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The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society will conduct a massive adopt-a-thon this weekend for the more than 900 pets still being sheltered at Joplin. Click Here for more information.(Photo/Joplin Humane Society)

The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society will conduct a massive adopt-a-thon this weekend for the more than 900 pets still being sheltered at Joplin. Click Here for more information.(Photo/Joplin Humane Society)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of animal lovers from Missouri and beyond flocked to Joplin over the weekend to adopt hundreds of pets displaced by the deadly late May tornado.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Joplin Humane Society found permanent homes for 745 pets during an “adopt-a-thon” event on Saturday and Sunday. The groups say they drew more than 5,700 people from 24 states.

Organizers waived adoption fees to encourage participation, and all cats and dogs were spayed or neutered and provided with microchips, vaccines and identification tags at no cost.

The national animal advocacy group provided emergency shelter for 1,300 pets since the May 22 tornado. Nearly 500 animals were reunited with their owners. Two hundred more animals await adoption.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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