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Monday, January 26 2015

Dakin Issues Storm Plan & Advice

Adapted from a Dakin Humane Society press release:

Due to the large storm predicted January 26-27, Dakin Humane Society recommends that everyone with pets have an emergency plan, especially in case power is lost in the home.  In addition, though both locations will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dakin Humane Society can provide temporary care for animals affected by extended power outages at their 171 Union Street facility in Springfield after 3PM on Wednesday.

Dakin suggests that pet emergency planning include the following:

·         Water, food, medications and blankets should be packed in case of evacuation.

·         Ensure your dogs and cats are wearing a collar & ID tag at all times.

·         All animals should be kept safe during any necessary travel with a leash/collar, carrier, or confinement appropriate for their species.

·         If power is lost, make arrangements to stay overnight with your pets with friends, family, or in a pet-friendly hotel.

·         Avoid travel on Tuesday, which is the worst day of the storm, according to forecasts.

Dakin Humane Society can provide temporary care for animals affected by extended power outages.  On Wednesday, January 28th, Dakin will accept animals into temporary care between 3PM & 5:30PM, and then again during regular business hours (12:30PM to 5:30PM) beginning on Thursday, January 29th, at 171 Union Street in Springfield.  No phone call is necessary for this service but special rules do apply.

Rules for Dakin extended power outage care:

·         If your animal lives in a cage or aquarium, you must bring your animal’s food, housing, and all appropriate accessories such as heat and light elements.

·         You must bring all medications and food that your animal will require.

·         You must bring your dog or cat’s veterinary records, including proof of vaccination and spay/neuter.

·         Keep your animal warm during transport.

Dakin's Storm Plan:

All animals at Dakin’s Leverett adoption facility are being transferred to its Springfield facility for care during the storm period.  They expect to re-open on Thursday, depending on conditions. Stay tuned to www.dakinhumane.org for updated weather closing information.

Dakin staff members will be staying overnight in the Springfield facility Monday, and possibly Tuesday, night to care for resident animals.

Dakin adoption centers will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th, for the storm and on Wednesday, January 28th, for a previously scheduled all staff meeting. The Community Spay/Neuter Clinic will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, and open Wednesday, January 28th, for scheduled appointments only.

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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.

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