Pet of the Week: Apollo the puppy

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In this edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to Apollo, a 9-month-old retriever mix puppy. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Dakin Humane Society, told us all about Apollo, and about Dakin’s Nick’s Nursery program.

Name: Apollo
Breed: Retriever mix
Age: 9 months
Sex: Male
Color: Black


Apollo is an adorable 9 month old Dixie Pup. He just arrived here in the northeast and is looking to put down rootsand be adopted! He’s good with other dogs, but we don’t know his history with cats (the Dakin staff can check on that if you want to know). He’s house trained, and makes a great walking buddy. Apollo is an ideal “first dog” for someone thanks to his friendly nature. Come shake his paw at our Springfield Adoption & Education Center.

This pet’s profile:!/pet/35276057


News/Other Events

Stock the Shelves at Nick’s Nursery!

The race is on! Nick’s Nursery needs supplies for the many, many tiny kittens it will see arriving starting next month, and we want to stock the shelves by Memorial Day Weekend. Underage orphaned kittens depend on getting care from Nick’s Nursery to survive, thrive and move on to their adopted homes, and we need your help now. We’ve got lots of supplies to purchase to be ready for the kittens, and you can see our Amazon Wish List here: or you can use it as a reference if you’d prefer to shop local and bring your items to either of our locations in Springfield or Leverett. Each item on the Wish List has a requested quantity number, and a total of how many of that item we have received so you can see what’s most needed.

Interesting facts about Nick’s Nursery:
-Founded in June 2014
-New England’s only Kitten Intensive Care Unit
-Treated 247 kittens in 2016 (between June and November). Each year the number increases
-Average cost of care for a litter of 5 kittens in Nick’s Nursery is just over $1,000

Dog Training at Dakin: New Classes Starting in Springfield and Leverett Now!

We’re offering some of our most popular dog training classes including Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Manners for Adult Dogs in Springfield, and Puppy, Basic and Intermediate classes in Leverett. Visit and click on “Pet Training” then “Dog Training” to see info!

For more information about Dakin Humane Society, please visit