The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


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.

Few things hit harder than the loss of a pet. Many people have said their pet passing away was more painful than losing a parent, sibling, or friend. Why is that? And if we feel that way, does that mean something’s wrong with us?  Absolutely not.

For years, animal lovers have received mixed messages about animal shelters and breeders, leading to confusion about what to do. The answer isn’t black and white.

10 years ago, a powerful tornado carved a 39-mile path through Downtown Springfield and surrounding communities. We're looking back on Dakin's role as a safe space for pets and people during an unexpected crisis.

Read how organizations work together to help animals.

Show your support for local restaurants and local companion animals!

The pandemic forced Dakin to make swift and significant changes to the way we operate. Over the last year, we noticed a big change in the animals we care for.

Keep your pets safe from flea and tick-borne illnesses this summer with regular check-ups and preventative care.

It’s natural for pet lovers to want to help an animal in need. Many people believe that if they see a cat outside who maybe even visits for meals every day, they need help. Usually, they don’t!

Check out our cheatsheet when it comes to your bud's best behavior at gatherings involving food.

What better way to answer this question than with a blog written by a dog? (His human helped, a little.)

The #ByMySide 31-Day Activity Challenge kicks off May 1, but registration is open now. How far will you go to help animals?

Peanut and his people got the big news during his recent visit to Clinic PLUS at Dakin's Springfield Animal Resource Center.

Sadie and her people were caught by surprise when it was time to pick her up from Dakin's Community Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Staying active and healthy in the face of a pandemic isn't easy. One volunteer turned to her cats for inspiration.

The Springfield City Council unanimously passed a proposed ban on the retail sale of domestic pets. The item will now move to the desk of Domenic Sarno, Springfield’s Mayor.

As the warm weather approaches, get to know common house plants and what types are safe around your pets.

Everyday shopping through AmazonSmile can have a big impact on the animals at Dakin Humane Society at no cost to you. Learn how you can help!

Keeping up with your pet's preventative healthcare as well as extra play and snuggle time has health benefits for pet parents, too.

Animals are less stressed, and people have better experiences.