June 23, 2011
A tired yet inspired team of Animal Humane Society workers is back in the Twin Cities after a week-long trip to assist with animal care efforts in Joplin, Missouri.
In the aftermath of the May 22 tornado in Joplin, thousands of pets found themselves separated from their families. More than 1200 of those animals ended up at a temporary shelter set up by the Joplin Humane Society and the ASPCA. Volunteers from across the country have been caring for the animals while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners or adopted into new families.
When the ASPCA put out a call for volunteers to help pets displaced by the tornado, Animal Humane Society promptly responded. A team of six from AHS recently spent a week in Joplin caring for nearly 800 animals — cleaning cages, feeding and exercising the animals, providing comfort and affection, and reuniting pets with their owners whose lives have been turned upside down by the tornado.
FOX 9 was at the airport when the Animal Humane Society team returned home. Watch the story here: