The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


Anyone with a dog or cat is probably very familiar with the sight of their huge, pleading eyes watching as you enjoy a tasty dinner or snack. They certainly know how to look just pitiful enough to tempt us to share a bite or two with them, but that isn't a good idea. In fact, some “people food” is actually toxic to our beloved pets. Here's a rundown of food dangers for pets...


April 8-14 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. It’s important to keep in mind that, in certain circumstances, the most unlikely dog may exhibit aggressive behavior or bite. More than 4 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, most often by dogs they know. We’d like to offer some tips to help prevent dog bites, or prevent your dog from injuring someone.



When a beloved pet passes away, we each process the grief in ways that are as individual as we are.  There are no "acceptable time periods" of mourning that we mustn't exceed, nor are there exact steps to take.  Author Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio offers some helpful tips for those of us navigating this difficult time.



Away from the hustle and bustle of the adoption floor at our Springfield location, you’ll find many offices at Dakin inhabited by staff members who work in animal care, operations, marketing, development and other departments. And in many of those offices you’ll find an assistant who gets away with sleeping on the job. These are our Dakin office cats.



Mimi is a 3 year old cat who was recently brought to Dakin as a stray. The medical examination given to her upon intake revealed that she had a broken tooth that needed removal to prevent complications. Thanks to a recent grant from Banfield Foundation, Mimi was able to receive the help she needed.



The supportive role of dogs in our lives has never been more prominent than it is now. As a society we have designated some to be service dogs, some are therapy pets, and others are emotional support animals. But what part does each play?


Accountant, Volunteer, Teacher, Foster Caregiver, Wife, Mom and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Dakin...does this woman ever sleep?

These 2 crazy kids are in love, and wedding fever is in the air...


We’ve been fortunate in the past to have the public give us top honors in the Valley Advocate’s “Best Of” readers’ poll, and we hope to capture the #1 spot in 2018!



Our friends at Paw Street Barkery are sharing this terrific recipe for dog biscuits.  Just in time for Valentine's Day, Nela's "Love Bird" Triple Berry Treats will earn you some big points with your pup!


If you’re considering adopting a small pet (non-dog and non-cat), Dakin has lots of different options.  Which one is right for you and your family?  We want to help you make a choice that makes everyone, especially your new pet, happy.

Patrick Bukowski was always a dog person. Until three years ago when he and his partner Cindy moved to an old house in Enfield and thought it might be practical to adopt a couple of “mousers.”

“Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz wrote that line decades ago, and on two consecutive weekends it proved to be true during Dakin’s first-ever Puppy Pop-Up events.


As a Dakin supporter you change lives every day.  This special New Year message highlights what we are looking forward to in 2018 and shares with you some of the favorite staff and volunteer moments of 2017.  

All of this wouldn't be possible without you and we can't thank you enough!

At Dakin we’re always looking for ways to improve our efforts on behalf of animals and find homes for each healthy and adoptable one in our care. But what do you do when some of them just aren’t meant for domestic life?

When self-proclaimed “Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy (star of TV’s “My Cat From Hell” and founder of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation) gives you the chance to enroll in his 2018 Cat Pawsitive program, you know you’re on the road to helping more animals!

What a year Dakin has had…innovative and life-saving.  We rescued animals at risk, implemented new programs, served our community (and their pets), perfected new surgeries and more.  And this was all made possible by people like you who care enough to adopt, volunteer, foster, support and donate.

It took 861 shifts over 20 ½ weeks from June through November to treat 277 patients.  2017 was a very busy year for Nick’s Nursery.

“You and Dakin may be our last hope, and Roxie's as well,” the email read.  “I hope you can help.”  When Dakin's Executive Director Carmine DiCenso read the message sent by Paul St. Pierre last month, he was moved by Paul's plight and sprang into action.