Since the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society opened its second location in Springfield in 2009, we have found new families for more than 7,000 homeless animals. Some are homeless as a result of a change in family circumstances. Others come in as strays, picked up by good Samaritans who have found them wandering the neighborhood.
One of the very first things that happens with each new animal, even before her medical exam, is that she is given a name. We feel that each animal is important and should be recognized with a name. Some animals come in with names already, while others are named at intake.
If you’ve ever tried to name your child, human or furry, you know what a task it can be. Dakin staff are constantly trying to collect new names so they can have them on hand, especially during the spring.
“Kitten Season,” as it’s known, starts around April and ends in October or November. Because animals who have not been neutered tend to procreate during the warmer months, Dakin has an influx of kittens during this time period.
So far this year, Dakin has taken in 1,142 kittens. That’s 1,142 names!
Many litters are named as a group. For example, we’ve had the internet litter (Twitter, Yahoo, Google, and Mozilla), the cars (Jeep, Isuzu, Subaru, Kia, and Chevy), the local towns litter (Leeds, Florence, and Williamsburg), the college litter (Stanford, Harvard, and Yale), the punctuation litter (Asterisk, Comma, Ampersand, Dash, Bracket, Ellipsis), and the metal bands (Pantera and Metallica).
Let’s take a look back at some of the memorable names we’ve seen here at Dakin in past years.
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