COVID-19 Updates

If you are feeling sick or have had contact with anyone that has or might have COVID-19, please do not visit our facility. If you are sick but need access to emergency services such as Pet Food Aid, emergency rehoming of a pet, or euthanasia of a pet, please contact us at 413.781.4000 for assistance.


Our Springfield Animal Resource Center operates by appointment only.

Our Leverett Adoption Center remains temporarily closed.

Dakin continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic developments on both a global and local level. We believe the best source for information about COVID-19 and how to slow its spread can be found on the website for The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We recognize the role that our Animal Resource Center and clinics play as a resource for animals and people especially in a time of crisis. Dakin is taking additional measures to protect our clients, staff, volunteers and community from the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing face-to-face interactions while continuing to operate essential services.


Program Updates


Adoptions are operating by appointment only in Springfield. Our Leverett Adoption Center remains closed at this time.

All available animals are listed on our website. If you are interested in an animal, please submit an application online by clicking the pink “Adopt Me” button on the animal’s page.



Our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic is open and accepting appointments for dogs, cats, and rabbits. To book an appointment, please click here.


Our Curbside Vaccine Clinic operates by appointment only for select dates and times in Springfield. Our online calendar will show available dates and times as they are added.



Clinic PLUS at Dakin’s Springfield Animal Resource Center offers treatment packages for a limited number of common pet health issues by appointment only.



If you need to find a new home for a pet, please click here for information on rehoming options.



Grooming appointments are available in Springfield for dogs 45 pounds and under with a current rabies vaccination certificate.



As we continue to operate our essential services at this time, we can only do so because of your support.  All donations - regardless of the amount - will be imperative in the weeks and months ahead and will help keep people and pets together during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your generosity.

Online donations can be made here.

Or you can mail a gift to:

Dakin Humane Society
PO Box 6307
Springfield, MA 01101-6307


At this time, we are limited to accepting donations of unopened pet food and items from our online wish lists. Visit our AmazonSmile and Chewy wish lists here.

If you would like to donate unopened pet food or items found on our wish list in person, Dakin's Springfield Animal Resource Center accepts donations daily between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in a blue bin outside our main doors. Tax receipts are also available outdoors for your records.

Donations cannot be accepted at Dakin's Leverett Adoption Center at this time.

Thank you for your generosity!



Dakin’s Pet Food Aid Program has dog and cat food available to people who are struggling to feed their pets. Dakin’s mission is to keep people and pets together, and our Pet Food Aid Program is here for you!

If you are in need of food for your dogs or cats, please do the following:

  1. Visit Dakin at 171 Union Street in Springfield Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to collect your pet food. Wait times may be extended and your desired food type may not be available, but we will do our best to help you.
  2. Please do not call Dakin as we are operating on limited staff.
  3. When you enter Dakin’s parking lot, follow the posted instructions. Bring a cell phone with you, as you will need to call the designated phone number to get assistance. The food will be delivered to your car by Dakin staff members, who will maintain social distance.

The food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and is available while supplies last. The amount of food you receive should feed your pet for a month.



If your pet is in crisis and needs humane euthanasia, we can help. For the fastest response, please email us at and include your name and phone number. If you don't have internet access, call Dakin in advance at (413) 781-4000. Leave your name, pet’s information, and a callback number. We will return your call as soon as possible.


COVID-19 And Your Pets

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), it is extremely rare for a domestic pet to become ill from COVID-19. There is no evidence to suggest that a domestic pet can pass the virus to humans.

Emergency Preparedness

Pet parents are encouraged to develop an emergency preparedness plan for their pets should someone in your home become ill or hospitalized. Please select an individual designated to care for your pet in the event of an emergency and pack a “Go Bag” for your animal(s) with at least two weeks of pet supplies.