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Due to concerns about COVID-19, Dakin Humane Society has temporarily closed both its Adoption Centers in Springfield and Leverett to visitors and volunteers.  Adoptions and surrenders are still being conducted, but both are by appointment only at this time.  People must phone Dakin at 413.781.4000 to book an appointment.  For ongoing updates about services (emergency and non-emergency) being provided by Dakin at this time, please visit https://www.dakinhumane.org/covid-19-updates.html


Sadie


Office Assistant


Domestic Shorthair
Location: Springfield
Gender: Female
Age: 6 years


About Me:  My previous home described me as talkative, affectionate and independent, with my best quality being a chatty love bug. I am accustomed to living indoors with an adult. I need to be your only kitty. Please call the adoption staff at 413.781.4000 to talk further about my behavioral needs and my fabulous personality!





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 Announces Change in Adoption Center Open Hours


Springfield, MA (2/26/20) – Dakin Humane Society has announced a change in its hours at both adoption centers in Springfield and Leverett, MA. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Leverett Adoption Center will be closed, and the Springfield Adoption Center will have a delayed opening at 2:00 p.m.

According to Executive Director Carmine DiCenso, “This slight change in our hours was decided upon to provide our staff with some additional training time. More animals being brought to Dakin have behavioral and medical complications that require specific training. Our staff is dedicated to providing that specialized care that will help these animals become adoption candidates.”

Changes will be in effect on these dates in 2020:
Wednesday, March 4
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, May 6
Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, August 5
Wednesday, September 2
Wednesday, October 7
Wednesday, November 4
Wednesday, December 2

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 to Provide Care for Senior Dogs



Springfield, MA (9/4/19) – Dakin Humane Society has received a grant for more than $7,000 from the Grey Muzzle Organization to help senior dogs.  The grant funds will be used to provide preventive, diagnostic and dental care. 

According to Dakin’s Executive Director Carmine DiCenso, “Dakin, like so many other shelters, treats a large number of senior animals with medical complications. In the past couple of years we have acquired both x-ray and dental equipment, and with support like this from the Grey Muzzle Organization, we can work more effectively on behalf of senior animals, and get them the second chance they all deserve.  We appreciate the Grey Muzzle Organization’s generosity.”
 
Dakin was one of 62 animal welfare organizations chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs.  The groups received a total of nearly $419,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs in communities nationwide.
 
In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”
 
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Dakin Humane Society make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Dakin.”
 
About The Grey Muzzle Organization
The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. For details, please visit www.greymuzzle.org
 
About Dakin Humane Society
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.  Dakin’s Community Spay/Neuter Clinic has treated more than 89,000 animals since it opened in 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. 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.




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.






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