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Dakin Humane Society Awarded Grant From License-plate Funds

SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society has been named a recipient of a 2016 grant from the “I’m Animal Friendly” license-plate program, which is a program of the Mass. Animal Coalition (MAC). The funds will be used to perform spay/neuter surgery for 500 owned and free-roaming cats in Massachusetts communities.

“This grant is a real boost in our efforts to encourage people to spay or neuter their pets, and it allows us to help feral, or free-roaming, cats,” said Dakin Executive Director Carmine DiCenso. “There are some really dedicated people throughout the region who want to help stop the breeding cycle of ferals by humanely trapping them, bringing them to Dakin for spay/neuter surgery, and returning them to their outdoor colonies. Now this grant will cover the cost of many of those surgeries. We appreciate the MAC’s generosity.”

Funds for the “I’m Animal Friendly” license plates are dispersed annually to organizations that demonstrate a need for — and provide — low-cost spay/neuter services. The tax-deductible plates can be ordered by visiting www.petplate.org.

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