Bringing an Animal to Dakin

Before thinking about bringing your animal to Dakin, think about placing her on your own. This information will help.  If relinquishment of your animal to our adoption center sounds like the best option, call us and we will schedule an admission appointment. It's important to not wait until the last minute to call, as it may take a day or longer to arrange admission.

The 4 Steps to Bringing an Animal to Dakin

  • Call one of our adoption centers for an appointment: Springfield, 413-781-4000; Leverett, 413-548-9898.
  • Thoughtfully complete an incoming animal profile (see below for downloadable versions).
  • Bring your groomed pet with you to the appointment, along with recent veterinary records.
  • Come prepared to make a donation to Dakin to help us care for your animal. This is a gift, not a fee, but we rely on contributions to help animals. Please, give generously.

Why do I need an appointment?

Dakin needs your help to save animals’ lives. Planning for the arrival of animals through an appointment system helps us manage the limited amount of space we have available in our adoption centers.

What if I have found a stray dog?

If you have found a stray dog, please call your local animal control officer. In Springfield and many surrounding communities, the animal control agency is the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. Dakin will only accept stray dogs after they have stayed their required 7 days with an animal control officer. This helps stray dogs find their original families more easily.

Animals who will not be placed up for adoption:

  • Animals with a history of biting people or attacking other animals.
  • Animals who exhibit aggressive or unsocial behavior.
  • Animals who are determined to be physically or behaviorally unsuitable for adoption, including extremely fearful animals and cats with unresolved house soiling behaviors.

Please phone us before bringing these animals to the adoption center. Our behavior staff may be able to help you improve your animal’s behavior so that you are able to keep him. We can discuss all the options available to you, including euthanasia.

What if my animal’s status changes during his stay at Dakin?

Changes in your animal’s status could come from further observation of his physical or emotional condition during his stay with us. If we determine that the animal is no longer a candidate for our adoption program due to his deteriorating physical or emotional condition, we will euthanize him.

At the time you relinquish ownership of the animal to Dakin, you will be given the option to reclaim him should we determine that his only available option is to be euthanized. You will have 24 hours from the time of our phone call or message to reclaim the animal from our care.

No animal will be released from the care of Dakin without being spayed or neutered first. You must pay for this service at our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic if it is necessary, prior to our releasing the animal back into your care.

What if I change my mind and want my animal back?

Call us at 413-781-4000 (Springfield) or 413-548-9898 (Leverett) to discuss options that may be available to reclaim your animal. In order to return him to you, your animal must still be in Dakin's care. We will not retrieve an animal from an adoptive home to return him to you. 

Note that no animal will be released from our care without being spayed or neutered first. You must pay for this service at our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic if it becomes necessary, prior to our releasing the animal back into your care.

A Word about the Rights of People with Disabilities to Keep Service Animals

If you have a disability and require the assistance of a service animal, you have the right to keep that animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), even in rental housing, motel rooms, or other accommodations that might not otherwise allow pets. It is against the law for the owner of rental property or a motel to charge a pet fee or pet deposit for any service animal.