SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than $16,000 has been raised for local animal shelters like Dakin Humane Society in Springfield by a family-owned business Rocky’s Ace Hardware.

Customers donated during its “round-up for pets” fundraiser that rounds up the total amount to the next dollar. A total of $2,073.45 will be going toward the Dakin Humane Society. The shelter helps more than 20,000 animals each year.

“We are a local business that prioritizes supporting our local community, and we are thrilled to provide support to the Dakin Humane Society and local animal shelters. Being active in the community is very important to us,” said Rocco Falcone, President, and CEO of Rocky’s Ace Hardware.

22News spoke with Lee Chambers of the Dakin Humane Society about the importance of these funds, “Dakin is very appreciative of what was raised in this holiday pet drive and we’re going to direct the funds where they are most needed. This gift is most appreciated and we really are grateful to Rocky’s Ace and their customers and their customers who were so generous.”

Rocky’s Ace Hardware has been a contribution to the community since 1926. It is a fourth-generation family-owned business with over 48 locations.

On Wednesday a donation presentation will be taking place at Rocky’s located on 50 Island Pond Road in Springfield.