Dakin program aids 90 kittens
LEVERETT — Ninety kittens found homes last week — thanks to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society’s Kitten Kaboodle event, but many more are still waiting for a special person to arrive.
According to Candice Lash, manager of marketing and communications for the nonprofit with facilities in Leverett and Springfield, animal lovers from around the county and beyond went home with new friends for half the normal adoption fee.
Dakin’s adoption centers are located at 163 Montague Road in Leverett and 171 Union St. in Springfield.
Lash said the event was an effort to move as many kittens into permanent homes as possible. All kittens in both locations were under the age of 6 months and were available for $125 each or $200 a pair.
The normal adoption fee for a kitten is $250, because each has received a full veterinary package, including a spay or neuter, microchipping, vaccinations, feline leukemia testing, a collar and tag and a starter kit of food.
“Summer is always the busiest time in sheltering because of the number of animals coming in and because it’s kitten season,” said Lash. “We are receiving many kittens every single day and we have kittens waiting here to go home.”
The event ended on Sunday and according to Lash, on July 29, the Springfield center had nine kittens waiting for adoption, with 21 more ready in the kitten ward.
In addition to that, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals requested the centers take in 14 more kittens.
She said the Leverett location is faced a similar situation.
Lash said during the event, an 83-year-old farmer showed up with multiple cats and kittens, which were left at his farm. Five dogs were also left there.
She said the farmer was looking for help.
“We’ve taken one dog and some of his kittens in and expect that we will be helping him with more,” said Lash.
She said the center sent a number of kittens into foster care this past spring. Those kittens are now old enough to come back to Dakin to be adopted.
“So as you can see, it doesn’t take long to reach critical mass,” she said. “We really need help in getting kittens into homes so that we can save as many lives as possible, and it’s working as a community that’s going to make that happen.”