Get Involved...Volunteer!

Volunteers make it possible for Dakin to serve more than 20,000 animals and their people each year. People from all walks of life step up to:

  • hand-feed kittens in the nursery
  • clean cages and kennels
  • exercise and train dogs
  • enter data and help with office work
  • wash laundry and clean surgical instruments
  • act as a Pet Taxi to move animals and supplies between facilities
  • provide foster homes
  • deliver pet food for Dakin's Pet Food Bank

If you care about animals, we may have just the job for you!

The Basics

  • While we know that people of all ages love animals, all Dakin volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Under 16 and want to help? Click here to find out how you can make a difference.
  • We require a time commitment from animal care volunteers. Different positions have different requirements.
  • All volunteers must meet the cognitive and physical requirements to safely perform their tasks, including the ability to work independently, follow verbal and written instructions, and effectively communicate with staff, other volunteers, and the public.

Welcome Sessions

The first step to most volunteer positions with Dakin Humane Society is a Welcome Session. These gatherings take place once a month in both Springfield and Leverett. You'll learn more about Dakin, how you can get involved, and the types of training that are available for different positions. You may attend a session in either location, regardless of where you plan to volunteer.

NOTE:   Due to a large number of people signing up to volunteer, our next scheduled Welcome Sessions will be held in April 2017. We are grateful to have so many people looking to help, and we want to ensure that there will be open positions for them, so we need to postpone accepting new volunteers until April. Thank you for your patience and your desire to help Dakin’s animals and staff members…we truly appreciate it.

We will post dates for the next Welcome Sessions as soon as they become confirmed, which should be around mid-March 2017. Please check back to this page for updates. (February 2017)

Ready to Get Started?

Contact Us

You can reach our volunteer services department at 413-781-4000 x 111 or contact us by email.