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Dakin Collecting Supplies, Food for Orphaned Kittens, Puppies

SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society is seeking donated items to assist with an influx of newborn kittens and puppies.

The nonprofit organization has created a Baby Animal Wish List on Amazon (amzn.to/1L2Gyc6) that outlines the specific supplies needed. The list includes powdered milk replacer, weighing scales, heating disks, and other essentials for foster-care volunteers and staff members to use when tending to the kittens and puppies. People can place orders online (with Amazon providing the shipping to 171 Union St. in Springfield) or use the list as a reference, then purchase and deliver their donations to either Dakin location in Springfield or Leverett.

“There are so many tiny, newborn animals arriving here at Dakin, or being born while their mothers are in foster care,” said Executive Director Leslie Harris. “Some of them are nearly old enough to go to new homes, but most of them are just weeks, sometimes hours, old. We depend on our community to help us save these lives, and that’s why we created a list of exactly what’s needed. We’re grateful for the assistance we receive, from our foster-care volunteers who are bottle feeding the newborns around the clock to the people who contribute supplies.”

Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need from its two locations in Springfield and Leverett. The organization shelters nearly 6,000 animals every year and provides low-cost spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations to 12,000 more. Dakin is a local, nonprofit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community.

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