2018 Dog Licenses

Reminder!! It's That Time of the Year

You can get an application under dog licenses using the more tab above, then clicking on the dog license tab. Get a lifetime license my making an appointment at the shelter to microchip your dog. Pleas call 570-253-4037 to make an appointment. Cost is $35.00 and includes the micro-chipping registration.

2018 Rabies Clinics

Additional Information will be posted when it becomes available

Hawley- May 7, 2018

Pleasant Mount- May 10, 2018

Beach Lake- May 15,2018

Waymart- May 16, 2018

Carbondale- May 24, 2018

Honesdale- May 31, 2018

About Us

  Founded in 1968 by mother and daughter Olga and Dorothea Dessin, Dessin Animal Shelter is a private, nonprofit organization that assists in the placement of many animals each year into loving homes. Shelter employees are committed to offering comfort while in their care and ensuring that, before adoption, each pet is tested for disease,spayed or neutered and receives vaccinations.  Dessin is able to do so through proceeds from the Cat’s Pajamas, generosity of donors, grant assistance and funds from community awareness and fundraising events.

Dessin Animal Shelter provides many important services to the surrounding area including:

  • shelter for lost, abandoned or displaced animals
  • community education
  • adoption services
  • spay and neuter program
  • cruelty prevention
  • humane education

Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Please contact the shelter for more information.


Thank You

 Whether you help through monetary donations, attending our events, or volunteering your time, thank you. We couldn't keep our doors open without the help of supporters like you.  

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and help keep our shelter doors open

Please Use This Link to See Our Available Animals for Adoption

Up Coming Events

Complimentary Buffet

Sunday April 22,2018 12:00pm-3:00pm

Goodwill Donations excepted, proceeds benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Family friendly event

Mother's Day Flower Sale

 Friday May 11, & Saturday May 12

9:00am to 5:00pm both days. Fred Miller Pavilion Main St. Honesdale, Pa 

Proceeds benefit Dessin Animal Shelter.

Kitten Shower

  Saturday May 19,2018 12:00pm-3:00pm at the Dessin Animal Shelter 138 Miller Dr Honesdale, PA 18431 

Bring the whole family and join Dessin as we welcome kitten season with our 1st annual Kitten Shower. There will be games and activities for the kids and plenty of treats for everyone. Our kitten registry includes these items:
Kitten Formula & Bottles
Clay Litter
Poop Scoopers
Paper Towels
Lightly used blankets and towels. 


 This is a recurring event, The Car Wash on Hamlin Hwy & Dog Wash Too. Dog Washing Fundraiser, the following dates are all Saturday's

May 5

June 2

July 7

August 4

September 1

October 6

10:00am to 3:00pm each day. All revenue on the above dates will go directly to support Dessin Animal Shelter. Assistance will be available for first time patrons using the self serve dog wash.

Furry Fiesta

Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm to 7:00pm 

Up a Creek Inn 148 S. Sterling Rd. South Sterling, PA  18460

 Join Dessin for a 50th Anniversary Celebration at the 1st annual FURRY FIESTA! Enjoy Yappy Hour, vendors, festivities, and more. This is a dog friendly event.
For more information please contact Up a Creek Inn at 570-676-4007 or on their Facebook page. 

Motorcycle Ride

 Please come join us for our first Annual Motorcycle Ride Sunday, June 3rd! It begins at Bongo Road House in Lake Ariel and winds along a scenic route to Arlo’s Tavern in Uniondale. The ride will wrap up back at Bongo’s.Food and alcoholic drinks can be purchased. Water and soda are free! This event will be LOTS of FUN and FRESH AIR! Please come support the animals at the Dessin Animal Shelter. All proceeds will benefit the Dessin's

2136 Lake Ariel Highway
Lake Ariel, Pa
Registration 9:30am – 10:45am KSU 11:00am
Ride to Arlo’s
Route 171
Union dale, Pa
End at Bongo"s

$20.00 per Rider $10.00 Passenger 

Board of Directors

 Dessin Animal Shelter is a private, nonprofit organization that assists in the placement of many animals each year into loving homes.  Dessin is able to do so through proceeds from the Cat’s Pajamas, generosity of donors, grant assistance and funds from community awareness and fundraising events.Our Board of Directors serve entirely as volunteers. 

BOARD MEMBERS:Chaz Augello Board Co-Chair, Krista Strehle-DeCamp Board Co-Chair, Nancy Vrabel Secretary, Bryan Utegg Treasurer, Rich Hayes Director, Lisa Weber Director, Renee Jourdanais Director, Branden Rosencranse Director, Pamela Wilson Director, Frank Marcos Director, Kathy Adams Director, Emily Bold Director

Contact Us / Email Us

Dessin Animal Shelter

138 Miller Dr, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431, United States

(570) 253-4037



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Better Yet

 Please stop by and see all the animals waiting to find a home, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431