Joplin Tornado Cats Land at PAWS & NOAH

50 cats and kittens from the tornado ravaged city of Joplin Missouri landed at the Arlington airport on Friday, July 1st.

The felines arrived on a Cloud Nine Rescue flight, and received their initial examination right on the tarmac. The cats and kittens were divided between PAWS and the NOAH Center in Stanwood, Wash.

The ASPCA organized the trip, and chose PAWS and NOAH because of their ability to take in large numbers of animals on short notice.

Because the majority of the felines are kittens, they’ll go into foster care until they’re old enough to spay/neuter. PAWS Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel has been working overtime to care for the weary travelers.

“We’ve trained four new foster families to help out with most of these kittens. They’re definitely my heroes today.”

The majority of the kittens are suffering from various stages of upper respiratory infections, so they’ll spend lots of time in the care of PAWS veterinarians.

“They’ve been through a tragedy we can only imagine,” says PAWS Director of Companion Animal Services, Kay Joubert. “The first priority is to get them fed and healthy.”

PAWS and NOAH are planning a joint adoption event for the Joplin cats in late July.

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