The Wayside Waifs will be sending an animal rescue
team to Joplin, Missouri, following the deadly tornado that struck the city on May 22, according to a new report from the Kansas City Star.
Other animal rescue organizations who will also be taking part in the effort to save as many abandoned pets as possible include the Spay & Neuter Kansas City organization and No More Homeless Pets KC. Animal Haven, an organization located in Merriam, will be sending a response team to Joplin as well.
Many of these groups will be working together to help bring animals left behind by fleeing residents. The animals will likely be taken to temporary rescue shelters, where they will receive medical attention and food.
The recent tornado was the second most deadly in the history of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service. CNN reports that at least 116 people have been killed as of May 23 in Joplin, Missouri, due to the severe tornadoes that hit about 30 percent of the city. Kansas City is located in a region called the "Tornado Alley."