Pet of the Week: Mila!

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Meet Mass Appeal’s pet of the week!

Name: Mila
Breed: Chihuahua mix
Age: 5 years old.
Sex: Female.
Color: Brown

About Mila:
Mila lived with an adult woman and several children of varying ages, and was brought to Dakin very recently after having a litter because no pets are allowed in her home.

She is very timid and needs some time to feel comfortable with people.  She’s naturally very curious about other people and dogs, but has never been around a cat, so she would do best in a home without cats.  She’d also be well suited to a home with children 13 years old and up.  If you come to Dakin’s Springfield location to meet her, go slow, and let her seek you out, as she would spook easily if approached too enthusiastically.

Someone with some experience handling dogs would be the best human for Mila, as her extreme shyness will require a little work on her new family’s part to give her some confidence.  She enjoys leisurely walks, hiking, snuggling and couch warming.  Basic and advanced dog training would be a great idea for her and her new family to bond together and teach her some basic skills.

4th of July Safety Tips
Dakin Humane Society recommends the following precautions to make Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations safe, calm, and cool for our four-legged friends, especially number 1. July 5th is one of the busiest days in animal shelters across America because they round up lots of stray dogs who bolted away from fireworks the night before because they were afraid.

1.During the holiday celebrations, keep animals away from the fireworks and in a cool, quiet room. The room should have secure doors and windows: some dogs will jump through screens to get away from the noise.
2. If pets are outside, they should be on a leash and have proper identification.
3. Be careful if taking your four-legged family member to the beach or on a picnic. Animals should always have access to shade, properly ventilated shelter, and fresh water as they can become dehydrated quickly. Hot sand can burn sensitive paws.
4. Not all backyard chefs utilize the traditional barbeque. Pets can be badly burned in pit fires and camp fires. Do not allow your animal near any open flames.
5. Foil, plastic wrap, and string may help chefs with food prep but can be dangerous if ingested. Keep out of pet’s reach and dispose used items in tightly covered trash bin.
6. Speak with guests about what your pet can and cannot eat. Several foods to avoid include fatty sausages (pancreatitis), chocolate from s’mores (chocolate toxicity), and mushrooms (mushroom toxicity can prove fatal to certain dog breeds).
7. Securely place all trash in garbage bins to prevent your pet from eating tasty “leftovers” including corn cobs and bones which can become lodged in the esophagus or intestines potentially causing a blockage.
8. NEVER leave animals in hot cars, even with windows partially rolled down. Within minutes, the internal temperature can exceed 100 degrees. It’s often best when going on an outing to leave your pet safely and comfortably at home.
9. If you notice heat stress symptoms such as severe panting or in extreme cases, staggering, weakness and collapse, gradually lower the animal’s body temperature by hosing him down with cool water. Seek prompt veterinary attention.

Pet Safety Tips
No table foods, moldy foods, poultry bones
No chocolate
No grapes & raisins
No alcoholic beverages

If you’re interested in adopting any of the pets seen on Mass Appeal, or want more information on any of the pets available at the Dakin Humane Society, you can call them at 781-4000 or visit

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