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Joplin Humane Society Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

Mission: To promote the humane care and protection of all animals, especially those abandoned, neglected and abused; and to prevent cruelty and suffering of all animals.

Programs: Provide care for abused and neglected animals while they await adoption.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

This place is beyond amazing! The first time I visited the shelter, the staff took the time to show me all the dogs I was interested in meeting, along with answering all my questions. The place looked and smelled better than expected with the overwhelming amount of homeless pets they are caring for. It is very obvious this shelter plays such an important part in the four-state community. They also provide low-cost spay/neuter services to the public, which saves their customers hundreds of dollars in veterinarian fees. Thank you Joplin Humane Society for everything you do to save the lives of the homeless, unwanted and abused dogs and cats in Joplin and surrounding areas. I wish more members of our community would commit to volunteering. It is such an awesome feeling! You are rock stars!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Never going back that place. It stunk really bad and was very unkempt. Dogs were barking all over the place of neglect. They refused to take a young kitten that had been dumped by our home. They told us if we left her there they would immediately EUTHANIZE her as they are immediately euthanizing all cats being brought in for adoption. I find that to be complete unacceptable for any humane society. We were wiling to give them big donation but never will. I ask them if they would prefer that we put a bullet into the cats head and they said YES before they would take the young cat. Then they gave us other places to call who also refused us because they said we did not live there. I refuse to acknowledge this place exists because whomever the director is there is doing and atrocious job. I would advise anyone NEVER LEAVE A CAT or KITTEN there expecting them to find a home as they will be euthanized immediately as PER WHAT THEY stated. I will never step foot in that place again. If it stinks when you step in then back out. NEVER LEAVE OR ADOPT ANY ANIMAL FROM JOPLIN HUMAN SOCIETY. They cannot be trusted. Stay away from this polar and do not go there. They are c leaky not caring for the animals. I was able to see inside the clearly dirty and un kept kennels and the conditions there are atrocious. This place needs to be clearly SHUT DOWN. They did not know they were talking to me a person who clearly still is a animal rights advocate and have rescued many dogs from puppy mills and insane conditions. This place is in that category. I will be turning them into everyone that I can in order to have this place shut down and/or totally redone with new staff and a total new director because what is there now is not working. DO NOT leave any animal at this place at this time. There are not prepared to care for the animals they now have. They could not care for 1o animals in the conditions they now have these animals living in. JUST STAY AWAY. They seem thrilled to euthanize every animal. I was originally told by them that they were a no kill or a 99.3% no kill shelter but this is not true. They lie to the public in order to get their donations.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 1

Never going back to this organization. Was a willing and cheery donor until I saw how they treat people at intake. I donated (I do NOT anymore) money to this organization to help animals in the area. My donor dollars are from outside of Joplin, and I never considered that a problem. Until I saw their intake, and realized that, while they're perfectly willing to take out of town donations, they don't take out-of-town animals. So I'm going to find somewhere else to send my money until they turn down out-of-town money as quickly as out-of-town animals.

1 SeEtta M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Joplin Humane Society has faced an astounding challenge in handling the animals that survived but were lost after the horrific tornado that devastated over a quarter of Joplin. With assistance from several other state and national animal humane & rescue groups, they have taken in over 800 animals and reunited more than 250. The staff and volunteers have done a stellar job under adverse circumstances including the death of the Executive Director Karen Aquino’s step-daughter, Rachel Markham, who perished in the disaster.