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O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center 627 Cottage Street Springfield, MA 01104
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SPRINGFIELD - Dakin Humane Society has announced the formation of Pat's Cats Feline Success Fund to provide necessities and upgrades for several aspects of cat and kitten care at Dakin's two locations in Leverett and Springfield.

The Fund is named for the late Patricia Ford Yurkunas, former director of development and marketing at Dakin Humane Society. Yurkunas, who passed away March 13, 2015, had provided a bequest for Dakin which has been used to establish the Fund. A resident of Palmer, Yurkunas was especially fond of the cats and kittens who arrived at Dakin, and spent considerable time caring for them. She adopted several during her seven years at the non-profit organization.

"Pat's generosity enabled us to launch this important fund, and we are asking the public to join in to help these cats and kittens," Nancy Creed, president of Dakin's board of directors, said in a prepared statement. "Your contributions will bring many wonderful essentials and enhancements to the lives of these felines as they await a new home, including nebulizers for sick kittens in Nick's Nursery, which is our kitten care ward, as well as lifesaving medical treatments, specialized behavioral support, spay/neuter surgery for community cats and mothers with litters, enrichment toys, climbing surfaces and more. You'll also help with much-needed renovations to our cat-housing areas. The cost of providing these life-saving services is more than $110,000, so we hope you will help make them a reality for these homeless cats. Every donation counts"

Donations can be accepted online at . Whether choosing to make a one-time gift or a monthly contribution, donors may select "Pat's Cats" as a "Designation" option. Those wishing to send a check may write "Pat's Cats" on the memo line to ensure that their gift will be directed to the Fund. Donations may be mailed to Dakin Humane Society, P. O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.

The following is a video of Trudy, a dog available for adoption at the T.J. O'Connor Animal Adoption and Control Center in Springfield.
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SPRINGFIELD - The planned closure of the area's largest animal adoption center has spurred sadness and public fears about the future welfare and treatment of homeless pets and animals.

During a press conference on Friday, Carter Luke, president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, blamed the depressed economy and devastating losses to its endowment fund for the pending closure of the MSPCAs Animal Care and Adoption Center at 191 Union St., effective on March 31.

MSPCA shelters in Brockton and Martha's Vineyard will also close. Luke said animals will continue to be accepted at the Union Street site through March, and any not adopted by that will be moved to other shelters. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104
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The Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center provides animal control services for the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke. Our animal control officers respond to routine service calls Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Emergency response for ill, injured or aggressive animals is available 24 hours a day. For ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES in the cities Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke, call TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center at or visit TJO's . Animal control services include:No data is yet available on the outcome of a relatively new population of shelter animals â?? rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, ferrets, birds, etc. For example, in the Northeast, small animals and birds (cockatiels, parakeets, parrots, etc.) are being relinquished to open-admissions shelters at an alarming rate. At the Western New England MSPCA Adoption Center in Springfield, the number of small animals and birds being surrendered now exceeds the number of unwanted dogs entering their center. The reason for the large numbers of small animals at this animal shelter lies in the fact that no other area "limited-admission" shelter will accept them into their care, thereby relocating the animals to the only regional facility that is "open-admission."The nonprofit that provides shelter, medical care and placement services for animals in the three counties of the Pioneer Valley, will offer a $5 feline adoption fee for cats, one year of age of older, and a discount of a $100 in the adoption fee for black or black and white kittens (under six months) at both its Springfield and Leverett locations. The standard adoption fee for kittens under 6 months is $275. In each case, adoptees will receive the standard Dakin services, including spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, age-appropriate vaccinations and testing, collar, ID tag and a starter kit of food.