Support Dakin's innovative programs and services that help keep pets and people together by attending our lineup of annual events.

Will Run For Cookies

May 7, 2023

Will Run for Cookies is an exciting 5K run/walk to benefit Dakin Humane Society. Alongside your canine companion, run or walk the 5K course in Westfield's beautiful Stanley Park. Get rewarded for your fundraising efforts leading up to the event - prizes are given to top fundraisers! Learn more about Dakin's Will Run for Cookies 5K.

September 10, 2023

Say hello to fall at Dakin's signature event, Barks & Brews at Easthampton's Fort Hill Brewery! The event known as the dog party of the year is an outdoor event for humans (21+) and canines! No dog? No problem. Enjoy vendors, beer, food trucks, canine activities, treats, and more beer! Take your BFF (human or canine) for an afternoon of dogs, food, and fun!


September 10, 2023

The Humane Awards are awarded annually, in recognition of individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of animals and people. The honorees represent all ages and walks of life and demonstrate their commitment and concern for animals through their life and work. The Humane Awards honor members of the community who share Dakin's belief that the way we treat animals reflects the health of our community. The Humane Awards recipients are announced during the annual Barks & Brews event.

November 4, 2023

Come walk in a Whisker Wonderland with local vendors and their pet-centric crafts at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA. This holiday craft fair is meant to attract pet lovers across Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. With a focus on gifts inspired by our furry friends, Dakin's unique Whisker Wonderland event is bound to become a holiday tradition.

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If you are interested in being a vendor at Dakin's events, contact Kaitlyn Holloway, Community Engagement Manager at or 413-781-4000 ext. 118.