Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need (and the people who care about them) from its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA. The organization shelters, treats and fosters more than 12,000 animals each year and has performed more than 86,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it New England’s largest spay/neuter provider. Dakin is a local nonprofit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will allow Dakin Humane Society to provide diagnostic, screening and medical care for senior dogs who are up for adoption, ensuring their new families have a clear understanding of their health needs and removing barriers to finding their forever homes. These funds will help dogs like Shadow, who arrived at Dakin as a stray. When he was brought in, the 15-year-old Chihuahua mix was medically evaluated and found to have dental disease that required the removal of his remaining teeth. He also needed to be neutered and a significant heart murmur was detected. Shadow received all the care he needed and bounced back quickly, rolling delightedly on his back in the grass within days.