Today, volunteers with UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service began working at a temporary shelter in Joplin, Missouri, where nearly 500 animals have found refuge after a massive tornado displaced them on May 22.
UAN volunteers will work alongside staff and volunteers from other local and national animal protection organizations to care for the animals and reunite them with their families.
We still have our eyes trained on the Mississippi River, watching it rise slowly, but steadily. UAN has officially demobilized from the emergency shelter in Natchez, Mississippi and transferred operations to our partners and the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society.
Shock, then gratefulness. These are the emotions residents around Natchez, Mississippi are experiencing when they learn UAN volunteers are running a free emergency shelter for pets living in the path of the flooding Mississippi River.
Submitted by UAN volunter Debbie Ferguson of Kildeer, Illinois
It has been a hectic week for the ten UAN volunteers who traveled from across the United States to assist with a flood response in Kennett, Missouri. With the Mississippi river at an all-time high, residents in southeast Missouri were warned of imminent evacuation orders and many were proactive and took their animals to a local shelter for safekeeping. It soon became clear that the shelter could not handle all of the animals, so the ASPCA was called in to assist.