May 24, 2011
Heading to Joplin to Help Shelter Displaced Pets
Field notes from Missouri and Mississippi
Since a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, this weekend, the animals there have been in dire need. The HSUS will assist organizations on the ground with animal sheltering starting Wednesday.
The ASPCA is setting up an emergency shelter to take in animals rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri and other groups. The facility will also accept animals brought in by families who are evacuating or are in a temporary shelter themselves.
The HSUS Animal Rescue Team's director of operations, Sára Varsa, is mobilizing for arrival in the next day or two, and we have lined up an HSUS representative to start on Wednesday.
Our flood relief operations elsewhere in Missouri are complete, as all animals have either been returned to owners or transported to ASPCA shelter partners. We will continue running the emergency animal shelter in Natchez, Miss., until May 27, when the local agency will assume leadership.