Pets left homeless by Joplin tornado available for free adoption

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 8:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:13 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 25, 2011

JOPLIN – Hundreds of animals left homeless by Joplin's May 22 tornado have spent the last month separated from their owners.

Unclaimed animals will have a chance to be adopted Saturday and Sunday at an Adopt-a-thon.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at an emergency warehouse just south of the Joplin Humane Society, 140 East Emperor Lane. 

Animals can be adopted free of charge, already spayed or neutered, brought up-to-date on vaccinations, micro-chipped and given collars and identification tags. 

Cats will be tested for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia. Dogs will be tested for heartworm and aggression. Pet carriers for cats will be included.

Printable applications and pictures of adoptable animals can be found at the Joplin Humane Society's webpage.

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