For the Animals - Leadership Giving Society

Kathy Osborne, member of the For the Animals Leadership Giving Society

Dakin’s For The Animals Leadership Giving Society recognizes our most passionate and loyal friends whose invaluable support totals over $750 cumulatively in a calendar year.

For The Animals Leadership gifts are dynamic and have the flexibility to be directed wherever they are needed most. These critical funds have an extraordinary impact on our work together and our ability to operate core programs and services including the Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, vaccine clinics and Clinic PLUS, Dakin's Kitten ICU, Pet Food Aid Program, Foster care, and more.

Members receive special behind-the-scenes access and benefits to see how they are enhancing the well-being of animals in their community and improving the lives of those in need. Year after year, our Leadership Society members demonstrate a level of generosity that is truly transformative for the lives they touch. You'll be part of a compassionate community of like-minded friends who share the same commitment to animals and together believe in elevating the lives of animals and the people who love them.

For more information about our For The Animals Leadership Giving Society, or if you are interested in accessing your benefits please contact Stacey Price, Director of Development and Marketing at or call 413.781.4000 ext. 121

"As a life-long animal lover, I admire the work Dakin does to support pets and the people who love them. From pet food assistance programs to the spay/neuter clinic, I know our donation makes a difference to our neighbors and the entire region." —Kathy Osborne, Dakin Leadership Society member

FOR THE ANIMALS, The Leadership Giving Society Levels

President’s Circle Level $50,000+

Dakin Pioneer Level $10,000 - $49,999

Hero Level $5,000 - $9,999

Loyal Companion Level $750 - $4,999


Benefits at all levels are available upon request, based on resources, and may be subject to change during the year. You may opt out of benefits or remain anonymous if you prefer.

As a For the Animals Leadership Giving Society Member, you will feel even closer to our mission by experiencing it firsthand. Maybe you’ve always wanted to accompany a Dakin member as they provide care or services to the animals you help support. Perhaps you’d like to learn how your gift transforms feline lives while sitting at tea with our Executive Director. Or see what happens behind-the-scenes with a personalized tour through our facility and Community Spay and Neuter Clinic. Perhaps you have a challenging animal behavior issue for our animal behavior experts, whose rehabilitative work is made possible by your gifts. These are just a few of the experiences available to you through our For the Animals Leadership Giving Society. They are our way of saying thank you - for continuing to support animals in need and the people who love them and for expressing your personal passion for animals as our deeply valued philanthropic partner.

Each entry level listed below includes the level above it. For example, the Dakin Pioneer Level also includes the benefits listed as a Hero and Loyal Companion Level.


> Loyal Companion Level $750 - $4,999

Meet other animal advocates at our exclusive annual For the Animals Leadership Society Lunch, held at our Springfield Adoption Center with special guest speakers.

Sit in the company of and meet fellow animal lovers over a cup of tea while joining our Executive Director, Carmine DiCenso, at our Animal Resource Center in Springfield. Sip on tea while Carmine shares our latest lifesaving trends, unique programs and their impact on the animals’ and lives in our community, the future of animal adoption centers and some of the most memorable life-changing success stories which you helped make possible.

Enjoy “insider” information including advance announcements of achievements at Dakin Humane Society and pre-sale ticket exclusives for Dakin workshops and events.

Take pleasure in inviting friends and family to join you on a personal tour of our Animal Resource Center in addition to personal invites to Dakin Open Houses and private events.


> Hero Level $5,000 - $9,999

Become immersed in our day-to-day work by shadowing a staff member or be the right-hand to a Cat Pawsitive Pro program team member as they make their rounds and work with our most behaviorally challenged felines while teaching them tricks or just getting them use to touch. For those who have a particular curiosity around our medical procedures, view our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in action and behind the scene in our surgery area. Experience in great detail how we do the lifesaving work that we do, every day, with our veterinarians, vet techs, and volunteers who make it possible.


> Dakin Pioneer Level $10,000 - $49,999

Relieve stress for you and a friend with a “puppy or kitten pop up” session at our Springfield location. Submerge yourself among puppies or kittens (when available), for a 20-minute session and feel the joy of face-licking and puppy energy, or warm purrs and lots of snuggles. Or gift this opportunity to a friend or family member who would greatly benefit from some animal-time.

Meet with a highly trained team member with animal behavior expertise, whose experience with our animals is building healthy human-animal connections in our community. Looking for tips on clicker-training your cat? Socializing a timid puppy or helping a dog navigate through life and behavior challenges? The people who socialize and steward animals are here because your gifts support our work that changes lives for the better.


> President’s Circle Level $50,000+

Have lunch with a leader! Join Dakin Humane Society’s Executive Director, Carmine DiCenso, Board President, Director of Operations or Veterinarian for a one-on-one luncheon. Each have a deep understanding of the human-animal connection, and a unique vision for animals in our community and beyond. Because you are a crucial partner in our mission, they look forward to sharing our vision and future of animal welfare programs. You also have the opportunity to discuss your ideas about animals with knowledgeable, passionate and inspiring animal advocate.

Or choose to accompany our staff member and sit on the couch during our weekly Pet of the Week segment on WWLP Channel 22. Don’t enjoy the spotlight? Choose to accompany a team member on a SNIP trip ride-along picking up our furry patients and see first hand the animals and their people our SNIP transport are helping. Our SNIP trip provides much needed transport of animals to our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic when their person is homebound. Or join our volunteers with our shelter dogs as part of our Bark In The Park program and see the dogs smile with joy on their walks as they get some much-needed exercise, socialization and perhaps a pupsicle to complete their day (seasonal and weather permitting).


Thank you in advance for becoming a For The Animals Leadership Society Member and being a leader in support of the animals that need us.