About Dakin Humane Society


Dakin Humane Society is a 501 (c) (3) community-supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, and spay/neuter services to more than 20,000 animals each year. Since its inception in 1969, Dakin has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in the Pioneer Valley and a national leader in animal welfare.

Our Vision

A world where services that support the human-animal bond are accessible to all and companion animals are no longer vulnerable.

Our Mission

Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.

What We Believe

We believe people are good and will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding, and when they have enough information and resources.

Our Core Values

At Dakin, we have a set of core values that everyone involved with the organization shares and works every day to uphold. They are:

Integrity - We hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency, honesty, and respect in our words and actions. This means:
• Communicating with clarity and kindness to customers and colleagues
• Being transparent and collaborative in our work
• Acknowledging a shared commitment to improving lives

Compassion - We serve all people and animals with open hearts and open minds. This involves:
• Listening carefully to the challenges of others
• Placing ourselves in the shoes (and paws) of those connected to us
• Believing in the inherent good of people

Innovation - We seek new ideas and new ways of doing things, we are adaptable, and we enjoy building creative solutions in a sustainable way. This is achieved by:
• Welcoming ideas from all staff and volunteers
• Meeting challenges with a spirit of enthusiasm and optimism
• Remaining curious about new and better approaches to achieve our mission safely

How We're Funded

We do not receive any government funding nor are we funded or operated by any national humane organization. We rely solely on contributions from individuals who care about animals to bring our services to the community. We also depend on the dedication of nearly 600 volunteers who work alongside our staff to help us care for animals, deliver our programs, and govern our organization.

At Dakin, we realize we're not only here to serve the animals that need us, but also serve the people who love them.  As long as animals are dependent upon people, animal welfare will always be closely intertwined with the health of our community.  We value every interaction as an opportunity to demonstrate how we can treat all beings with care and respect.


Employer Identification Number:  20-5318898