Orphaned cats find calm after Joplin storm – The Columbia Daily Tribune – Columbia, Missouri

At 17 ounces, Stormy barely moves the scales.

Valerie Chaffin can tell, though, the fluffy gray kitten has grown since she brought him and a litter mate from Joplin to Columbia nearly three weeks ago.

Stormy and Joplin were among five kittens volunteers rescued June 5 from debris behind a hospital destroyed in the May 22 tornado. Chaffin, a Columbia Second Chance board member and volunteer, went to Joplin after hearing the animal shelter there was overwhelmed in the aftermath of the deadly twister.

Not long after arriving, Chaffin met a family who brought in five kittens they had rescued from beneath an overturned sofa.

“They were remarkably healthy, just covered in fleas,” Chaffin said of the kittens.

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