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Dakin Humane Society to Present Whisker Wonderland on Nov. 4

SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society will present Whisker Wonderland on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 171 Union St., Springfield. Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed.

The second-annual holiday craft event will include a variety of local artisans offering pet-centric crafts and gifts. Last year’s first-ever Whisker Wonderland event attracted many pet lovers and craft enthusiasts across Western Mass. and Northern Conn., as well as holiday shoppers and people seeking eco-friendly, locally focused gift items.

Vendors featured at the event will include Auntie’s Best Creations, Best Dressed Cup, Brodester’s Bandannas, Cindy’s Creations, Chicken Frosty, Diane’s Little Creations, Fine Design Solutions, Fleece4Fun, FroebelArt, Gifted Vine, Grandma Hubbard’s Candy Cupboard, Laura Louise (author), M&M Rustic Designs, Make It Wright Creations, MJ’s Creative Crochet, Noni’s Notions, Paintings by Sandy, Pet Rocks by LF, Sand and Sea, Sew Cozy by Abby, Sew Kreative, Toby’s Treats, and the Tragic Whale.

In addition, Dakin’s Home Again thrift shop will be open at that time to provide additional shopping options. There will be a raffle of donated gift items to support animals at Dakin Humane Society, and Dakin’s holiday merchandise will be for sale. The family-friendly event will also feature a bake sale with hot chocolate.

“Last year, when we introduced Whisker Wonderland, it attracted nearly 300 people,” said Stacey Price, Dakin’s director of Development and Marketing. “We got a lot of terrific feedback from shoppers about how they got some great gifts for the animal lovers in their life, which helped with their holiday shopping. This year, we will have even more vendors offering unique gifts inspired by pets at Whisker Wonderland.”

Sponsors for Whisker Wonderland include VCA Animal Hospitals and Finck & Perras Insurance Agency Inc.