At Dakin Humane Society, we use the phrase “kitten season” to refer to our busiest time of year; what used to be the three or four warm weather months when the kitten population exploded and many were brought to us for rehoming. Since the pandemic, “kitten season” has begun increasingly earlier and has lasted longer than each previous year. Lately it seems that we operate in a perpetual state of “kitten season.”
This current year has been no exception, as many Dakin programs and services were bustling. Our Community Spay/Neuter Clinic has been fully booked, and our Pet Health Center, in its first full year of operation, saw over 2,500 patients, and added a second veterinarian and support staff to its roster. Our Moms Fixed Free program, which helps people facing unexpected cat or dog litters by rehoming the offspring and spaying the mom at no cost, has helped nearly 400 pets this year. The next-highest number was last year’s total of 124.