Joplin Humane Society executive director steps down


A long-time leader of an area Humane Society is leaving, but she’s not going that far away.

Lysa Boston will still hear this sound each day, but not at the Joplin Humane Society. After ten years on the job in Joplin, she said goodbye to her co-workers on Friday and says she’ll miss each one of them.

“I think I probably spend more time here than I do at home, honestly, and you just become really close with them because you’re working so closely with them. And when you’re all fighting for the same thing and you’re all so passionate about it, it’s just like leaving leaving a family behind,” says Lysa Boston.

When Boston first started with the Joplin Humane Society this building hadn’t even been built.

“We’ve dropped our euthanasia rate from 75 to 80% to all the way down to less than 10% so that’s amazing. The fact that we have such amazing medical protocols, that we’re saving parvo puppies and we’re saving distemper dogs, we’re saving cats with calicivirus, things you would never have even thought of years ago would ever be possible years ago, we’re doing it and I think the animals deserve that,” says Boston.

All things Boston says were only made possible by support from the community and her staff. Speaking of which it will take two people to do all of the things she did herself.

“Lysa has become synonymous with the Joplin Humane Society, so yes, I do feel like I have some huge shoes to fill,” says Thomas Jay, kennel manager.

“I cried when she said she was leaving. She knows I love her and I only wish her the best and Grove is very lucky to have her,” says Connie Andrews, Executive Director, Joplin Humane Society.

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