Who We Are
The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society (DPVHS) is an independent, nonprofit, animal welfare organization serving the greater Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. An outcome of the recent merge of the Dakin Animal Shelter and the Pioneer Valley Humane Society, DPVHS continues the mission to help end animal suffering and over-population. A limited admission, socially responsible organization, DPVHS provides quality care and housing to abandoned cats and dogs, facilitates loving and lasting adoptions, and offers humane education and outreach programs. Visit our website www.dpvhs.org
Adopting a friend
Visits: The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society wants your adoption to be a success! Getting to know each other is an important first step in building a family. Most pets are available to go home with you within a day or two. If you are considering adopting a dog from PVHS, spouses, partners, children, and any other member of your household will be required to visit the potential dog with you. If you currently have a dog at home, we require you to bring along him/her to have a "dog to dog" visit. This will help ensure the dogs will be compatible.
Application Process: After spending some time visiting, you have made your decision! All adoptions begin with filling out an application to help us make the best possible match with your family and lifestyle. Please be ready to present a valid ID, such as your driver's license. As moving/relocation is the primary reason that pets are relinquished to shelters, we do a landlord check on potential adopters to verify that pets are allowed in your rental situation. If you are a tenant, please bring along with you a copy of your lease/rental agreement and/or your landlord's phone number. If you own your own home please provide a mortgage statement, or something similar, as proof of ownership. To ensure that all pets receive life-long care, we also call your current, or prior, veterinarian as a reference to help us learn more about you and your needs.
Come Visit Us!
Greenfield Rescue and Rehabilitation Center:
155 French King Highway
Hours: By appointment only
Leverett Adoption Center:
163 Montague Rd.
Hours: Sat/Sun 11-4:30, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 12-5:30, Thurs 12-7:30
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
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