Cats were for sale during Dakin celebration

Most of the visitors went home with a new friend

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield celebrated its 5th anniversary with a special on cats that many pet lovers found too good to pass up.

Visitors adopted dozens of cats. What’s not to like about adopting a one year old cat for just five dollars.

Anne Blackwood of South Hadley told 22News about how Dakin has helped her. “I had a lot of kittens on the porch that were strays and they took them in, and I fostered them, all their shots everything.”

Carole Leverock of Longmeadow wasn’t sure she was ready to adopt a cat to replace her 19 year feline, which died recently. She said, “It was devastating. It really was. He was my first baby. I had him when I was single, he was with me after I got married, and then I had a child, and so he was a family member. Definitely a grieving period.”

Megan Tolpa travels from Deerfield every day to work as an employee at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield. It’s been in her life for years. “I’ve been volunteering with Dakin ever since I was in elementary school, back when I was a girl scout doing volunteer work; I’ve been around since we were back in Leverett.”

Dakin established its Franklin County roots in Leverett in 1968. It’s Hamden County home for the last four years is on Union Street in Springfield.

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