Dakin: Beware of phony fundraisers

Women seen collecting money in coffee cups

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society is alerting the public about a possible scheme involving people claiming to raise money for the animal welfare organization.

According to Executive Director Leslie Harris, they have been receiving complaints about women (usually two working together) who have been seen outside popular stores and restaurants in Springfield, West Springfield, and Holyoke collecting money for Dakin in coffee cups. The women, who have been seen with small dogs on leashes, often approach people as they get out of their cars. She says that the women have been known to become defensive and rude when people have questioned their legitimacy.

Harris noted that most people who are legitimately collecting for charity solicit donations outside the entrances to businesses, rather than in the middle of the parking lot.

“Despite their claims to be collecting funds on Dakin’s behalf, we’ve seen no evidence of this,” Harris said.

She said that the police have been notified, and are on the lookout for any suspicious activity. They are also asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to call Dakin at (413) 781-4000 ext. 122.

“Dakin Humane Society is fortunate to be the recipient of donations resulting from many grassroots efforts, and we hope this continues to be the case. Community loyalty to Dakin runs very deep, and we would not want to see the efforts of classrooms full of children, scout camps, or groups of coworkers to solicit donations on Dakin’s behalf come under suspicion because of the actions of these people,” Harris said.

If you are interested in donating to Dakin, you may do so online at dpvhs.org. Those who are interested in fundraising for Dakin should call them at (413) 781-4000 ext. 136 and fill out a form to register.

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