434 pets: Joplin Humane Society exceeds capacity

Joplin Humane Society building

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Humane Society is exceeding its capacity of pets.

Currently, the shelter is caring for 434 pets. It’s capacity – 350 to 400. Staff members are worried they can’t keep up with the overcrowding much longer.

Executive Director Connie Andrews and her team are now making a stronger push for adoptions and fostering in the Joplin area.

“We are asking anyone who is able to please consider fostering a pet. We love all our pets and will continue to provide the best care possible, but we need help,” Andrews said.

On May 20, the Joplin Humane Society turned to its Facebook page asking for area residents who are able to foster a pet temporarily to step up.

“In serious crises like this, Facebook is the best way to connect with potential foster parents,” Andrews said. “We want to do everything possible to find these animals homes, because we have come so far and never want to turn any pets away that need our help.”

Andrews says daily videos featuring adoptable pets, posted to Facebook, have gone viral, reaching donors and fans from across the country.

The Joplin Humane Society also announced it would lower the adoption fee on all big dogs to only $10. These pets come spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, flea-treated, heartworm-tested, and dewormed.

You can also make a donation to help with pets in the shelter’s care.

KOAM is speaking with the Joplin Humane Society and will have more on KOAM News.