The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


Veterinarian hands examining young cat

Here’s what you need to know if you need to take your pet to the vet.

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Norma lives in Florida, but being part of the Guardian Society makes her feel more connected to Dakin than ever before.

Staff members outside airport with luggage

Dakin's team spent a week working alongside animal welfare professionals whose everyday reality is completely different from shelters in the northeast.

Cat resting on fleece blanket

When Vanessa experienced a financial hardship that forced her to move, she was immediately struck with a second painful realization.

Staff member surprises two kids with new kitten

When Damian and Oren delivered donations to Dakin's Springfield Animal Resource Center, they had no idea what was about to happen next.

People holding a kitten and a rabbit

“Fostering isn’t always just snuggling and playing with adorable pets all day. In some cases, it’s also providing daily care, medications, driving to and from Dakin vet appointments, monitoring their food intake, weight, activity, and more.”

Close up of newborn puppy

Yeich, an 18-month-old pit bull, was laboring and unable to deliver her pups.  Desperate, her people rushed her to Dakin’s Community Spay/Neuter Clinic where she was hurried into surgery for emergency surgery.

People sitting with dog outside

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, we're getting back together to throw our 6th annual dog party, Barks & Brews, at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton!

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This month marks Carmine DiCenso's fifth year as Dakin Humane Society's Executive Director.

Dog with veterinarian

What's a Trichobezoar? Has my pet ever had Ptyalism? Check out this list of strange veterinary terms that just make sense.

Close up of dog with tongue out

Pablo’s happy ending is one of many. And, thanks to your ongoing support, won’t be the last.

Group of small kittens on stuffed animals

Marie cares for a colony of feral cats in her neighborhood. She knows each one individually and loves them all. When she realized that her colony was expanding beyond what she could care for, she reached out to the Kitten Street Team for help.

Despite the large number of animals we were caring for at Dakin, when we heard of an emergency at a shelter in Texas, we knew we needed to help.

Join us in a celebration of pets and people.

The answer to a pet's severe behavior problem isn't always a new home.

When Lasagna arrived at Dakin, he had no idea that he was about to embark on the training adventure of a lifetime.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 20 million families in the United States adopted a pet. As people return to work in person, word began to spread that adopted animals were being brought back to shelters.

Lucy's story is one of so many, as more than 60% of the animals that come to Dakin need extraordinary care and resources provided by the P.A.W.S. Program.

The deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial, and geographic boundaries, and no one should be denied the benefits, joy, and sense of well-being that come with the human/animal bond - a philosophy that Dakin wholeheartedly supports.

Dakin's Kitten Street Team is working to keep feral cats safe and protected from unwanted litters and diseases like Rabies and Distemper. One volunteer recalls a special cat who needed help, but not in the way the TNR team expected.