Joplin Humane Society still busy after tornado

Joplin Humane Society still busy after tornado

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Maggie Kelley hugs her dog, Saint, Monday, May 23, 2011 after finding him amid the rubble of her home in Joplin, Mo. Kelley's home was leveled by a tornado that destroyed nearly 30 percent of the town on Sunday afternoon. The twister cut a six-mile path through the city. Kelley and her husband are Hurricane Katrina evacuees. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Adam Wisneski)

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Posted on June 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A year after a tornado swamped the Joplin Humane Society with lost animals, donations and volunteers have declined while the need for space remains.
   
After last May's tornado, the Humane Society took in more than 1,300 animals. Eventually, 745 of them were adopted, with many of the rest picked up by owners.
   
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/LyiEZt ) supplies and volunteers poured in after the tornado but have dropped to pre-storm levels.
   
But the society's Animal Adoption and Resource Center is still at full capacity, holding anywhere from 250 to 350 animals.
   
Lysa Buehler, the shelter manager, says some pet owners returned animals they adopted because they are struggling to make ends meet. And others are living in temporary housing or in situations that don't allow pets.
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   Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
 

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