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Maggie w/ Casey and Sheridan –
to be adopted together


Domestic Shorthair
Location: Springfield
Gender: Female (all)
Age: 3 years (Maggie), 4 months (Casey & Sheridan)


Meet Maggie, Sheridan and Casey! What could be better than keeping a family together!  Maggie is a street-smart momma! She is friendly and loves treats; several families in a neighborhood were giving her lots of food. Casey & Sheridan are her kittens. They were following Maggie around trying to learn the ropes. However, they have not been able to fully trust people. They are very shy and quiet and would prefer to watch you from afar. They are slowly learning from Maggie that people aren't bad! Maggie, Sheridan and Casey need to go home together. To apply for the family, we are requiring previous experience with working with feral kittens. The adoption fee for all 3 will be $399.  If you are interested in this trio, please e-mail Dakin at springfield@dakinhumane.org your name and phone number and tell us your previous experience with feral/outdoor kittens.





Sampa, one of six pets from COVID-positive households in Massachusetts cared for at Dakin Humane Society.
(Photo courtesy Dakin Humane Society)

DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY CARING FOR PETS FROM COVID-POSITIVE HOMES



Organization Urges People to Have Pet Guardians Designated and Supplies Gathered in the Event of Unexpected Hospitalization

Springfield, MA (4/14/20) – Dakin Humane Society has recently taken in two cats and four dogs from households where people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, through its Safety Plan for Animals (SPAN) Program, becoming one of the first in the first in the Commonwealth to do so.
According to Executive Director Carmine DiCenso, “In one case, a man was in his third day at the hospital before he was able to communicate with staff and tell them that he had a dog alone at his Shutesbury home. His daughter, who lives several hours away, notified us, and we worked with local law enforcement to safely remove the dog from the home and get her to Dakin. Sampa, the dog, is doing well in our care. Sadly, the man passed away within a matter of days but he had peace of mind knowing his pet was safe and is being cared for.”
Dakin's SPAN Program was created several years ago to provide temporary shelter for pets belonging to people who were experiencing different crises, including fleeing an abusive household, losing a home due to a fire, or facing an unexpected stay in a hospital or nursing facility due to a medical problem. Now Dakin is using the Program to help pets whose people are being hospitalized with COVID-19, and the organization is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) regarding their housing. There is a limited number of spots available.
In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with pets, especially those who live alone, need to have plans in place for their pet's safety should they face an unexpected hospitalization due to the virus, says DiCenso. They need to designate a friend or family member who could step in and take care of their pets if they can't, and a back-up for that person as well.
“People may think they're not at risk because of their age or their health, but if there's one thing we've seen with COVID-19, it's that nothing is certain, and anyone can end up hospitalized and fighting this virus. COVID-19 is considered a human crisis, but it can also become a pet crisis in some cases. It’s always better for your pet to be able to stay home and be cared for by a friend or family member than go to a shelter.”
DiCenso continued, “It's also a good idea for anyone with a pet to have a pet supply kit prepared. Ideally it would have a 2-week supply of pet medications, their food and bottled water as well as food bowls, leashes, toys and comfort items, medical records, important phone numbers and a recent photo of your pet.”
Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them from its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA. The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 20,000 animals each year and has performed over 92,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it New England’s largest spay/neuter provider. Dakin is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community. For more information, visit www.dakinhumane.org.



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Hello!

Yesterday I issued a press release about Dakin's efforts in providing shelter and care to pets in COVID-positive households when their person is hospitalized. Our first admission, the dog Sampa (whose photo I included in the press release), has found an adopter, so she gets to start a new life tomorrow after she clears her last medical exam.

Her previous person loved her very much, and his loss is tragic, but we are happy that Sampa can begin again and know loving care.

If you'd like to talk to our Executive Director Carmine DiCenso about what Dakin is doing to help animals whose people are facing hospitalization for COVID-19, I'd be happy to coordinate an interview. Feel free to email me back or call me at 413.519.3767.

Thank you!
Lee Chambers

P.S. - One last Sampa photo because I just can't resist. Here she is, when she was admitted to Dakin in late March, being bathed by Veterinary Technician Abigayle Hamel.




Clockwise from upper left: Liz Collins, Meg Delaney,
Allison Strong, Ryker Bauer

DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR 2020 HUMANE AWARDS


 
Springfield, MA (10/7/20) – Dakin Humane Society honored eight people at the 2020 Humane Awards, which were part of the organization’s online Barks & Brews virtual event on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
 
The Humane Awards were originally created by Dakin in 2011 and were comprised of multiple community-based award categories, as well as a special philanthropic designation, for individuals making a positive difference in the lives of animals and people.  The honorees typically represent all ages and walks of life, and demonstrate their commitment and concern for animals through their life and work.  The awards honor members of the community who share Dakin’s belief that the way we treat animals reflects our community’s health. 
 
The winners of the 2020 Humane Awards are:
 
Liz Collins – The Richard and Nathalie Woodbury Philanthropy Award. 
This award recognizes people who secure Dakin’s future by sharing time, talent and financial resources to improve the lives of animals and the people who love them.  Ms. Collins, a Springfield resident, has been an outspoken advocate for animals for several years.  She was honored for her incredible work serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors, volunteering as a greeter at Dakin’s Springfield location, and helping with the Diamonds in the Ruff Thrift Shoppe.
Honorary Mention – Marianne & Jim Gambaro
The Gambaros not only serve as active and dedicated volunteers by helping in Dakin’s kitten intensive care unit, but recently assisted with Dakin’s Curbside Pet Food Aid Program event.  They are committee members who are vested in Dakin’s future with a deep commitment to animals that goes well beyond their generosity and extends into our community as ambassadors and role models.  The Gambaros live in Belchertown.
 
Ryker Bauer – The Youth Award. 
This award honors a hero, 16 or younger, who displays extraordinary care and compassion in making a difference in the lives of animals, and making the world a better place.  Mr. Bauer, of Hinsdale, NH, is being honored for his innovative project Pawesome Box Adventure.   He fills boxes with blankets, treats and toys and delivers them to over 100 different animal organizations in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.  He also volunteers his time collecting trash in his community to help keep both wild and companion animals safe.
Honorary Mention – Isabella Parsons
Ms. Parsons was saluted for her lifetime love of animals, as well as her volunteer duties on behalf of places like Mutt Rescue and Second Chance.  She also makes homemade toys or treats to deliver to shelters.  She lives with her family in South Hadley.
 
Meg Delaney – The Frances M. Wells Award. 
This award, named for the Greenfield Animal Shelter’s benefactor, is given to individuals recognized for notable contributions to the health and welfare of animals.  Ms. Delaney, a Springfield resident, has been a veterinary technician at Dakin Humane Society for seven years and was cited for her selfless compassion and her dedication to the care and rescue of animals, particularly vulnerable neonatal kittens.  She often brings at-risk kittens into her home to provide foster care, and has created her own social media pages to advocate for them.
Honorary Mention – Kelly Doktor
Ms. Doktor, of Westfield, volunteers for several organizations including the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Safe Haven Humane Society for Cats, and the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge.  She is a constant advocate for animals and, as a teacher, encourages her second-grade classroom to help animals too – with supply drives and other fun school projects.
 
Allison Strong – The Champion Award. 
This award honors a public servant who faithfully served and made life better for tens of thousands of animals and people in western Massachusetts.  Ms. Strong was commended for her work, both as an animal control officer and veterinary technician.  She is known to be compassionate in the toughest of circumstances, and to provide guidance for the proper care of animals.  Ms. Strong, who resides in Agawam, embodies the Dakin belief that people are good and will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding.
Honorary Mention – Ann Hurlburt
Ms. Hurlburt was praised for her longtime commitment to fostering at-risk shelter dogs and providing enrichment and behavior training.  Her dedication has saved the lives of dogs who need extraordinary care prior to being placed for adoption.  She has single handedly made Dakin’s Snip Trip program possible with her countless drives to pick up animals for clinic appointments whose people have no access to transportation.
 
According to Dakin’s Executive Director Carmine DiCenso, “This year has been a test of everyone’s spirits, and the shining examples set by these individuals inspire all of us.  Dakin is very proud to honor them for their incredible dedication to making the world a better place for animals and showing endless compassion for them.”
 
Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them. The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 20,000 animals each year and has performed more than 95,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it one of New England’s largest spay/neuter providers.  Dakin is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community.  For more information, visit www.dakinhumane.org.


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Dakin Humane Society Donates Disposable Gowns; Other Protective Equipment to Baystate Medical Center



Springfield, MA (3/21/20) – Dakin Humane Society donated its in-house quantity of disposable surgical gowns and booties, along with other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Baystate Medical Center in its efforts to curb the effects of COVID-19.

Dakin's Director of Operations Karina King stated, "We've seen news stories about the need for protective equipment being faced by those in human health care, so we reached out to Baystate Medical Center because they're local.

On Friday, March 20, several cases of equipment were carried out of Dakin's Springfield Adoption Center and loaded into a van and a trailer that brought the goods to Baystate. In addition to the gowns and booties, other items included nitrile examination gloves, surgical masks with attached face shields and caps.

According to King, "We anticipated that human health workers would need these supplies soon, so we recently stopped using disposable items at Dakin and found alternative equipment including smocks that could be laundered and re-used instead of being disposed of."

She concluded, "It's part of our responsibility as community members that when we have items that human health care workers need, we want to ensure that they have what they need to keep themselves, and us, healthy."

Dakin itself has felt the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and has restructured its staff to cover its most vital programs including adoptions, pet surrenders and emergency pet owner-requested euthanasia. While its two adoption centers are currently closed to the public, people seeking these services can call Dakin at (413) 781-4000 and staff will assist them.

Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them from its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA. The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 20,000 animals each year and has performed over 92,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it New England’s largest spay/neuter provider. Dakin is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community. For more information, visit www.dakinhumane.org.




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.





Dakin Humane Society Offering Dog Grooming at Springfield Adoption Center


Springfield, MA (3/13/19) – Dakin Humane Society now offers dog grooming services at its Springfield Adoption Center at 171 Union Street.  Dogs that weigh 45 pounds or less are welcome, and pricing starts at $45.  Half of the proceeds are donated to help animals at Dakin.
 
Grooming is by appointment only and can be booked by calling groomer Carol White at (413) 592-1775. Appointments are booked during day hours only.  Ms. White began her grooming career in 2008, and worked for two years as an animal care specialist in southern California.  She has been a volunteer groomer for Dakin for over a year.
 
Dogs brought in for grooming must be up to date on rabies, distemper and parvovirus vaccines.
 
Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them from its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA.  The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 12,000 animals each year and has performed more than 80,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it New England’s largest spay/neuter provider.  Dakin is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses.





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