COVID-19 Updates

Dakin Humane Society is keeping a close watch on COVID-19 developments on both a world-wide and local level.  We believe the best source for information about COVID-19 and how to halt its spread can be found on the website for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We recognize the role that our adoption center and clinics play as a resource for animals and people especially in a time of crisis. Like healthcare workers, we have hundreds of animals in our care every day and are taking steps to keep our limited staff healthy while complying with the CDC, state and government requirements. 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 only core essential services. Please continue to check this web page for Dakin's COVID-19 updates.

Springfield and Leverett Adoption Centers Temporarily Closed to Visitors & Volunteers

In an effort to consolidate staffing and focus on animal care needs, we are temporarily closing our Adoption Centers to visitors and volunteers.

Pet Food Aid Program, Adoptions, Vaccine Clinic, Clinic PLUS, Rehoming an Animal & Humane Euthanasia

Pet Food Aid Program


Dakin’s Pet Food Aid Program has dog and cat food which is available to people who are struggling to feed their beloved 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 pm and 5 pm 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 for essential services only.
  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 the recommended social distancing space

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. Thank you for your cooperation.


Animals are still available for adoption by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please email

Give your name, pet’s information and a callback number. 

We will not be allowing social or casual visits to shelter animals.

Vaccine Clinic

Dakin is currently holding curbside vaccine clinics by appointment only. Click here for more information.

Clinic PLUS

Dakin is currently conducting Clinic PLUS visits by appointment only.  Click here for more information.

Rehoming a Pet

If you have a pet that needs to be rehomed, or have found a pet, please visit our Rehoming a Pet page for further information on rehoming options.

Humane Euthanasia

If your pet is in crisis and needs humane euthanasia, we can help.  For the fastest response, please email us at and include your phone number and name.  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 calls as soon as possible.


Bringing a free-roaming cat to Dakin:

If you have found a free-roaming adult cat that is not injured or in distress, please remember that most free-roaming cats have a home.  To prevent unnecessary animal surrenders to Dakin at this time, please check this information (

If You are Sick and Need Our Services

If you are feeling ill 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 Bank Aid, emergency rehoming of a pet, or euthanasia of a pet please contact us at 413.781.4000 so we can find a way to help you.

Other Program Updates

Community Spay/Neuter Clinic:


The Community Spay/Neuter Clinic has now re-opened bookings for dogs. All appointments must be paid in full at the time of scheduling.

For more information about booking a spay/neuter appointment for your dog, click here

For more information about booking a spay/neuter appointment for your cat, click here

For more information about booking a spay/neuter appointment for your rabbit, click here

Our teams are working to ensure that safety procedures and social distancing/protective protocols are in place at our Clinic. We appreciate your patience and support.
For more



Dog Grooming Services:


We are pleased to announce we have resumed dog grooming services at Dakin’s Springfield Adoption Center!  Dogs 45 pounds and under are welcome and MUST have a current rabies vaccination certificate for appointments. Tags or other documentation will not be accepted. Dogs are also required to be up to date on distemper and parvo vaccines. Please note that clients will not be entering the building for appointments only the ones with fur are permitted at this time to enter the building.
For information on grooming packages, please click here
Grooming appointments are scheduled on Saturday, Sunday and Monday only. To schedule an appointment, please call Carol at 413-592-1775.

The following programs have been temporarily suspended:

Tuesday/Thursday Walk-in Medical Clinics

Effective March 20, 2020, Dakin will be suspending its Tuesday & Thursday morning Walk-in Medical Clinics.  We hope to reactivate this program soon and encourage you to check this page for updates.  Thank you for your patience.

Diamonds in the Ruff Thrift Shoppe Temporarily Suspended:

Dakin has temporarily closed all thrift store transactions at this time, and requests that you not bring donations for the shop.  We hope to reopen the shop soon and thank you for your patience.  Please check this page for updates.

Fostering Animals

We have received many inquiries from people interested in helping out by fostering Dakin animals.  First, we thank you for your interest, but as of now (March 2020), our needs have been met by our existing foster caregivers, and we thank them for their dedication!

These volunteers have already stepped up to take animals into their homes that are not ready for adoption yet.  In fact we have more of them waiting to welcome these animals than we have animals, which is very fortunate!

The animals in our Springfield Adoption Center are being adopted at a good rate.  We’re pleased to see them going into new homes.

While we have temporarily suspended our foster orientation program, we would be happy to train new Dakin foster caregivers once we reopen that program.  Keep an eye on this web page for updates about when that will happen.

Thanks again for your interest.

If you would like to help in some other way, please consider any of the following options:

Make a donation online or by mail to:

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

Donate a much-needed item from our Amazon Wish List

Adopt a Dakin animal - see who we have here

Share our social media posts about adoptable animals so more people can see them: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

How You Can Help


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 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

Essential Items

Pet food and items directly from our Amazon Wish List will be essential in continuing to provide for our animals and operate much-needed services like our Pet Food Aid Program to ensure people with food insecurity have food for their pets. To avoid unnecessary travel and exposure we highly encourage items to be purchased online from our Amazon Wish List.

We ask that only items on our Amazon Wish List be purchased at this time, thank you.

If you would like to donate items noted on our Amazon Wish List but prefer to drop them at Dakin’s Springfield location (Leverett is not a designated donation site at this time), please bring them to 171 Union Street and place them in the blue bin outside the main door.  Receipts are available in the literature holder on the wall to the left of the bin. 

We will NOT BE ACCEPTING LINENS (BED SHEETS, BLANKETS, COMFORTERS OR TOWELS), gently used or any thrift store items at this time. Please refrain from dropping them off. They will be discarded.


Thank you for your donations!


COVID-19 And Your Pets

While the focus of COVID-19 health issues has been on people, there have been questions raised about whether or not pets can become infected by - or become carriers of - COVID-19.  

Please download COVID-19 FAQ below for information about the virus and pets.

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


Thank you for helping to keep our staff safe so that we can tend to those currently in our care and remain as a resource to our community during these unprecedented times.