Dessin Animal Shelter

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Who We Are

The Dessin Animal Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1968 by mother and daughter, Olga and Dorothea Dessin, who established a fund that was to be used to help homeless animals.

Since its beginning, Dessin has been a means of survival for thousands of unwanted animals that have been abandoned or surrendered for a variety of reasons. Yearly over 2000 animals pass through the doors of our small, rural shelter.

A non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, Dessin is funded by donations from our supporters and fundraisers arranged by the staff and volunteers. Adoption fees help to defray some of the expenses of caring for each animal. We take our commitment to helping and caring for these animals very seriously. It is our goal to provide them with the best possible comfort and care we can while they are in our shelter.

Adopting a friend

At Dessin we try hard to make every adoption the best experience possible for the the people and the pets. We encourage people to discuss with the shelter staff their wants and needs as far as a new pet goes, so that we can try and help them pick a suitable companion. We assess the health, temperament and behavior of all of our pets before they are placed for adoption, so that we can help new owners make the adjustment to a new home as easy as possible. Every pet is neutered before adoption, as well as having been started on a vaccination and de-worming program. Cats are screened for feline leukemia virus . All pets are Microchipped prior to leaving the shelter!

Come Visit Us!

The Dessin Animal Shelter is located on Miller Road, off Route 191 north of Honesdale, directly behind the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
Dessin Animal Shelter
138 Miller Drive
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: 570-253-4037


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