HOAKC Provides Assistance to Pets Affected by Tornado
Shortly after a devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, the Heart
of America Kennel Club began a project to provide needed supplies and funds to the Joplin Humane Center for the
care of displaced pets in the community. Calls to the Joplin Humane Society management were referred to the
Carthage, Missouri Humane Society where many of the animals were being transferred.
During the following week the kennel club, under the direction of President Bob Goodin and wife Judy, planned
a benefit drive for Saturday, May 28. Announcements were sent to area television stations to inform the public
of the availability of the drop-off sites and the associated hours of operation. On the designated day, club
volunteers met in Leavenworth and Overland Park for the entire afternoon to receive donations of cash, pet food,
cleaning supplies, and all types of equipment and supplies related primarily to the care of dogs and cats.
In the midst of a constant light rain during the afternoon of the 28th, club volunteers graciously accepted a
huge quantity of materials for use by both the Joplin and Carthage Humane Societies. Signs were placed along
adjacent streets and volunteers were thrilled with the number of casual passers-by who pulled into the collection
site with cash donations or who immediately drove to nearby retail stores to purchase pet food and returned to
the collection site with their much appreciated purchases.
Another area kennel club and several dog specific-breed clubs assisted the effort with additional quantities
of supplies of all sizes and descriptions. At the end of the day, enough material was gathered to fill a large
rental van that was then driven to Carthage on Sunday, May 29 to deliver the much needed relief to staff at the
Although relatively minor in relation to the amount of support provided by huge numbers of people and
organizations in the aftermath of the storm, kennel club members were pleased that their efforts will provide
comfort, care and nutrition to many pets affected by the devastating tornado in addition to the relief efforts
on behalf of the humans who were affected.
Pets give so much unqualified love to their humans that it was a true pleasure for all involved to return the
Dick Rees June 2011