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Friday, June 20 2014

Dakin Opens First Kitten Nursery in New England

Adapted from a Dakin Humane Society press release:

The Dakin Humane Society has opened a kitten nursery at its Springfield location on Union Street, according to Executive Director Leslie Harris.  The nursery has been designed to provide intensive care to at-risk newborn kittens.

The Nicholas J. Piepul Kitten Nursery will be formally unveiled on Monday, June 23 at a press event at Dakin at 2PM.  The Nursery is named for the beloved cat of Jan & Bernadette Piepul of Springfield, who have agreed to fund supplies for the unit for its initial year of existence.  Additional support came from contributors to Dakin’s Buddy Fund, which earmarks donations for homeless animals with medical complications.

“This is a remarkable step forward for Dakin,” said Harris.  “We will have the only kitten nursery in all of New England.  We have already taken in some initial patients and between the resources at hand and the talent and dedication of the donors, staff and volunteers, we’ve seen gratifying results.”

Harris added, “The timing of the nursery coming online is really perfect, as late spring is the peak of kitten season.  We take in thousands of cats this time of year, particularly stray and abandoned orphaned kittens who are fighting for their lives.  It’s wonderful to be able to give them the best chance to pull through and find loving homes.”


Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need from its two locations in Springfield and Leverett, MA.  The organization shelters nearly 6,000 animals every year and provides low-cost spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations to 12,000 more.  Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community.