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.  

Board of Directors

Dessin Animal Shelter is run by a board of directors. The people listed below have volunteered their time and resources to make the shelter what it is today. Our goal is to keep the animals happy, healthy and get them adopted into happy homes for many years to come.

Current board members include, Chaz Augello - Co-Chair, Pam Wilson - Co-Chair, Bryan Utegg - Treasurer, Nancy Vrable - Secretary,  Lisa Weber - Director, Renee Jourdanais - Director, Branden Rosencranse - Director, Rich Hayes - Director, Emily Bold - Director, Marie Sinisgalli - Director