One Year After the Disaster, the Final Pet Lost During the Joplin Tornado is Claimed

Last unclaimed Joplin tornado pet claimed

One year ago on May 22, 2011, a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people and destroying thousands of homes and buildings. Countless pets also lost their lives or became homeless because of the storm.

One month after the tornado, the ASPCA and the Joplin Humane Society teamed up during an “adopt-a-thon” event, reports The Associated Press, and found forever homes for 745 pets. Also, about 500 families were able to reunite with their lost pets. Since the storm, the ASPCA has cared for over 1,400 homeless animals.

Today, the efforts of the ASPCA and the Joplin Humane Society to connect lost pets with previous owners or new forever homes have paid off. Vetstreet's Dr. Marty Becker was in Joplin with Petco and the American Red Cross discussing pet disaster preparedness and took a picture he had to share. The image is of a cue card from KKOW AM Radio relaying this great news: “The last unclaimed pet from Joplin storm was claimed yesterday.”

For more information on keeping both you and your pets safe during a disaster, read Vetstreet's disaster preparedness articles.


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