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

NOTE:  There are currently no Welcome Sessions scheduled for November or December 2016, but they will resume on a monthly basis in January 2017.

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.

Ready to Get Started?

  • All of our events & training sessions are listed chronologically by month. If the first Welcome Session you click on is full, please scroll down to the next month. Find out about our upcoming Welcome Sessions. There are no welcome sessions scheduled after June due to our children's summer program. Please check back in July for an updated schedule.
  • See all our volunteer opportunities.

Contact Us

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