Adoption Information


Adoption Information

 At Dessin, we take each adoption seriously. We make every effort to ensure that the match between the animal and your family is one that will bring happiness to everyone involved.   

Adopting From Us

  • 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, 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.)

Adoption Fees

Our adoption fees include the costs involved with the following services which ensure the health and safety of your new pet:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip and registration
  • Flea, mite and worm medicine
  • Feline leukemia screening
  • Routine vaccinations except Rabies

2019 Rates(Adoption fees vary based on care and breed)
Please Scroll Down for Downloadable Adoption Forms

Dog Adoption Rates: Puppy-$250 & Up, Adult Dog-$100.00 & Up, Pure Breeds meeting AKC standards $300.00
Cat Adoption Rates:Kitten-$75.00 or 2 Kittens for $100.00Adult Cat-$50.00
Senior 7/70 Special:  Senior pets adopted by senior humans: $7 as long as the pet is 7 years old or older and the person adopting is 70 years old or older (some animals may not qualify)   Pennsylvania residents are required to leave with a dog license. 

We encourage you to come into the shelter and meet all our wonderful pets waiting for new homes. Talk with the staff, interact with the animals, and make your choice. 


Adoption Applications

Please scroll down to find the downloadable applications for cat & dog. Please fill out, choose your way to get it to us: Mail it, Dessin Animal Shelter 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431, email it to us  , or bring it to us and see all the great animals looking for their Fur-ever home.