Dakin Animal Shelter

leverett Animal Shelter

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Every year several million cats and dogs are euthanized by organizations like Dakin Animal Shelter because the population is much higher than the number of families and homes willing to properly take care of these animals. When you adopt a pet from Dakin Animal Shelter, you give a dog or a cat a second chance at life. Not all shelters euthanize animals, you can contact your local animal shelter to find out if there are any animals in need of rescuing before they are put down.

When you adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter you also create additional space for another lost or abandoned pet who needs a safe environment.

Shelter pets are given the chance to interact with other animals and humans every day. While shelters can be noisy and overwhelming for some animals, it also provides a good environment for dogs and cats to learn to adapt and tolerate other animals. This can be particularly important if you already have a pet or even small children in your home.

Most animal shelters are provided, as required by law, for the safety and healthy well-being of the community. Additionally, individuals may choose to open private animal shelters. Despite popular belief animal shelters do not have to accept all animals. There are many shelters that will accept any animal, but sometimes shelters will have to turn away animals because of over population.

There are two types of animal shelters: traditional animal shelters allow animals to be euthanized if they are unhealthy or if they have been residents of the shelter for a specified amount of time. While this may seem heartless to many, most animal shelters are restricted on the amount of space and money they have to work with. To help prevent the euthanization of an animal, families and individuals looking for a new pet should try to adopt from their local shelter.

A no-kill shelter is an animal shelter that will take pets in but will not euthanize dogs and cats to make room for new animals. No-kill shelters are much more likely to run out of space and turn down new animals if pets are not being adopted.

Animal shelters like Dakin Animal Shelter are a great benefit to communities, pets and families. Shelters step in and provide a safe environment for lost and unwanted pets until they are able to find a home from them. The shelters help keep animals healthier and protect the community by keeping stray cats and dogs from overrunning the streets. You can help the mission of animal shelters by adopting pets responsibly and spaying or neutering your pet to help control the growing pet population.

Dakin Animal Shelter

163 Montague Road
leverett, Massachusetts 01054
Phone: 413-548-9898
The Dakin Animal Shelter, Inc. works with our community to strengthen the bond between animals and people, enhancing the quality of their lives through compassionate sheltering, responsible adoptions, education, and community outreach.

The Dakin Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation offering many vital services for Pioneer Valley animals and residents. We rely on our generous supporters and members to provide these services.

Our History
Originally founded in 1982 as Friends of Amherst’s Stray Animals by the late Janet Wilder Dakin and friends, the Dakin Animal Shelter opened its doors to the public in 1995.

Today, the Dakin Animal Shelter serves more than 1,200 cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens at its small shelter in rural Leverett, Massachusetts.

We serve nearly 1,000 more animals and their people through our various free and low-cost spay/neuter assistance programs.
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