About Us


Photo: Celebrate the holiday season with Dessin Animal Shelter by taking photos with Santa at Pet Central in Honesdale!  PLUS, a holiday bake sale, adoptable furry friends and more! Spread the good word Dessin friends!

Adopting A Friend

  • Spay and neuter: No pet leaves our shelter without being spayed or neutered -- even kittens and puppies as young as 8 weeks old.  By spaying and neutering our adoptees, as well as offering our spay/neuter program to the general public, we are trying to make ourselves part of the solution to the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Ten point behavioral assessment: A formal, ten point behavioral assessment is conducted on each dog to attempt to identify aggression or behavior problems, as well as to learn about the dog's personality, with the ultimate purpose being to help us determine what the best type of home would be for each particular dog/puppy, in order to help raise the odds of a successful match. 
  • Health care program: Dessin has a progressive health care program to ensure that all pets offered for adoption are as healthy as possible. All animals surrendered to our shelter are started immediately on a vaccination and flea, mite and deworming program.  Cats and kittens are also tested for feline leukemia.
  • Microchips: Our pets also go out the door microchipped (registration is included in the adoption fee.)

Who We Are

Dessin Animal Shelter is a private, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1968 by mother and daughter, Olga and Dorothea Dessin.  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.

A nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, Dessin is funded by donations from our supporters and fundraisers arranged by our board of directors and staff.  Adoption fees help defray some of the expenses of caring for each animal. Every pet is spayed or neutered before adoption, and has been started on a vaccination and worming program.

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.

Come Visit Us

Dessin Animal Shelter is located at 138 Miller Drive in Honesdale, PA.

Shelter Hours (Effective Tuesday, March 15, 2016)

 Monday, Wednesday & Thursday      12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
 Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Closed to the Public on Tuesdays, Sundays and Major Holidays!

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