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Courtesy of Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society

Thumper
Dutch Rabbit
Location: Springfield: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
Gender: Unknown
Age: 2 years


Thumper is one of many bunnies who arrived at Dakin recently. Thumper’s 2 years old, and ready to go home with a new family who will keep their new pet indoors for several reasons…rabbits like Thumper are very social and interactive and should be near their human companions, also the New England weather is too harsh for outdoor living and even in a cage, a bunny is way too vulnerable to predators who can get in backyards. Bunnies like Thumper should be allowed out of their cage INDOORS each day to get some running and jumping exercise. Whatever room you allow your bunny to play in should be “bunny proofed,” which involves covering all electrical wires (they’re a favorite for rabbits to gnaw), phone, computer and TV wires…even houseplants. Always supervise your bunny’s playtime outside the cage, and if you choose to let them outdoors, your yard must be fenced in and you should stay with them. Rabbits can quickly dig under fences.

Quick facts about rabbits:
· Grass hay and pellets, along with fresh, leafy greens are their daily food items
· The minimum recommended cage length for one rabbit is 3-4 feet, but bigger is always better. Be sure that it’s a solid-bottom cage, as wire-bottom cages can ulcerate a rabbit’s feet. If you do have a wire-bottom cage, cover the bottom with wood, towels or carpeting.
· They’re clean by nature and will use a lined litter box (line it with newspaper, fill with hay or pelleted litter. Never pine or cedar shavings or clay cat litter. These can make rabbits ill).
· All rabbits adopted at Dakin will either go home spayed/neutered or you can return to Dakin for this service as soon as the rabbit is physically ready for it.
· Rabbits love toys to satisfy their urges to dig and chew. Suggested items: cardboard boxes, old phone directories and commercially-made chew sticks. A digging box (cardboard box filled halfway with soil or shredded paper) is always a fun item for them.
· Plan to clean their cage once or twice weekly, and their litterbox daily.


Website: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
Phone Dakin: 413-781-4000
Email Dakin: info@dpvhs.org

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.



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Does Your Dog Need C.L.A.S.S?
Does Your Dog Need C.L.A.S.S?
Dakin Humane Society Can Help!

Does your dog need some help learning to be a better behaved member of the community? And are you looking for something new and fun to do with your canine companion? Dakin Humane Society offers a wide variety of training classes that are fun and helpful for both you and your pooch. C.L.A.S.S., (Canine Life and Social Skills) classes, Scent Work for Dogs, K9 Fitness, Tricks, and Canine Good Citizen are just a few of the many classes starting this month.

Classes are offered at Dakin Humane Society's Adoption Center & Education Center, 171 Union Street in Springfield and at Dave's Soda & Pet City, 335 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley. We now also have classes in Leverett: Leverett Adoption Center, 163 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054
413-548-9898

More information and registration is available online at www.dpvhs.org

Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.



LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS
DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS WEEKLY
LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS for LOW INCOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Dakin Humane Society, located at 171 Union Street in Springfield offers weekly low cost vaccination clinics every Thursday from 9-10 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Dogs must be on leash and cats must be in a carrier.

Services are limited to 40 animals and are for people who receive state or federal assistance (food stamps, fuel assistance, disability, unemployment, etc.)

Dakin's vaccine clinic is not a replacement for a relationship with a full service veterinarian. For the long term health and happiness of your pet, Dakin recommends regular visits to a full service veterinarian. Vaccine services are provided for healthy animals only. Sick or injured animals cannot be treated at this clinic.

More information and registration is available online at www.dpvhs.org

Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.


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DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES GRANT
DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES GRANT
Dakin Humane Society has received a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) as part of the special "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate program. These plates support spay/neuter efforts in Massachusetts and help to reduce the number of homeless animals in the state.
Funds received from the sale of these special license plates are dispersed annually by MAC through a grant process. The proceeds are awarded to non-profit humane organizations and municipal animal control agencies in the Commonwealth that provide spaying and neutering services for cats, dogs, and rabbits. This year’s grant is the largest Dakin has received from MAC.
The grant awarded to Dakin is tremendously helpful in its outreach efforts to help fund low-cost spay/neuter surgery for low income clients in Dakin’s service area. More than 40,000 dogs and cats have been sterilized at Dakin's Community Spay/Neuter Clinic since it opened mid-October 2009. Dakin is sterilizing approximately 11,000 animals each year.
“If you care about animals, the purchase of one of these plates is an important way to help animals in our community and assist us in our efforts to end animal homelessness in the Pioneer Valley”, according to Dakin’s Executive Director Leslie Harris.
The funds awarded to Dakin this year will be used to subsidize the spaying/neutering of cats of low income caregivers. "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates are easy to order online - no need to go to the RMV! Simply go to www.petplate.org and order your tax-deductible plate today. More information about the Dakin Community Spay/Neuter Clinic can be found online at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society (Dakin) provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin does not receive any government funding nor is Dakin funded or operated by any national humane organization. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.





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