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Dessin Animal Shelter was founded in 1968 by mother-daughter duo Olga and Dorothea Dessin. Thanks to the generosity of the community, they've been going strong ever since. They're committed to making an impact on both the human and animal lives they touch and deliver the following crucial services:
Dessin Animal Shelter strives to find loving homes for all their animals to keep them happy and healthy throughout their lives. They're grateful to board members, staff, volunteers, and each and every community member who attends programs, adopts, or supports the shelter in any way.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
All dogs that are adopted from Dessin Animal Shelter go through a 10-point behavioral assessment that helps identify aggression and behavioral problems. The assessment also helps staff learn more about the dog's personality and helps dogs get paired up with the perfect person or family.
Once you're ready to adopt, you can download an application form for either dogs or cats (linked below). You can send it to the shelter by snail mail, email, or drop it off in person.
Once you've been approved, visit the shelter and meet the gorgeous cats and dogs up for adoption and get ready to fall in love!
Once you've been matched up with a pet, spend time playing with them and chat to the staff to find out more about the pet's personality and behavior.
Finally, complete the required paperwork and take your pet to their forever home right away.
Adoption applications are available on their website:
Adoption fees at Dessin Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, flea, mite and worm treatments, vaccinations (excluding rabies), and feline leukemia screening.
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.