The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


Read all about Dr. Sherri's incredible work helping animals on the storm-ravaged island

Former triathlon, friend of Janet Dakin and busy Carole DeMetre!

Last spring, Dakin's Executive Director Carmine DiCenso got a memorable phone call...Dakin Humane Society was going solar!

When Christine King was a child, she wasn’t an animal fan. “My brother had a guinea pig. We had a bird. But my grandmother had the cat from hell,” she recalls. “I was terrified of that cat when I was growing up.”  Learn how things changed for her.

"If they want to sniff every leaf or would rather trot along, that's fine. Sometimes we just sit on a wall and talk," says Linda Noftall about her dog-walking days at Dakin. 

A champion for the her story!

Oh wow...80 thou!

Dakin's Community Spay/Neuter Clinic welcomed our 80,000th patient earlier this month, a seven month old miniature schnauzer named Sasha, who lives in Springfield.

Kittens are the comedians of the universe, and the laughs (and sighs of adoration) were plentiful when Dakin held its first-ever Kitten Pop Up Event on Saturday, March 3. A litter of 6-week old kittens in foster care were recruited for the fundraiser, during which people sat on the floor in groups of 10 to enjoy their feline antics.  Are you in any of these photos?


Mary Dudley helps kittens in Nick's Nursery, trains adult cats through Jackson Galaxy's Cat Pawsitive Pro program, and opens her home as a foster caregiver.  Hard to believe she grew up pet-less because she was allergic to both dogs and cats!  



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.



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?

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.


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.

“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.