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Published: Jun 29, 2011

The tornado that tore through Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 displaced hundreds of dogs and cats, which created heavily crowded animal shelters. The ASPCA hosted an Adopt-A-Thon this past Saturday in the city to promote pet adoption for all the pooches and felines that were in need of a home after the storm, and it was a success, according to the Washington Post.

The organization teamed up with the Joplin Humane Society this past weekend, and was able to find homes for 745 pets. The event assembled 5,700 people from 24 states. However, there are still plenty more cats and dogs that are looking for homes - 200 compared to the over the 1,000 who were originally displaced, the news source reports.

According to the ASPCA, before a family is ready to adopt a new pet, they need to consider some questions before going to an animal shelter and choosing a four-legged companion. Prospective owners need to think about exactly what type of dog or cat they want before entering a shelter so they have an idea before going. Also, there are several resources, including the ASPCA, that allow owners to find out what type of pet is perfect for their family.