Joplin, Missouri, was ravaged by a tornado in May of 2011. During natural disasters, many animals become displaced from their homes, and there are times where they are never reunited with their families. In the aftermath of the 2011 tornado, there was an influx of homeless animals in the area, and even now the town has a number of homeless animals that are in search of a new home.
The Joplin Humane Society takes in unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals and provides them with shelter, food, and medical care until they can find new forever homes. Some of the animals that come into the shelter have been part of cruelty and neglect cases, which means that they may require special attention. The organization also operates a foster care program that provides in-home care for homeless animals. By providing spay and neuter clinics to the public, the Joplin Humane Society is hoping to prevent more unwanted animals in the area.
Paws with Possibilities Pet Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues animals from the streets in order to give them a second chance at finding a new forever home. As a non-profit, the organization relies on donations from the public and adoption fees to continue to care for animals in need. With the money the organization raises, it is able to save more than 400 animals each year.
If you live in Joplin and are considering a new pet, visit with one of these two organizations to help save the life of a local animal.
The annual Springfield Jaycees Dog Pageant is an event that you won’t want to miss! Sponsored by Parkway Vet Clinic, all the proceeds from Jaycees Dog Pageant go to the APL. During the pageant, dogs will get to strut their stuff down the runway for the chance to win different categories, including Most Patriotic, Most Glamorous, Best Tail Wagging, Best Vocal Performance, and Most Adorable.
The overall winners and runners-up will win prizes!
To enter the pageant, the cost is $10. Each additional dog entry is $5.
Registration begins the morning of the event from 11 am to 11:30 am. The pageant starts at 11:30 am and concludes around 12:30 pm.
Each May, head over to Springfield for the Mutt March and Woofstock event. The event includes a 5k walk/run and a festival that celebrates the dogs in your life. During the event, you and your dog can enjoy live music, participate in fun contests, and check out pet-related vendors. Check out the silent auction, too! If you are looking to add a new pet to your home, visit with the rescues and meet some adoptable dogs.
There will also be food trucks and a dog run area that allows for some off-leash play time!
Registration for the 5k walk or run is $20 when you pre-register. Late registration is $30 per person. Registration includes a Mutt March T-shirt.
Every September, Cruse Dog Park, along with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, hosts DogFest in Chesterfield Park! The event runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
During DogFest, you can watch fun training and skills demonstrations and hear dog-related advice from local veterinarians. You won’t want to miss out on the doggy fashion show, which will feature some of the best-dressed dogs in the area! Pet vendors and non-profit groups will be on-site, as well, so stop by and look at great products and learn about great causes.
Admission to DogFest is free, so go out and celebrate with your pooch!
Celebrate Halloween with your entire family each year with the Pets and Pumpkins Festival! During this celebration, dogs are encouraged to take part in all the fun. Each October, bring your entire family out to Historic Commercial Street in Springfield for a hay-maze inflatable, food, games, trick-or-treating for both kids and dogs, and music.
A fun Halloween Parade starts at 3:15 pm, so you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
The event is $2 per person or dog, and all attendees are given a wrist or collar band, which grants access to all of the activities at no additional cost.
In honor of Love Your Pet Day, Virtual Run Events is hosting a virtual 5k or 10k race that will help raise funds for Petsmart Charities, an organization that is committed to ending pet homelessness across the country. So, leash up your dog, lace up your running shoes and hit the road!
The virtual race allows you to pick your course and track your own time. All you need to do is complete the race between the designated dates in February!
To participate in the Love Your Pet Day run, you will need to register, which costs $18 per US resident or $28 for those located outside of the US.