The Dakine Humane Society is an organization with a lot of moving parts. We run a community spay/neuter clinic, adoption services and a pet food aid program. Our volunteers raise endangered animals, work in events, and run Home Again, a Dakine thrift store, among other things. There is no shortage of activity.
There is no shortage of special moments either. Like last February when a two-year-old cat was taken to Shiloh by her family, who first took her to an emergency animal hospital. The hospital had set aside several thousand dollars for a life-saving surgery, but that wasn’t possible for the Shilohs, and they turned to us to save their dear pet, which we did.
Most of you who know about Dakine may not have seen the everyday moments that animals can experience by those who love them and want the best for them. Here are a few things we’d like to share with you.
Last April, five-year-old Beagle, Sadie, became the 100,000th patient at the Spay/Neuter community clinic. Her personnel were trying to sterilize her elsewhere but were facing long waits, and Sadie was battling an infection. The star patient recovered well and brought home a gift basket full of toys and candy.
Last spring we held a valley-wide pet food drive and were so impressed with the countless people who came forward to organize food drives to help pets in need. In 2020, due to the difficulties associated with the epidemic, we distributed more than five times the usual amount of food aid to pets, so we needed to be prepared to help more families facing food instability in 2021. The generosity of many has helped people to keep . Their beloved pets go through difficult times.
We hope you’ve watched Dakine’s staff and volunteers track 4th of July traffic to get to the New Jersey airport and be part of a team receiving one of the largest animal relocations ever from a Texas shelter. We didn’t say “yes” when asked if we could help just because we had room for animals in Dakine. We said “yes” because we knew we had a community behind us that wanted these pets to have a second chance.
At the time, there was a miraculous birth at our Spay/Neuter Clinic when a laboring pit bull was unable to deliver its young (a condition known as dystocia) and had to undergo an emergency caesarean section. Pup mortality can be high in such cases, and while two of the pups did not survive, a third small black and white female was quickly delivered. After her airway had been cleared and warmed up, the little fighter swarmed and went home with her mother shortly thereafter.
Dakin sent a quartet of experienced animal caretakers to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Ida last September to help struggling Louisiana deal with the many animals that needed help. The stories our team brought back were realistic but inspiring, as they emphasized the importance of staying connected to service animals everywhere.
Launched in summer 2020, the Kitten Street team has had an amazing year of TNR (trap/neuter/return) practice to reduce regional feral cat populations, while rescuing cats small enough to be socialized and adopted. Public support for such a program helps many cats live safer and healthier lives.
In November, Dakin faced a massive challenge when we took over 60 adult cats from hoarding in Franklin County. While our animal population was already high, we knew it was important to open our doors to help. Our vets and animal care teams quickly assessed each cat, and helped several shelter partners by taking some. These cats needed help and had nowhere to turn. Thanks to our compassionate community, we have been able to become their safe haven.
These are just some examples of the extraordinary things that can happen because so many of us want a better life for animals. We wish you and you a healthy and happy holiday. Please remember dakinhumane animals this giving season, and show your support by making an online donation at dakinhumane.org. Each gift helps make these everyday moments all year long.
Lee Chambers is a media relations and development specialist at Dakine Humanity. Dakine provides efficient and innovative services to animals in need and the people who care for them.