SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The longtime leader of the Dakin Humane Society is leaving the organization she helped grow. Leslie Harris is resigning as executive director at Dakin, effective October 2. According to a statement from Dakin sent to 22News Harris is leaving in order to accept a job at Quonquont Farm and Orchard in Whately.
Harris has been at Dakin for the last 20 years, and in that time, they expanded greatly- going from serving 300 animals, to more than 20,000 last year. They also expanded from their original base in Franklin County into Springfield. They currently operate adoption centers in Springfield and Leverett, as well as a spay-and-neuter clinic that has performed more than 60,000 surgeries since 2009.
“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as Dakin’s executive director,” Harris said in the statement. “This was a hard decision to make, given my love of animals and Dakin, but I know the organization will continue to thrive and evolve thanks to its dedicated staff and volunteers. I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of Dakin’s work.”
Dakin Board President Nancy Creed will serve as executive director of the organization while a permanent replacement for Harris is found.