More than 400 pets have been reunited with their families, but hundreds more need new furever homes.
This Saturday and Sunday, the ASPCA and PetSmart Charities are sponsoring a major adoption event at the Joplin Humane Society. The goal is to find new homes for more than 600 unclaimed dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
Adoption fees are being waived for the event. All pets are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on their vaccinations and microchipped. You do not need to be a Missouri resident to adopt a new pet.
According to the ASPCA website, “The dogs and cats vary widely in size, age, breed and personality – ranging from chatty Siamese cats to darling Shih Tzus to tiny calico kittens to lovable Labs. But they do have one thing in common: They’re sweethearts who are ready to be someone’s new best friend.”
All of the tornado-surviving dogs have undergone evaluations to assess their temperaments and personalities.
“These animals have been through a lot, and they certainly deserve a new start,” said ASPCA animal behaviorist Kristen Collins. “The dogs’ evaluations revealed their different personalities – and it’s clear to me that there will be a perfect companion for just about anyone!”
The event will also feature other family-friendly activities, including tours of the ASPCA Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, a vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art forensics tools and medical equipment. The Missouri Emergency Response Service team will present large-animal rescue demonstrations. There will be live music and food booths, and goodie bags for all the new pet parents.
Joplin Adopt-a-thon 4 (Paws)-1-1
- Where: Joplin Humane Society, 140 E. Emperor Lane, Joplin, Mo. 64801
- When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days.
- What to Bring: A government-issued ID and proof of address. You can print and fill out an adoption application for a dog or cat in advance. If you have a carrier to transport your new pet, please bring it with you.