June 1, 2011
The HSUS Assists Hundreds of Displaced Animals in Joplin, Mo.
Animal welfare groups rally to care for pets and reunite families
The Humane Society of the United States has sent members of our Animal Rescue Team to provide emergency sheltering assistance in the devastated town of Joplin, Mo. The HSUS team is providing sheltering assistance for the nearly 500 displaced animals who have been taken to the emergency shelter since a powerful tornado hit more than a week ago.
“Many families who lost their homes are missing their pets, or have nowhere to go with them, and The Humane Society of the United States is proud to come to the aid of these animals and their owners,” said Justin Scally, interim manager of disaster response for The HSUS. “We have deployed numerous specially trained staff and volunteers to Joplin, and have already been able to help many displaced animals reunite with their families."
The HSUS was called in to assist by the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and will be working alongside animal welfare groups including Kansas State Animal Rescue Team, American Humane Association, United Animal Nations and Sumter DART. All of these groups have been deployed to Joplin to assist the Joplin Humane Society, which is acting as the lead agency in this rescue mission. Thanks to the united efforts of all of these groups, more than 200 pets already have been reunited with their families.
The HSUS has also recently responded to areas of Mississippi and Alabama to assist with rescue and sheltering needs in areas with extraordinary flood and tornado damage.
*Photos from the Joplin emergency shelter are available for media download by contacting HSUS Animal Rescue Team public information officer Jordan Crump at 240-654-2964 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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