Pet of the Week: Moonlight and Tony

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


Name: Moonlight (guinea pig)
Breed: Peruvian guinea pig
Age: 1 year old
Sex: Female
Color: Grey coat


Name: Tony (dog)
Breed: Shih Tzu mix
Age: 7 years old
Sex: Male

About Moonlight and Tony:
Moonlight is a 1 year-old female who is very sweet-natured. She’s a Peruvian guinea pig. Most guinea pigs live about 5-7 years, and they make a great pet for older children who have mastered proper handling techniques. Guinea pig pellets are the basis of their diet and timothy hay-based pellets are recommended for adults. Avoid those made with nuts, seeds, dried fruits and corn products. They love leafy green vegetables, green peppers, peas, apples, blueberries, oranges and grapes. Believe it or not, they’re known to be vocal, and can whistle and grunt when they’re excited or squeak with delight when their favorite humans enter the room! Come see Moonlight at Dakin’s Springfield location…she’s very special and can’t wait to go home with somebody!

Fun fact: A happy guinea pig will jump straight up in the air – that’s called popcorning!

Tony is a Shih Tzu whose family had to move and couldn’t bring him with them. He’s a very gentle-mannered boy who is unfamiliar with children, but could probably do very well in a home with them. Because of that, we recommend he be with kids 13 and up, but if your kids are younger, bring them down to Dakin’s Springfield location for a meet and greet. Tony has no history with cats, and he would be an ideal first dog for anyone, which means he’s pretty easygoing! His ideal home would be calm to reflect his low energy level, and while he enjoys a good hike, he’s a champion snuggler and couch potato.

Cats Fixed Free Promotion Expands – Thanks to a special grant from PetSmart Charities, Dakin Humane Society can now offer free sterilization for cats and kittens coming from the following zip codes: 01108 & 01105 (parts of Springfield), 01040 (Holyoke), 01089 (West Springfield) and 01013 & 01020 (Chicopee). This terrific opportunity will allow us to reach even further in our efforts to curb unwanted pet populations! If you live in these zip codes and want to take advantage of this offer, please phone 413-781-4019 as soon as possible to schedule your cat’s spay/neuter surgery.

The Pawscars & Red Carpet Fashion Parade – Dakin’s annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind event taking place February 28 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Pawscars will be a night that blends a fashion show (starring local celebrities modeling evening wear and accompanied by rescue dogs) with some affectionate spoofing of Hollywood and the Oscars. We’ll show videos submitted by the public of their pets reenacting iconic moments from cinematic history. Tickets are $125 for the dinner and entertainment, $50 for entertainment only and make GREAT holiday gifts! For more info, visit our website at http://www.dakinhumane.org!

Pet Safety Tips
No table foods, moldy foods, poultry bones
No chocolate
No grapes & raisins
No alcoholic beverages
Be careful with ornaments, ribbons & tinsel
Holiday plants can be dangerous

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 DakinHumane.org.

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