Mass Appeal at Dakin Humane Society

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Mass Appeal spent the show live at Dakin Humane Society’s Springfield location, and we learned about Snip Trips, Dakin’s Foster Program, pet summer safety, and Nick’s Nursery from Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Carmine DiCenso, Executive Director, and Ann Hurlburt, Snip Trip Coordinator.

Snip Trips

    • For people throughout the Pioneer Valley who have trouble getting to our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, this program will transport your pet to and from our Clinic and provide s/n surgery.
    • The basic package (transport and surgery) is $75
    • Additional treatments including rabies vaccination, micro chipping, feline leukemia test and nail trimming can be added for additional fees
    • If interested, call 413.781.4019 to book, and our Clinic will have our Snip Trip Coordinator Ann call back to schedule the date

Foster Care

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. Fosters are part of Dakin’s volunteer corps, which numbers just under 800 people. We are grateful to all of them for their incredible service!

Here are some facts about foster care at Dakin:

  • One in four pets who arrive at Dakin need foster care
  • We are headed into our busiest season and we really need more foster volunteers
  • If you’re interested, you need to attend a foster orientation to enroll. Options are below:
  • Visit to sign up
  • You can start with a short-term (minimum 2 week) commitment to try it out
  • Foster animals include underage kittens, adult cats and dogs and small animals, but in summer and fall it’s mostly underage kittens
  • Fostering is a great way to save lives
  • You will interact with – and get support and instruction from – Dakin’s medical staff
  • Fostering is also a great family experience, or a chance to discover if you’re ready to have a pet full-time

Seasonal Safety Tips for Pets

Spring and summer mean your pets, especially dogs, spend more time outside and traveling with you to other homes or vacation spots

  • Never leave pets in cars unattended. The temperature will soar inside a car and overheat, even kill pets
  • When walking your pets, bring water for both of you
  • Remember that asphalt is very hot for dog’s paws. It’s cooler for them to walk on grass
  • Elderly, overweight and animals with flat faces (like pugs and Persian cats) might be more susceptible to heatstroke. Make sure they’re comfortable
  • If you suspect heatstroke, get your animal into a shaded area and pour cool (not cold) water on them. Transport them to an animal hospital as soon as possible
  • Keep kitties and small dogs safe by checking window screens to ensure that they’re secure and intact so pets can’t claw their way out of them
  • Rinse your dog off after swimming in pools to remove chlorine or salt from his fur and keep him from drinking pool water which is filled with chemicals
  • When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you think may be sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals
  • Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well as well as certain mulch and other gardening chemicals.
  • When the fireworks fly please leave your dog at home. The loud noises of fireworks frighten dogs and they often bolt and become lost
  • This time of year people often keep their garages and sheds open while doing yard work. Before closing them up for the night make sure a neighbor’s cat isn’t napping in there. Cats can get locked in sheds.
  • If you host or visit a BBQ and your dog is part of the crowd, watch him carefully! Don’t let guests offer bones, make sure he doesn’t slip out the gate when people arrive and watch his interactions with other dogs and children

Nick’s Nursery

  • Nick’s Nursery is New England’s only kitten nursery that cares for and treats orphaned kittens
  • It opened in June 2014 and was launched with the support of Jan and Bernadette Piepul
  • The Nursery is open June through September or October (when the kitten season stops)
  • There are many items needed for the Nursery on our Amazon Orphan Baby Wish List (under “Dakin Humane Society”)
  • We’re racing to fill our shelves with these items by Memorial Day Weekend so we’ll be fully-stocked for these tiny babies!


Pets Available for Adoption Featured on Mass Appeal!

Bonded pair of ferrets – they need to be adopted out together!

Elliot & Linus

Location: Springfield: Dakin Humane Society
Gender: Male (both)
Age: 4 years, 6 months (both)

Elliot and Linus are a pair of bonded ferrets, so we want them to go to a nice home together. It’s always a good idea to adopt a pair of animals if you can do that, it makes the adjustment that much easier in a new home if your pet has a pal there with him.  Ferrets are especially happy to have each other because they’re super playful, fun, smart and energetic…so it’s easier on you (as the adopter) if they have each other to direct a lot of their energy to.  All the same, you should be ready for a pair of fully interactive pets with these two!  Be sure to let them out of their cage once a day in a “ferret-proofed” room (get cords/wires/cables out of their range…keep houseplants away as well) so they can romp around and get their exercise.

Baby Boy

Chihuahua, Short Coat Mix
Location: Springfield: Dakin Humane Society
Gender: Male
Age: 2 years

Baby Boy is a recent arrival from Texas. His foster person raved about him, saying that he is a gentleman, both house trained and crate trained, loves other dogs, cats and people he meets, is quiet in the house and is that perfect best friend to hang out and snuggle with on the couch.  He’s a little shy at first, but he warms up to folks pretty quickly.


Lionhead Rabbit
Location: Springfield: Dakin Humane Society
Gender: Female
Age: 1 year, 4 months

This little girl is affectionate and adorable. Marshmallow is shy at first, but she loves to play and (like a lot of bunnies) she can get into some mischief.  She’s best suited to a home without kids or other pets, as they are too much for her to handle.  Her family was relocating and couldn’t bring her along, so she’s looking for a new family to love.  Can that be you?


Domestic Shorthair Mix
Location: Springfield: Dakin Humane Society
Gender: Female
Age: 13 years

Mini is a friendly kitty who came up from a rescue in New Jersey and is a stunning beauty who has a calm demeanor and will love to cuddle with you on the couch or catch rays from a sunny windowsill. Come meet her at Dakin Springfield.