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Wednesday, October 22 2014

Big News From Dakin

Adapted from a Dakin Humane Society press release:

The Pioneer Valley's Dakin Humane Society is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar every monetary donation to the organization between now and November 15th, up to a total of $100,000!  In addition, Dakin unveiled a completely revamped website last week and their $5 Feline Event over the weekend enabled them to place 137 animals in new homes.

In regards to the matching gift challenge, “This is a remarkable gift,” states Dakin’s Executive Director Leslie Harris.  “And it couldn’t come at a better time.  We’ve had a very busy summer and autumn season with lots of animals brought in and we’ve been incurring significant cost-of-care expenses.  This campaign will help us offset these and other expenditures.”  Contributions can be made by mail or securely online at

With that new domain name,, the site offers a more photo-centric design, easier navigation features, and, as with the previous site, up-to-the-minute photos and information about adoptable animals.  The site was developed by Bright Cloud Studio in Westfield.

In other news, on October 16th, Dakin was honored with a Paul Winske Access Award from Stavros, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities live as independently as possible.  The award recognized Dakin’s Safety Plan for Animals (SPAN) Program, which offers up to 30 days of free care for dogs or cats of people faced with short-term hospitalization or medical treatments away from home.  Other circumstances covered under the SPAN Program include people made temporarily homeless due to domestic violence, fire, or natural disaster.  On the same day as the Stavros award, Dakin received two Reader Rave awards for “Best Non-Profit Organization” and “Best Charity Event” (for its Mutts & Mimosas fundraiser that was held in August).

Also, Dakin will begin a Basic Family Dog six-week training class at their Leverett location on November 1st at 9:30AM.  The class costs $130 for the six sessions, but discounts are available for people who adopted their dog at either Dakin or Thomas J. O’Connor.  Please visit to register.                                   

About Dakin Humane Society
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.