SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society received a Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from Best Friends Animal Society to ensure that its Pet Food Aid Program continues to help save the lives of pets living in Western and Central Mass., as well as Northern Connecticut.
“This grant allows us to continue our life-saving work by supporting the Pet Food Aid Program, which is central to our organization’s mission as we serve our community,” said Carmine DiCenso, executive director at Dakin. “In this uncertain time, people are experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity in feeding their cats and dogs. We want to be sure that pets can be fed, and people and their pets stay together. We are grateful to our community for their support of this program, and appreciate the help provided by Best Friends Animal Society for our Pet Food Aid Program.”
Dakin Humane Society is an active partner in the Best Friends Network, which offers resources and support to fellow shelters, rescue groups, and animal-welfare organizations across the country. “When you choose to foster or adopt your next pet, you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” DiCenso said. “And community is more important than ever right now.”
The Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Program, administered by Best Friends and funded by the Rachael Ray Foundation, provides COVID-19 relief grants to shelters and rescue groups across the country. The Rachael Ray Foundation helps animals in need and is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Ray’s pet food, Nutrish.