Thank you for generously supporting Dakin Humane Society and the animals in our care.

Donations are welcomed daily from 10 am - 3 pm outside the Springfield Animal Resource Center at

171 Union Street. No appointment needed.

Items in bold indicate the highest need.

We cannot accept some item (in-kind) donations due to storage capacity, animal safety, and/or our ability to properly sanitize items in between animals. Thank you for understanding.

Cats & Kittens

  • Canned & dry cat/kitten food
  • Light tuna in water
  • Human baby food (meat flavors only - no vegetables)
  • Clumping and non-clumping litter
  • Cat toys
  • Blankets (fleece only)
  • Bath size towels

Dogs & Puppies

  • Dry dog food
  • Freeze-dried beef liver (for training)
  • Bully sticks (to keep dogs busy)
  • Hot dogs (for training)

Small Animals & Birds

  • Large cages that meet our minimum requirements in excellent condition
  • Bird perches (various sizes)
  • White vinegar (for cleaning)
  • Carefresh bedding
  • Timothy hay

General & Office Supplies

  • Trash bags - large, heavy-duty, and kitchen size
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Kleenex
  • Postage stamps
  • Copy paper
  • Pens, markers, staples, paper clips
  • Dry erase markers

Item Donations We Do Not Accept

  • Bedding with stuffing (comforters)
  • Pillows, pillowcases
  • Mattresses
  • Stuffed animals
  • Open, expired, or prescription food
  • Medical supplies or prescriptions of any kind

Thank you for supporting Dakin!

If you have left an in-kind donation at Dakin or shopped our online wish lists, please forward your receipt to so we can properly thank you.

If you took a photo at the time of your donation drop-off, please email it to us at Your photo may be shared on Dakin's social media.

In-kind gift receipts are available at Dakin or you can download one here.