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Dakin Humane Society Receives Grant to Provide Care for Senior Dogs

SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society received a grant for more than $7,000 from the Grey Muzzle Organization to help senior dogs. The grant funds will be used to provide preventive, diagnostic, and dental care. 

“Dakin, like so many other shelters, treats a large number of senior animals with medical complications,” Executive Director Carmine DiCenso said. “In the past couple of years, we have acquired both X-ray and dental equipment, and with support like this from the Grey Muzzle Organization, we can work more effectively on behalf of senior animals, and get them the second chance they all deserve. We appreciate the Grey Muzzle Organization’s generosity.”

Dakin was one of 62 animal-welfare organizations chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant to help local senior dogs. The groups received a total of nearly $419,000 in grants to help save or improve the lives of at-risk older dogs in communities nationwide.

In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like Dakin Humane Society make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of Dakin.”