745 Pets Adopted!


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?


William C
William C5 months ago

Thank you for caring.

W. C
W. C5 months ago

Great, thanks for the article.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago


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Akin Adelakun6 years ago

Thank you for the info.

Tamara  .
Tamara Terry6 years ago

Hi Kristina,

I rescued kitties here in California. Mainly feral kitties and pay for them to be "speutered", vetted, etc and we adopt some out, but lately been sanctuarying them because they are all related - caught the head matriarch in late 2009 and she's the Mom of two sister Mom's and 10 kittens I rescued in August/Sept 2008. I belong to a Yahoo Feral cat group and everyone on there always recommends reading "Nathan Winograd's books" for a "No Kill Nation." Unfortunately, I haven't had time to read them yet, but those might help with a research paper on pet overpopulation.

Good luck and thanks for caring so much about all these causes! I love the kitties more than people lately because they don't talk back..usually. I've seen a feral cat turn from a scary, bitting, swatting, hissing, grunting unfixed male kitty into a mushy lovebug and they love to be loved, but so many people think they are less than a tame domesticated cat when many of them had homes at one time when they were little kitties. Our kitties get to watch DVDs all day- Finding Nemo, Stuart Little, Cat and Dogs, Open Season, etc. They are spoiled rotten and love being cared for. I wish more people would adopt pets, rescue cats and dogs, etc.


Bruce S.
Bruce S6 years ago

Great News!

Kristina S.
Kristina S6 years ago

This was a great article about how some animals found homes. I just can't seem to ever forget that millions of beautiful animals are euthanized or abused or abandoned every year. I have struggles with realizing that I can't save all of them. I feel drawn to animals more than people lately. People fail and destroy, but animals just simply are what they are. I am doing a research paper at my college about pet overpopulation. I don't believe in breeding pets. Humans domesticated animals and thus we should be responsible for their welfare. If anyone has any professional insight to help me with my paper it would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I can get some attention....I hope these pets mentioned in this article truly do find amazing homes and much deserved love! =)

Susan S.
Susan S6 years ago

People do come through, especially during a crisis. Thanks for the encouraging news story.

Phyllis C.
Phyllis C.6 years ago

Now let's empty out the shelters all across the country. It can be done. And now we have proof. I rescue all the time here in Atlanta because a life is always of value. Please people, adopt don't shop and for heavens sake spay and neuter your pets.

Renato G.
Renato G6 years ago

Bravissimo ... it made my night ... Tks for sending ... I've signed alredy .....