About Dakin Humane Society

Dakin Humane Society is a 501 (c) (3) community supported animal welfare organization that provides shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people 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 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.
Compassion We serve all people and animals with open, compassionate hearts and minds.
Optimism We meet challenges with a spirit of enthusiasm and optimism.
Innovation We seek out new ways of doing things and embrace change.
Effectiveness     We work in a way that gets results as efficiently as possible.


How We are 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.

You Can Help

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.

Together we create a community that cares for animals.  Please, join us. 

Dakin Humane Society Springfield Adoption Center
Dakin Humane Society, Springfield, MA

Your contributions are welcome at both our Springfield and Leverett locations.

Dakin Humane Society Leverett Adoption Center
Dakin Humane Society, Leverett, MA


Employer Identification Number:  20-5318898