The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


Person adjusting dog's collar

It's likely these dogs have never known the comfort and safety of indoor living and have medical challenges ahead.

Small kitten wearing pink knit beanie

A group of kittens were living in the (mostly) enclosed underside of an outdoor staircase in frigid weather.  Kitten Street Team to the rescue!

Person holding cat at the shelter

Cookie, an indoor cat, had slipped outside and gotten lost. After five months, her family had given up hope. Then, the phone rang.

foster caregiver with young rat on their shoulder

Looking for an interesting friend to join your household for a little while?  You can help animals that need a little TLC before adoption by becoming a Dakin foster caregiver.

Dog in the snow with his tongue out

New Englanders have to take extra precautions when it comes to severe weather, especially those with companion animals.

Betty White sitting with a large dog

Shortly after her passing, the “Betty White Challenge” swept rapidly across social media as so many of her admirers felt inspired to celebrate her upcoming birthday through a collective act of kindness toward animals.

Two cats sharing a round bed

At Dakin, we have the privilege of witnessing the start of amazing friendships every time a shelter animal meets their new family, but the story doesn’t end there.

People smiling at cat in shelter

Companion animals deserve loving homes and any person who wants the joy of animal companionship in their life should have access to that option.

Young child plays vet at school

One volunteer got creative and provided an enriching day for her foster pets and her students.

Cats looking through window in shelter colony

We’ve got updates on special kitties who needed – and received – your help.

People with thank you packages for staff

Springfield College Students Show the Love for Animals...and People.

White and grey cat in holding kennel

Jayden found his hero adopter at a time he needed them most.

Elf on a shelf sitting on bags of cat food

It all started on a snowy December night in 2019 when we found a trail of glitter in our front lobby. We had no idea where it came from, but the next morning, it all became clear.

Small brown dog on person's elbow

What are your rights as a renter with a service or emotional support animal?

Black kitten reaches for gold ornament

Make the holidays joyous - and SAFE - this season!

Grey pitbull and veterinarian

From getting care to giving care, Zoe has come full circle.

Grey cat recovering from eye surgery

Maybe she won’t see you 100% with her eyes, but she will see you 110% with her heart.

Two small kittens sit in the back of a pet carrier

Dakin's Kitten Street Team takes on yet another challenge