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Bunny Holly


American


Location: Springfield


Gender: Male


Age: 4 years


Some of you might chuckle when you hear my name, at least those of you old enough to remember my namesake, Buddy Holly, of 1950's rock and roll fame. Maybe my name is someone's attempt to put a lighthearted twist onto my story, which begins with me roaming the streets as a stray. Now I am no streetwise thug bunny with the smarts to survive the many dangers of modern suburbia--I'm simply lucky to have been found by a kind person and brought to safety in time. Sometimes I'm still spooked by those days on the street; I tend to startle easily at loud noises and fast movements and will choose "flight" over "fight" every time I feel threatened. I would do best in a quiet home with someone who will let me come around in my own time. Once I get to know and trust you, I enjoy petting and also have excellent litterbox habits. Maybe you're the backup singer – I mean adopter – I've been waiting for. Hope to meet you soon!





Dakin Accepting Humane Award Nominations Through July 31



Awards to Honor People Who Improve the Lives of Animals in Their Community



Springfield, MA (5/8/20) – Dakin Humane Society is accepting nominations from the public for its Dakin Humane Awards until July 31. Nominees should be people who go out of their way to care for animals in need; people who volunteer to help animals; or people and/or animals who have provided significant public service or shown courage in a crisis.
Finalists in each of the award categories will be picked from among the nominees and notified of their selection in August. The award ceremony will be live streamed at a later date in the fall, and one winner in each of the categories will be announced.

There are five awards to be bestowed. They are:

1) Frances M. Wells Award – This award is given to an individual recognized for notable contributions to the health and welfare of animals.

2) Youth Award – This award honors a hero, 16 years or younger, whose extraordinary care and compassion makes a difference in the life of an animal, and makes the world a kinder and gentler place.

3) Champion Award – This award is given to a public servant who makes life better for tens of thousands of animals and people in their community. This award recognizes their dedication and compassion on behalf of animals and people in need.
4) Richard and Nathalie Woodbury Philanthropy Award – This award pays homage to an individual who displays a remarkable sense of stewardship in sharing time, talent and financial resources to improve the lives of animals and people who love them.

5) Animal Hero Award – This award recognizes an exceptional animal and handler (when applicable) whose valor and extraordinary devotion to people proved lifesaving in disastrous or challenging heath circumstances.

“Originally, we had planned to present the 2020 Humane Awards in May,” said Dakin's Director of Development and Marketing, Stacey Price. “Then the COVID-19 pandemic made that gathering impossible, so we are planning a live stream awards ceremony sometime this fall, which will be announced soon. We are extending our nomination period, and with so many acts of kindness being offered among people these days, we are hoping some folks will nominate someone whose good deeds have helped an animal, as well as the people who love that animal.”
She continued, “For example, it could be someone who cared for a pet while that pet's person was hospitalized with the virus. Maybe someone organized a fundraiser to help a person keep their pet when faced with sudden unemployment. There are many people who have volunteered at animal shelters, so their dedication could lead to a nomination for them as well. We hope people will nominate someone they know who deserves recognition.”

Nominations are being accepted online only at http://bit.ly/2NOcgps. Mail-in nominations will not be accepted. Nominees should be residents of central or western Massachusetts or northern Connecticut.
After July 31, nominations will be reviewed by Dakin Humane Society’s directors and staff, and finalists will be selected. After that, a panel of independent judges will select the winners by voting in each category. The decisions will be based solely on the content of the nomination forms. Nominators are asked to provide thoughtful, concise and specific examples of their nominees’ efforts on behalf of animals.

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 is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses. For more information, visit www.dakinhumane.org.


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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.




DAKIN HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES 20 PALLETS OF DONATED DOG AND CAT FOOD TO HELP COMMUNITY STRUGGLING TO FEED PETS



Generous Donation From GreaterGood.org Will Help People Financially Affected by COVID-19 or Other Hardships to Feed Their Pets and Stay Together

Springfield, MA (4/2/20) -- GreaterGood.org donated 43,000 pounds of dog and cat food to Dakin Humane Society last week to augment its Pet Food Aid Program, which provides free dog and cat food for people struggling to feed their pets, whether from COVID-19-related issues or other financial hardships, according to an announcement from Dakin’s Executive Director Carmine DiCenso.

GreaterGood.org reached out to several organizations on March 20 with whom they had partnered in the past to offer the food, with the stipulation that it be used to help people facing crises feeding their pets.  “Within a half hour we were on the phone with GreaterGood.org,” said DiCenso. “They asked us to fill out an online grant request for the food, which we did immediately, and within a few days we heard that we would be receiving some of their pet food for our program.  It arrived on March 27. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by GreaterGood.org in providing this pet food,” continued DiCenso.  “Dakin is a committed member of our community and our mission is keeping people and pets together. It’s more important than ever to have a loyal and loving pet by your side because they’re very soothing companions. We want to help keep people and pets together and provide support in times of need.”

The food, which consists of Eukanuba dry dog food and a limited supply of Royal Canin canned Persian Loaf cat food, was sent by truck on 20 pallets to Dakin’s Springfield Adoption Center and was brought into the building by a forklift truck, which was generously loaned to Dakin.  The food will become available to the public beginning Friday, April 3. The amount of food people receive should feed their pet for about a month.

People wishing to pick up pet food must make an appointment online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXZ7eolIq7z6uvxGvZd5aNz2wC7P666p5E2g99Ybt1EJmh3A/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1.  

When they arrive at their appointed time at Dakin’s Springfield Adoption Center at 171 Union Street, the food will be delivered to their car by Dakin staff members, who will maintain the recommended social distancing space.  

The food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and is available while supplies last.  The online reservation is especially important, as it allows Dakin staff to know what type of food is being requested so they can plan accordingly.
 
For several years Dakin’s Pet Food Aid Program has been providing cat and dog food from its shelter and delivering it to food banks around the Pioneer Valley.  The GreaterGood.org donation is especially helpful, as some of those organizations have either shut down entirely, or have limited staff who are focusing on providing food for people only at this time.

According to DiCenso, Dakin has already seen an uptick in requests for pet food due to the economic complications caused by the COVID-19 virus, and some people are picking up pet food for family or friends who are self-quarantining. Additionally, Governor Baker’s order to keep non-essential businesses closed through May 4 has impacted several people with pets who have lost their jobs or had work hours reduced.

DiCenso stated, “Dakin is proud to provide this essential service during this pandemic and be a resource for people in need.”

Dakin is taking additional measures to protect its clients, staff and community from the spread of COVID-19 by operating only core essential services at this time.  In addition to the Pet Food Aid Program, these services include:

? Emergency animal surrenders
? Adoptions by appointment only
? Emergency euthanasia for animals suffering or at the end of life

The organization has temporarily suspended its Vaccine and Microchip Clinic, Walk In Medical Clinic and Community Spay/Neuter Clinic until further notice.

“The food from GreaterGood.org is a fantastic gift, but we still need public support to keep all our services ongoing and helping our neighbors, their pets, and as many people in our community as possible,” remarked DiCenso.  “If people want to make a donation, please visit https://www.dakinhumane.org/make-a-donation.html.”  

Dakin has an Amazon Wish List, which enables people to purchase pet food for animals in need at https://amzn.to/2JJUelA.  DiCenso also encourages people to reach out to their local pet food stores to ask if they would be interested in contributing to Dakin’s Pet Food Aid Program.  If so, they should email development@dakinhumane.org or call (413) 781-4000 x 3.

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 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.




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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