The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society



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.

Take home a new or leased Subaru from Steve Lewis Subaru, and Dakin can get a $250 donation!

Dakin’s Black Fur-iday Adoption Event, the most-anticipated of the year, was a huge success! Doors opened at both our Springfield and Leverett adoption centers at 12:30pm on November 24, and by day’s end, 91 pets had found new homes

‘Tis the season of giving and Dakin Nation has been doing just that! Thanks to you, several Wish List items described on ornaments on our Giving Trees in Springfield and Leverett are being purchased and delivered here, and we are so grateful!

Many of us with dogs have probably said at one point that our dog saved us, makes our life worth living, or something similar. Thanks to our work with TADSAW (Train a Dog, Save a Warrior), Dakin is providing dogs, who are literally trained to save lives, to veterans in need.

November was Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and despite the fact that December is upon us, that message rings true 12 months a year.

Through your support of Dakin you help create a more humane community –providing shelter, care and love to animals in need. Our animals are more than our pets, they are family. They provide love and companionship, understanding, and support when we need it most.  Sometimes we seek out an animal, other times animals find us –either way, they change our lives completely. 

There's still time to change a life this #GivingTuesday!

Your gift today will help animals like Tristan get a new lease on life.
And thanks to a $23,000 MATCH by Marianne and Jim Gambaro your donation will go twice as far!