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Springfield, MA (5/8/24) – Dakin Humane Society, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $124,000 from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, a supporting organization of the Northwest CT Community Foundation. The Programmatic Sustainability and Capacity Building grant will fund three key initiatives during the next year at Dakin: spay-neuter surgery for the most vulnerable cats and kittens in the community, consulting support for the development of Dakin’s next three-year strategic plan, and equipment for The Pet Health Center that will build program capacity including a new veterinary technician internship program.

According to Dakin’s Executive Director Meg Talbert, “The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation has been a long-time, generous supporter of Dakin. The foundation’s grants have allowed us to introduce and expand programs and services that our community needs most to care for their beloved pets. We appreciate the foundation’s thoughtful approach to grantmaking and its commitment to animal welfare. This grant will support Dakin’s sustainability and help us to continue to have a meaningful and positive impact on pets and their families for years to come.”

Leslie Harris, chair of the trustees of the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, stated, “The foundation trustees are delighted to invest in organizations like Dakin Humane Society whose impact on the people and animals in their community is profound. We have long admired Dakin’s innovative programming, commitment to sustaining the human-animal bond, and solid organizational governance.”

Dakin Humane Society, located in Springfield, MA, is a 501 (c) (3) organization that delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them. In a typical year, the organization shelters, treats, and fosters more than 20,000 animals and has performed over 122,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it one of New England’s largest spay/neuter providers. Dakin’s Pet Health Center, a non-emergency veterinary resource for pet dogs and cats, opened in 2022 and has treated more than 5,000 pets. Dakin is a local non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community. For more information, visit