Useful Links


  • MSPCA Animal Care & Adoption Centers
  • Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center Springfield, MA
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter East Brookfield, MA
  • Monadnock Humane Society West Swanzey, NH
  • Berkshire Humane Society Pittsfield, MA
  • Windham County Humane Society Brattleboro, VT
  • Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue – in addition to offering golden retrievers for adoption, also maintains a helpful listing of rescue groups helping all kinds of purebred dogs right here in New England.
  • Save a Dog Framingham, MA
  • Feline Friends Agawam, MA
  • Westfield Animal Shelter Westfield, MA


  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • American Humane
  • New England Federation of Humane Societies
  • Massachusetts Animal Coalition


  • Missing Pet Partnership – Use this website if you have lost or found a pet. The best place to get all the info you need to find your lost pet…or find a lost pet’s family. You will be surprised at what you learn; we were!


  • The Cornell Feline Health Center


  • The House Rabbit Connection
  • The House Rabbit Network
  • The House Rabbit Society


  • Wild Neighbors (Humane Society of the United States)
  • Living with Wildlife (MSPCA)


  • Institute for Humane Education
  • Humane Teen – An interactive website for older kids to educate middle and high school students about animal protection activities
  • NAHEE – National Association for Humane and Environmental Education


  • Pets 911
  • Pupquest


  • Places for our Pets
  • MyApartmentMap
  • MyCheapApartments

*While Dakin offers this link as an informational tool for people looking for pet-friendly housing, it should not be construed as an endorsement of any apartment or complex.

Recommended Reading


  • The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell.
  • When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Teaches readers how to retrain themselves to speak consistently in a language dogs understand, and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages.
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • Understanding the relationship between humans and dogs. They aren’t people in furry suits!
  • Dogs for Dummies by Gina Spadafori, Marty Becker
  • Even if you’re not a dummy, it’s a good book if you haven’t had many dogs of your own.
  • The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren
  • The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and The Psychology of Dogs by Nicholas Dodman
  • Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp


  • Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
  • Use behavioral training on people, dogs and other animals to make changes. End undesirable behavior; learn “affection training”.
  • How to be Leader of the Pack by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
  • Power of Positive Dog Training, 2nd Ed. by Pat Miller Walk
  • away from punishment-based training methods and learn how you can reward your dog to obtain and reinforce the behaviors you could only dream about achieving!
  • Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household by Karen London and Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.
  • Great info for those with more than one dog at home.
  • Good Owners, Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson
  • Dog Behavior: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet by Ian Dunbar
  • How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks by Ian Dunbar
  • These off-leash, lure-reward techniques work on puppies and adult dogs alike. Witty, humane, reliable and FUN!
  • Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog by Pat Miller
  • A complete dog training, puppy raising, problem solving, and basic health guide.


  • The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell
  • Help for fearful dogs.
  • I’ll Be Home Soon! by Patricia McConnell Help for those whose dog suffers badly from Separation Anxiety, help in preventing it from developing, and tips on how to raise a dog with good “house manners.”
  • Dogs Are From Neptune by Jean Donaldson Candid answers to urgent questions about aggression and other aspects of dog behavior!
  • Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson
  • Mine: A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson
  • For those whose dogs who have trouble sharing their “stuff” with humans.


  • Successful Dog Adoptions by Sue Sternberg
  • Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson


  • The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health
  • Delivers animal health expertise in everyday language that all pet owners can understand. This in-depth new resource, authored by over 200 veterinary experts, covers the full spectrum of today’s pets, from dogs, cats and horses to birds, reptiles, fish and other exotic pets.
  • ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual


  • Before & After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar
  • Outlines everything you need to know to select the right puppy, as well as all the crucial lessons a puppy must be taught during its impressionable early development.
  • Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell


  • Cats for Dummies by Gina Spadafori
  • Great book for your first cat (or the first one you’ve had on your own).
  • Kittens for Dummies by Dusty Rainbolt
  • Great book for your first cat (or the first one you’ve had on your own).
  • The New Encyclopedia of the Cat by Bruce Dogle, DVM
  • A great breed book with descriptions, breed tendencies and lots of helpful information including behaviors and interactions. (Includes lots of pictures!)
  • Good Owners, Great Cats by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson
  • Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett


  • ASPCA Complete Cat Care Manual by Andrew Edney, Roger Caras
  • The Cornell Book of Cats: A Comprehensive and Authoritative Medical Reference by Mordecai Siegal


  • Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problems by Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • Great book on your cat’s behaviors, and the reasons they behave in these ways.
  • Psycho Kitty? by Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • shows how to plan, set up, and maintain a home environment that will help multiple cats—and their owners—live in peace.
  • The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions and the Psychology of Cats by Nicholas Dodman


  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul by Jack Canfield
  • Lost and Found: Dogs, Cats and Everyday Heroes at a County Animal Shelter by Elizabeth Hess
  • Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski


  • The Bookshop Dog by Cynthia Rylant, 1996, Blue Sky Press, New York.
  • Bentley and Blueberry by Randy Houk, 1993, HSUS/The Benefactory.
  • Max Deluxe by Maira Kalman, 1996, Viking Books.
  • Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson, 1985, Scholastic, Inc.
  • Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey, 1994, The Blue Sky Press, New York.
  • Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey, The Blue Sky Press, New York.
  • Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey, The Blue Sky Press, New York.
  • A Home For Nathan by Claudia Roll, 1999, The William Snyder Foundation for Animals
  • A Dog’s Best Friend, An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs by Lisa Rosenthal, 1999, Chicago Review Press.
  • Norman to the Rescue by Loren Spiotta-DiMare, 1998, HSUS/The Benefactory.
  • Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague.
  • Muddy Four Paws by Jean Ure, 1998, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
  • Snow Kittens by Jean Ure, 1998, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.