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Frequently asked questions

C.A.R.E Kit stands for Canine Assistance, Resource and Empowerment. C.A.R.E Kits are customized for you and your dog’s particular needs and benefit the people in the family as well as their dogs. 

C.A.R.E. Kits are designed to help special needs pet families keep their dogs in difficult times. Special needs include, but are not limited to, the following:

For the people in the pet family: 

  • No transportation 
  • Home-bound 

Dogs in the pet family: 

  • Require a special diet prescribed by a veterinarian 
  •  Have a food or environmental allergy requiring limited ingredient food and/or medication that the pet family cannot afford 

If you are not a special needs pet family, check out our Resources page for other pet food options. 

Our C.A.R.E Kit program service area is limited to the following MA cities and towns: Agawam/Feeding Hills, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Longmeadow, South Hadley, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield.

Other services we provide include behavioral training, vaccinations, spay/neuter assistance and some vet care. Please note, all services are dependent on available resources – all services may not be available at all times.

Kane’s Krusade does not rescue, foster or board dogs. We have no kennel or boarding facilities. Review our Get Help section to see if we can help you keep your dog.

If you do not want assistance keeping your dog and live in the Greater Springfield MA area, please visit the Dakin Humane Society website for rehoming options. 

If you found the animal in Springfield, Chicopee or Holyoke, please contact Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center at 413-781-1484. Please note that Dakin Humane Society does not take stray animals. If you found the animal in a city other than the ones listed earlier, contact your local animal control officer for assistance. 

Yes, we can only take applications from families who are receiving some form of federal, state or local aid. This includes food stamps, WIC, transitional assistance, fuel assistance, unemployment, disability (SSI or SSDI), Meals on Wheels and/or Mass Health/Medicaid.

Check out our Vet Care page for more information.

Our Pet Family Housing program works with local property managers and landlords to identify pet-inclusive housing options. If you live in MA or CT, please fill out an application and we will connect you with our Pet Family Housing Specialist.

We no longer distribute dog houses on a regular basis, as demand has decreased significantly.

No, we help all breeds of dog.

Unfortunately at this time we can only assist dog owners. Check out our Resources page for helpful links.

We are not a law enforcement agency. Please report all suspected cruelty/neglect to the MSPCA Law Enforcement division or your local Animal Control Officer.

Have other questions?

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