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Homes found for 745 pets left stranded by Joplin tornado

A weekend adopt-a-thon found homes for 745 pets left stranded by the Joplin tornado last month.

The event, co-sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Joplin Humane Society, drew more than 5,700 people from 24 states.

Adoption fees were waived for the event, and all cats and dogs were spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and provided an ID tag free of charge.

Since May 23, responders worked around the clock to track down the owners of lost pets through grassroots outreach including flyers, public service announcements, social media outreach, paid advertising, and stories in the media.

The mandatory holding period for animals affected by the disaster was even doubled in an effort to reunite as many people and pets as possible.