JOPLIN, MO (AP) - A year after a tornado swamped the Joplin Humane Society with lost animals, donations and volunteers have declined while the need for space remains.
After last May's tornado, the Humane Society took in more than 1,300 animals. Eventually, 745 of them were adopted, with many of the rest picked up by owners.
The Joplin Globe reports supplies and volunteers poured in after the tornado but have dropped to pre-storm levels.
But the society's Animal Adoption and Resource Center is still at full capacity, holding anywhere from 250 to 350 animals.
Lysa Buehler, the shelter manager, says some pet owners returned animals they adopted because they are struggling to make ends meet. And others are living in temporary housing or in situations that don't allow pets.
Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
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