2019 Humane Award Winners


Frances M. Wells Award - Paige Pinney & Lorie Page

Paige Pinney

(Paige Pinney)

Read about Paige & Lorie here


Youth Award - Lillian Barden

Read about Lillian here


Champion Award - Senator James Welch

Read about Senator Welch here


Richard and Nathalie Woodbury Philanthropy Award - The late Mary Almeida

Read about Mary here


Animal Hero Award - Officer Joel Wun & K-9 Partner Xito

Read about them here

Dakin Humane Society's Humane Awards


Do you know a hero? Is there someone in your life who goes out of their way to care for animals in need? A young person who volunteers their time to help animals? An animal that showed amazing public service or courage in a crisis?* You can nominate them to be honored for a Dakin Humane Award.  Each year Dakin Humane Society will recognize extraordinary people and a superstar animal who are heroes in their communities.

In celebration of Dakin’s 50th Anniversary we are reintroducing The Humane Awards as a celebration of our community and the individuals who actively improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them by embracing Dakin’s mission in their everyday life and treatment of animals.

The awards consist of multiple community-based award categories along with a philanthropy and a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of individuals making a positive difference in lives of animals and people. The honorees and finalists represent all ages and walks of life and demonstrate their commitment and concern for animals through their life and work. Humane Awards honor members of the community who share Dakin's belief that the way we treat animals reflects our communities' health.


Award Types & Descriptions


Frances M. Wells Award - An award that originated during Dakin Humane Society’s earliest years in honor of Greenfield Animal Shelter’s benefactor, Frances M. Wells, for whom the shelter was originally named after to recognize her contribution in building the area’s first animal shelter. This award is given to an individual recognized for notable contributions to the Health and Welfare of Animals. (Public nomination and voting)

Youth Award - This award honors a hero, 16 years or younger, who through the display of extraordinary care and compassion makes a difference in the life of an animal and makes the world a kinder and gentler place. (Public nomination and voting)

Champion Award - Honors a public servant who faithfully served and made life better for tens of thousands of animals and people in western Massachusetts. This award honors the dedication and compassion on behalf of animals and people in need. (Public nomination and voting)

Richard and Nathalie Woodbury Philanthropy Award - Named after the couple whose vision and legacy secured Dakin’s future. This award is given to an individual who displays a remarkable sense of stewardship in sharing time, talent and financial resources to improve the lives of animals and people who love them. (Public nomination and voting)

Animal Hero Award - Award to recognize an exceptional animal and handler (when applicable) whose valor and extraordinary devotion to people proved lifesaving in disastrous or challenging heath circumstances. (Public nomination and voting)


Humane Awards 2020 - Nominations Available Soon!