Nick's Nursery Opens for 5th Season

by Lee Chambers

Bernadette and Jan Piepul cuddle Turbo, the first patient in Nick's Nursery in 2018.


On Monday, July 16, 2018 Nick’s Nursery opened for its fifth season at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield.  The Nursery is New England’s first kitten intensive care unit and treats neonatal, at-risk kittens, most of them orphaned and brought in to Dakin by Good Samaritans who have found them alone (or with their littermates) outdoors.

Dakin’s Executive Director Carmine DiCenso spoke to several reporters at a press conference at 11am in the lobby of the Springfield Adoption & Education Center.  He discussed the importance of the Nursery in Dakin’s efforts to help these vulnerable kittens, and noted that Dakin would soon welcome the 1,000th patient to the Nursery.

He then led the members of the media to the Nursery, and they were allowed access to film and photograph the tiny patients being cared for by trained volunteers.

Also present were Jan & Bernadette Piepul of Springfield.  The Piepuls provided significant funding for the Nursery to open in 2014, and have contributed to the annual drive to raise operating funds in following years.  It will cost $40,000 to operate Nick’s Nursery from opening day until the last patient goes home in November, and at this time Dakin has met 25% of that fundraising goal.

If you would like to make a gift to help at-risk kittens regain their health and find joy through adoption, please visit  Gifts of all size matter, and we appreciate each one.

Thank you.



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