftermath of last month’s devastating tornado. Be sure to watch the ASPCA Joplin Adopt-a-Thon day 1 video to get a feeling of just how great this event really was.
“We’re completely floored by the amazing outpouring of support,” said Joplin native Tim Rickey, the ASPCA’s senior director of Field Investigations and Response. “Thanks to the generosity of these wonderful people, the animals left homeless by last month’s tornado are sleeping in new beds tonight.”
Responders worked around the clock since the May 23rd tornado to find homeless pets, and especially to reunite them with their owners when possible. During the shelter period the ASPCA provided emergency shelter for about 1300 animals, nearly 500 were reunited with their owners, while others were made available for adoption.
“The ASPCA is grateful for assistance from agencies across the country in helping us provide aid to rescued animals and making the adoption event a huge success,” added Rickey. Eighty-nine animal welfare agencies sent staff and volunteers throughout the operation to support the ASPCA’s disaster relief and emergency sheltering efforts.
“There are many sweet and lovable animals waiting patiently for forever homes in a shelter near you,” added Karen Aquino, executive director of Joplin Humane Society. “You can make just as meaningful an impact by adopting a pet from your local shelter.”
The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society thank the amazing citizens of Joplin and the surrounding communities who came out in droves to adopt! Stay tuned to www.aspca.org/blog and @ASPCA on Twitter for stories and photos of hundreds of happy endings in the coming days. The images are truly heart warming!
The Joplin Humane Society is currently in first place in Care2′s animal shelter contest. Have you voted for your favorite animal shelter yet?