I don’t know why I clicked. I live nowhere near Joplin, MO. I hadn’t heard the tornado news. But a Facebook page reuniting surviving pets and owners has me combing through posts.
Several horror stories are written on the wall, of course. One dog was ripped from a couple’s arms. Others simply vanished leaving owners to fear the worst. And yet hope springs forth from community members scrambling to help.
3200 fans joined Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado Facebook page in 13 hours and their posts offer generous helpings of hope, compassion and practical help.
- Foster volunteers are opening their homes to recovered dogs, cats and birds.
- The Director@winterpaws.org is coordinating foster volunteers by name, address, phone, email, what kinds of animals can be fostered, size, how many, gender, and if you can pick up or transport.
- Dr Mayfield in Columbus, KS announced on the radio last night that her clinic would take in tornado animals (620-674-3634).
- The Springfield Veterinary Center said this moments ago:
We can have a veterinarian over there every day until we are not needed anymore. One of our Dr.’s and a tech have been at the Humane Society today. Could we be used in a better way? Please let us know who to contact and we will be there.
The following forums are being built this very moment:
[ed. note: While the main page still exists, these categories have since been dismantled.]
- DOGS LOST
- DOGS FOUND
- PLACES ACCEPTING ANIMALS
- WEBSITES WITH LOST AND FOUND POSTINGS
- WARNINGS AND ADVICE
- VOLUNTEER INFO
- DONATING SUPPLIES AND MONEY
For families who have lost everything, the return of their beloved family pet could mean the world. Visit Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado Facebook page. (It was inspired by Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11). Bigger still is Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery with nearly 90,000 followers. (Beware off-topic conversation). Check Craiglist too. As the weather in Joplin worsens with new storms brewing, these people and pets need all the help they can get.
As for the rest of us, remember to microchip your pet.
And file this use of Facebook in the back of your mind.