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Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Massachusetts was founded in 1969 and is one of the most-recognized non-profits in the Pioneer Valley and is a national leader in animal welfare. A community-supported organization, they provide shelter, medical care, spay/neuter services, and behavioral rehabilitation for more than 20,000 animals and people each year.
Dakine Humane Society has two locations:
Dakin Humane Society doesn’t receive any government funding and isn’t funded or operated by any national humane organization. They rely solely on contributions from individuals who care about animals to enable them to bring their services to their local community.
They also depend on the dedication of nearly 600 volunteers who work alongside the shelter's staff to help care for animals, deliver programs, and govern the organization.
Thinking about adopting a lucky pet from Dakin Humane Society? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Dakin Humane Society has a variety of animals waiting to meet you. Here’s their adoption process:
Dakin Humane Society has variable adoption pricing to allow them to provide top-quality care for all animals. Having higher adoption fees for more desirable animals enables the organization to care for other animals in need of lifesaving medical and behavioral intervention.
For that reason, use the adoption fees below as guidelines:
Your dog or cat adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, age-appropriate vaccinations, a free examination at a participating veterinary office, a 30-day gift of free pet insurance (available only upon request), and lifelong support from the society's behavioral experts.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.