Be Kind to Animals Week at Dakin Humane Society

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – It’s Be Kind to Animals Week! In honor of this incredibly important event, we headed to Dakin Humane Society in Springfield to share some pet safety tips and meet some adorable animals up for adoption.

Dakin Humane Society
171 Union Street, Springfield
(413) 781-4000

163 Montague Road, Leverett
(413) 548 – 9898

Pets of the Week:

Breed:  Labrador Retriever mix
Age:    7 years old
Sex:    Female
Color:  Yellow/white

About Brynn:
Brynn is a sweetheart of a dog!  This 7 year old Labrador Retriever mix came to Dakin on May 1 because her family moved into a “no dogs” apartment.  She would be an ideal dog for someone without prior dog experience (she’ll show you the ropes!), she’s fine in a house that’s moderately busy, and is used to living with cats and other dogs, so if you already have pets, she should blend in nicely.  Brynn’s also good with children ages 7 and up, and she’s a huge fan of toys and tennis balls, so why not bring her home and let the games begin!  Brynn is at Dakin in Springfield.

Name:  California Girl
Breed:  Domestic shorthair mix
Age:    1 year old
Sex:    Female
Color:  White/Brown

About California Girl:
Hello, my name is California Girl, but you can call me Cali.  I was brought to Dakin when some wonderful people found me under their porch.  I came into Dakin with my babies, and now that they’re adopted I am ready to start my new life with more wonderful people.  I can be a bit shy at first but once I warm up I am a lovable girl who loves getting attention.  If you don’t believe me, stop on down and say hello.  I know you’ll fall in love!

  Chubby & Peanut
Breed:  Guinea pig
Age:    Both are 2 ½ years old
Sex:    Both are male
Color:  Gray/white (Chubby), brown/white (Peanut)

About Chubby and Peanut:
Guinea pigs are a lot of fun, especially for young kids who want their first pet.  Here are some basic tips about guinea pigs:

Pellets: There are several excellent pelleted guinea pig foods on the market. These foods have all the ingredients necessary for your cavy’s health, but often exclude vitamin C.

Hay: Hay is an important part of your pet’s diet. It helps keep the teeth worn down and satisfies his need to chew. It also provides necessary roughage. You should not feed coarse hay that can injure the soft tissues of the mouth or hay that is moldy or dirty.

Leafy Vegetables & Fruit: There should always be a little bit of leafy vegetables in the feed rack at all times. Guinea pigs don’t enjoy cold vegetables so let them warm to room temperature before feeding them to your pet. As a treat, your pet may enjoy fresh fruit like kiwi fruit, oranges, grapes, strawberries, peaches, apricots and melons.

Cage: Wire mesh floors can cause serious injury to a guinea pig’s tiny feet and legs so the cage must have a solid bottom.  Guinea pigs do better in pairs as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of personal time to devote to your pet you might want to consider having two pigs.

Toys: Guinea pigs are playful animals, but not really interested in exercise. They do love to nibble and chew so unpainted and untreated wood chew sticks are a must. A variety of toys that they can climb over, push around or chew will keep your pets happy and entertained. One toy you do not want to get is an exercise wheel. Wheels are bad for a guinea pig’s spine and could cause injury.


Breed:  Labrador Retriever mix
Age:    10 years old
Sex:    Female
Color:  Brown

About Sophia:
Who wants to house train and teach tricks to a airheaded puppy when you could bring me home! I’m house trained, and I’ve learned a few neat tricks in my life time. I love to play fetch and I drop the ball right back into your hand. How’s that for neat. I’m not really interested in small children, they’re just a little too much for me in my older years. Although I’m an older woman I’m still very much on the go. I love hiking, and swimming, and long walks with you. At the end of the day I’ll come cuddle with you on the couch. So if you’re ready to bring home a nice older gal who still has a spring in her step and a desire to enjoy life to the fullest, come visit me, and learn how much love I still have to give. I have some medical challenges, please call or come in and speak with a staff member to learn more.


Critter Comforts – Next week in honor of national “Be Kind to Animals Week,” Dakin is collecting “Critter Comforts” May 5-9 at both our Springfield and Leverett locations.  Please drop by during those dates and donate the things we need the most: Cat food (wet and dry), dog toys, clumping litter, cleaning products (especially bleach), towels, blankets and bedding.  We hope to fill those containers to the brim!  There’s a full wish list of things we need on under “Dakin Humane Society.”  The animals (and we) thank you!

Cats Fixed FREE! – To qualify you must live in Holyoke, Springfield (ZIP codes 01105 and 01108) Chicopee (ZIP codes 01013 and 01020) or West Springfield. Have a cat but live in a different ZIP code, or have a dog? Dakin can still help – call today! All qualified cats will recieve the following for free: Spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, FVRCP (3-in-1) vaccination. To schedule an appointment call (413) 781-4019.

Spay/Neuter – and a Free Nail Trim! – Get your cat or kitten spayed/neutered at Dakin before May 15 and your kitty will receive a free nail trim. You must bring the coupon to qualify.To schedule an appointment call (413) 781-4019. Click here to download the coupon!

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


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