Massive pet rescue underway in Joplin

Animal welfare workers are scrambling to round up pets still missing in the wake of the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri and trying to reunite found pets with their families.

The Joplin County Humane Society has taken in 300 pets so far and efforts continue to try to find more pets separated from their owners during the storm.

The local shelter is getting help from the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, which have both dispatched animal aid workers and mobile shelter units.

USA Today reporter (and pet blogger) Janice Lloyd reports that many of the animals found in the debris and taken in are frantic and confused, others are seriously injured.

For many families who lost their homes and all their possessions, being reunited with their pets is reason for joy amid the gloom.

 "We sent 50 pets off with their families yesterday," executive director Karen Aquino told USA Today. " They might have lost everything else, but seeing their pet here brings on tears of joy."

In other Missouri pet news, lest we forget the state remains the puppy mill capital of the nation, we share with you a document from the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation that helps lay out the new law - which was the subject of a massive political battle - now governing commercial kennels.

Letter 161 Final