Sunday, June 5, 2011

Joplin Missouri Tornado: Pet Rescuers Race Against Time

The race is on. The window of opportunity to rescue pets after the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 is closing.  The bulldozers are on the way and demolition will soon begin.

Postings at community forums around the area point out the fact that not all pets have been found and time is running out. Just one example:  With the talk of demolition starting we NEED to get the word out about the still missing Miss Hanah! PLEASE help circulate her picture and information. White American Bulldog, 110lbs, two different colored eyes. Last seen as recently as Saturday at: 4224 E. 26th street. Her house once stood at 4915 E27th st. Searchers meeting tomorrow at 430 to go into the area to look for her. Please look at her pictures and circulate.  I cannot express how dearly she is missed.

Multiple animal welfare organization are using the Joplin Humane Society as a clinic for sick and injured pets.  Three warehouses are being used as an emergency shelter.  As of this past Friday, 944 pets have been rescued and 292 of those have been reunited with their owners.

One dog gives rescuers hope and underscores their belief that there are other pets that need to be saved.  12 days after the EF5 tornado struck, the ASPCA's on site rescue team found a dehydrated dogin a twister-demolished house, huddled under a bed with debris covering it.

Agencies are still deciding when to draw the line.  Until then they'll keep searching.  As Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response said:  That's why we do what we do to save the one animal that couldn't be saved.


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