Monday, May 23, 2011

Joplin, Missouri Tornado

There has been some really bad weather this Spring, anipals. Last night was yet another round. A tornado hit Joplin, MO and did severe damage. At this time, 89 people have been reported dead and there's still lots of searching to be done. People are looking for friends, family and of course, pets.

My former home, Wayside Waifs, here in Kansas City sent a team down to Joplin today to assist with the rescue of animals who have been affected by this terrible disaster. They will probably be bringing back animals from the Joplin Humane Society. One way for people to communicate about lost and found pets in the Joplin area is by a Facebook page called Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado. You can also follow what Wayside is doing in the Joplin area on their Facebook page. They have posted some pictures of the load-up this morning.

If you would like to donate to Wayside to assist in the care of these rescued pets, you can do so online at their donation page. As always, we will be keeping the people and pets of Joplin in the #pawcircle and purraying that families are reunited with their two- and four-legged members.

UPDATE: Find My Animal is offering their service for FREE to residents of Joplin.

UPDATE: Today (5/23/11) Wayside Waifs brought back 25 dogs that were already up for adoption at the Joplin Humane Society to make room for incoming animals. Wayside will be going back tomorrow to further assist with displaced pets.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Photo Sa-Furry Wrap Up

Yesterday was a big day for Wayside Waifs; they held their annual Fur Ball fundraiser at the Overland Park Convention Center. Volunteers transformed the event space into the theme of "Photo Sa-Furry". For details on the prep work that went into the event, check out my pal Ryker's blog post "What's All The Excitement About?"

Fur Ball is more than a fundraiser-it's a super fun party for all the animal loving humans across the Kansas City metro area. And let me tell you, "party animals" is the correct term for the people who came out to support Wayside! They went all out with their outfits for the night, taking the theme of "Photo Sa-Furry" to its limits!

There were games, a silent auction and even an area where you could hang out with some cute puppies!

After dinner, there was a live auction, then a dance. (I'm glad I wasn't there for that part, I have two left feet! MOL)

A lot of organization went into the event and many people helped to make it run smoothly. All too soon, it was over.
I'm sure a lot of money was raised to take care of the Waifs! Be sure to watch Wayside's site to find out how successful the night was.