The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 11, 2014

Joplin Humane Society in running in national contest

— The Joplin Humane Society is one step away from winning a national contest that would provide a professional cleaning of its shelter courtesy of Scrubbing Bubbles.

The organization is in a Web-based voting competition called Let’s Bubble with eight other organizations that include homeless shelters, youth clubs and community centers. Shelter manager Lysa Boston said that the grand prize, consisting of a full cleaning of the shelter, would be a unique way to help the shelter place more pets in homes.

“A whole team from Scrubbing Bubbles cleaning and disinfecting our shelter would really be amazing,” Boston said. “There are a lot of small projects that they will also do on-site that will help make our shelter shine. The cleaning really is worth its weight in gold.”

Boston estimates that the shelter currently houses more than 350 dogs and cats that are currently up for adoption. In the first two weeks of April, the shelter has already taken in more than 200 animals.

By moving to the semifinals of the voting, the shelter was awarded a $500 cash donation by Scrubbing Bubbles. While there is the chance of winning the contest, the increase in visibility locally and nationally is important to Boston.

“The contest is a great way to get noticed and to bring light to who we are,” Boston said. “Believe it or not, we still have people that do not know what we do or that there are pets available for adoption here. We are always trying to increase visibility inside of the community for that very reason.”

Increasing visibility and funds is also what the Joplin Humane Society will likely accomplish tonight when it holds the 12th annual FurBall at Downstream Casino pavilion. This year’s theme is “Jazz and Jeans” and will feature a live jazz band in addition to a silent auction, raffle and dinner. Boston said that while the event brought nearly $50,000 to the shelter in 2013, it isn’t just a fundraiser — it is also a way to bring awareness to what the Humane Society does.

“We’re just a brick building with a lot of great volunteers, but we can only do so much here,” Boston said. “But when you get the community involved, you get foster homes. You get volunteers. You get the people asking how they can help. Then you can really make a difference.”

Want to vote?

The top four finalists for the competition will be announced after voting is completed on April 21. To vote in the contest, go to Facebook users are allowed to vote once per day.

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