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New News: Lost and Found Pets in Joplin, the Joplin Humane Society and our Month of May Contest

| Uncategorized | June 3, 2011

Janice Lloyd, of USA Today, published a recent update on lost and found pets in Joplin, Missouri. Click here to see her article: Joplin Humane Society Rescues Pets. At the time the article was published, the Joplin Humane Society (JHS) had taken in over 300 lost pets after a devastating tornado ripped through that region. The pets were found in storm drains, along roadsides and under debris; some badly injured. In one day, the JHS sent 50 lost pets back home with their families. The article tells the story of one young family who lost their chocolate Lab, Samson, when the storm hit. Each day the family returned to their damaged home after the storm, looking for him. A family member put Samson’s ad on Craigslist; that led to the JHS finding the family after JHS workers found Samson in a storm drain. Following is a photo, published in the article, showing the happy reunion between family members and Samson. According to the article, the Executive Director for the shelter contacted both the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association for help; both sent emergency response personnel to assist. In doing so, the shelter’s work crew grew from 21 to 120 people.

In another USA  Today article by Janice Lloyd, published today, Ms. Lloyd tells how the Executive Director of JHS is still “on-the-job”, even though she lost her 31-year-old step daughter in the tornado that devastated Joplin. In today’s article, Rescuer Loses Family Member, Soldiers On , we learn the JHS has received a $100,000.00 grant from the ASPCA. We salute the Joplin Humane Society, its Executive Director and staff, the ASPCA and the American Humane Association for helping lost and found pets reunite with their families! This is extraordinary work by extraordinary people.

For other helpful links related to helping Joplin’s lost pets and their families, click here to see our Blog post titled What’s Happening with Lost and Found Pets in Joplin, MO After Devastating Tornado? ; it’s filled with helpful links.

Joplin Humane Society, Happy Reunion After Devastating Tornado

Joplin Humane Society, Happy Reunion After Devastating Tornado

We also take time to announce our Month of May Contest winner, Marcea Barton of Oklahoma. Marcea listed her three favorite pets sites as: Surf Dog Richochet, The Puppy Rescue Mission and Binks & Yoda.  And with that, she wins a $25.00 month of May prize. Please visit these pet advocacy sites and show your support! They are great sites.  Thank you Marcea for being a true pet lover and supporter of our site! We greatly appreciate both.

To all of our site supporters, we thank you for your support and help in bringing lost pets home, nationwide!

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What’s Happening With Lost and Found Pets in Joplin, Missouri After Devastating Tornado?

| Uncategorized | May 23, 2011

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 (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  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: 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 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:
  • By mail: Send your check to:
    Joplin Tornado Relief
    The Salvation Army
    3637 Broadway
    Kansas City, MO 64111

Please let us know if we can help lost pets and their families in Joplin with our website: Thank you for supporting our site and those sites now helping lost and found pets in Joplin. I know together, we salute them!

Joplin, MO

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