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.
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!