The Official Blog of Dakin Humane Society


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A Tiny Survivor

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.

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Barks & Brews: Back Together

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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Carmine DiCenso: Looking Back and Ahead

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

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Vet Vocab - Weird Words in Veterinary Science

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

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A Community at Work: Helping Pablo

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

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Kitten Street Team Works to Create a Safe Community for Feral Cats

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.

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Dakin Joins in Massive Life-Saving Animal Transport

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.

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Dakin Day is August 1

Join us in a celebration of pets and people.

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What is Behavioral Euthanasia?

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

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Dakin Cat Stars in Jackson Galaxy Training Series

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

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PET PANIC: Are Adopted Shelter Animals Being Returned?

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.

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The Extra Mile - Lucy's Story

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.

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The Role of Social Injustice in Accessing Pet Resources

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.

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Kitten Street Team - Trapping the Elusive Tori

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.

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Pet Grief is Different for Everyone

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.

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Are All Breeders Bad?

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.

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10 Years - Looking Back on the 2011 Tornado

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.

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Partnering Saves Lives

Read how organizations work together to help animals.

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Get Your Paws on the Town

Show your support for local restaurants and local companion animals!

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The Post-Pandemic World of Shelter 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.

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