As we know, a monstrous tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people, families, pets and rescue workers in Joplin.
Penny Eims, a Dog News Examiner for Examiner.com (National) posted a lost and found pets update just hours ago. Click here to see her article about helping Joplin pets following the tornado. She reports many pets need temporary housing and others are lost, searching for their families. She also shares the link to the newly created Facebook page Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, MO Tornado. She reports the Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption & Resource Center also has their own Facebook page to help pets and their families. Right now, this group is having some difficulty with telephone access, so rely on their Facebook page if you need to reach them. All lost and found pets in Joplin should be posted on both Facebook pages for maximum exposure. At present, there appears to be an immediate need to find shelter for all pets impacted in Joplin, perhaps even temporary foster housing. Take a minute to visit both sites to learn more about how you can help. Please also visit a third, yet equally important site - Winter Paws Artic Breed Rescue. They’re a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of endangered, purebred Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes in southwest Missouri. The following message is posted on their site:
We are requesting anyone who can temporarily foster a displaced dog please contact us at 417-773-6014 or email email@example.com. Let us know the specifics on what type of animal you can take and all your contact information. We would like to give Joplin Humane Society a list of available foster that can help in the coming days. Officials in Joplin are asking that individuals do not self-deploy to volunteer right now. We are also gathering supplies to take to the JHS. They are in need of pet food, cat litter, bedding, crates and cardboard soda flat boxes for litter pans. You can also visit their Facebook page for updates on their needs. For monetary donations, please visit the Joplin Humane Society’s website.
If you need to email Winter Paws, the director of that organization has provided her personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know specifics as to how many animals you can foster, what kind, gender, size, address, phone, etc. Be sure to let her know your city and state. Some organizations wisely limit foster efforts to certain geographic areas so they can ensure a pet’s safety and check-in on pets as needed.
On the people front, click here to see this new U.S.A. Today article on how you can help. According to their article, the Red Cross estimates 75% of the town is gone. They also mention the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center is indicating the Joplin twister was one of 68 reported tornadoes across seven Midwestern states over the weekend, stretching from Oklahoma to Wisconsin. Following is a listing of ways to help, as suggested in the article:
The Community Foundation of Kansas City has created two funds to pool donations, which you can make donations to online – the Joplin Missouri Disaster Relief Fund and the Reading Kansas Disaster Relief Fund. Community Foundation staff will perform the due diligence to ensure that grants from both funds are awarded to organizations addressing the immediate needs of the victims of the tornadoes, such as providing food, shelter and medical care/supplies. If you would like to donate with your credit card, please call 816-842-7444.
Convoy of Hope’s disaster response team has been in contact with emergency management officials to determine how best they can assist with responding to the disaster. The first truckload of essential supplies such as water, snacks and ready-to-eat meals was transported this morning to the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. More supplies will be following as Convoy of Hope works with local emergency officials to determine what locations and products will best serve the response. Those wanting to help can make a secure online donation at www.convoyofhope.org or can make a $10 text donation by texting the word, CONVOY to 50555. Standard message and date rates apply.
The Salvation Army is providing emergency relief services to survivors and first responders of the Joplin tornado. The Army has mobilized four feeding units in impacted areas of the city and are offering food and beverages. The organization is also providing relief services in other impacted cities that were hit by tornadoes over the weekend, including: Minneapolis, MN; Reading, KS; and Grove and Ketchum, OK. There are four ways to help:
- Text the word “Joplin” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Joplin Tornado Relief
- On-line at: www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org
- By mail: Send your check to:
Joplin Tornado Relief
The Salvation Army
Kansas City, MO 64111
Please let us know if we can help lost pets and their families in Joplin with our website: www.lostandfoundpetsamerica.com. Thank you for supporting our site and those sites now helping lost and found pets in Joplin. I know together, we salute them!