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WHMP Dakin Humane Society Pet of the Week
WHMP Dakin Humane Society Pet of the Week

Meet Shadow, a 10 month-old terrier/Chihuahua mix with a black and white coat.  He’s a neutered male who’s at Dakin’s Springfield location.

He’s very friendly and, like all young dogs, VERY excitable, so he’s got a high energy level

  • He has a timid side which we have seen at Dakin, but most likely when he gets into a new home and away from the other dogs around him here, he’ll feel more comfortable
  • He would probably do well with kids older than 13, but if you have a child who’s younger, bring them down to meet Shadow first
  • He has no history of living with cats
  • If you have a dog, it should probably be an active dog like Shadow
  • Shadow should be with someone (or a family) with some experience having dogs because he needs those basic training skills (like “sit,” “down,” etc.)
  • He’s very affectionate and good natured, and will do well with dog training classes, which is a great way for new dogs to connect with their humans
  • He enjoys hiking, walking, jogging and being a couch potato and snuggling as well
  • He really loves to play with tennis balls
  • He doesn’t like having his tail or back legs touched.  It’s best to pet him on the head

What else is going on at Dakin?

Safety tips to ensure a safe summer season: 

Dakin Humane Society offers a few tips to help ensure your pet’s safety this summer season. Some simple precautions may help maintain the merriment of the season for you and your pet.

Outdoor Barbecues:Not all backyard chefs utilize the traditional grill. Pets can be badly burned in pit fires and camp fires. Keep pets away from all open flames.

Wrappings: Foil, plastic wrap, and string may help chefs with food prep, but they can be dangerous if ingested. Keep these often food-covered items out of your pet’s reach and dispose of them in tightly covered trash bins.

Poisonous foods: Speak with guests about what your pet is allowed to eat. Several foods to avoid include fatty sausages (pancreatitis), chocolate from s’mores (chocolate toxicity), and mushrooms (mushroom toxicity can prove fatal to some breeds of dog).

Alcoholic Beverages: Never leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them. Ingested alcohol can potentially result in vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, acidosis, coma and even death.

Keep a Lid on It: Securely place all trash in garbage bins to prevent your pet–and wild animals–from eating tasty “leftovers,” including corn cobs and bones, which can cause blockages in the esophagus or intestines.

Hot Paws: Be careful if taking your four-legged family member to the beach or on a picnic. Animals should always have access to shade, properly ventilated shelter, and fresh water or they can become quickly dehydrated. Hot sand can burn sensitive paws.

No Dogs in the Car!: NEVER leave animals in hot cars, even with the windows partially rolled down. Within minutes, the internal temperature can exceed 100 degrees. If it’s close to 70 degrees outside, it’s best to leave your pet safely and comfortably at home.

Heat Stress: Heat stress symptoms include severe panting, staggering, weakness, and collapse. If your dog shows these symptoms, gradually lower the animal’s temperature by hosing him down with cool water. Seek prompt veterinary attention.

Thinking of adding a new animal friend to the family this summer?  Please consider adopting. 

There’s someone waiting for you at Dakin Humane Society Adoption Centers in Springfield and Leverett.

For more info about Dakin, or to see animals available for adoption, visit our web site at


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