Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity Found at Local Animal Shelter


Volunteering at a shelter helps to give innocent animals a chance for a better life. Teacher Marianne Morgan is grateful she had the opportunity to adopt her beloved dog Shadow from a shelter. "He was a beautiful, kind dog who became very important to my family," she said.

Nicholas Kassen, Staff Reporter

Dessin Animal Shelter is looking for caring, reliable and responsible volunteers who have a minimum age of 16. Dessin is a private, nonprofit organization located at 138 Miller Drive in Honesdale. The shelter was founded in 1968 by mother and daughter, Olga and Dorothea Dessin. Their contribution and compassion for animals reflect the commitment of keeping their dream alive today by the dedicated staff, volunteers and board members.

There are many opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of the cats and dogs at Dessin by being a volunteer.  An employee named Brittany shared with me how volunteers help with various tasks at the shelter. The tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Exercise/walk dogs.
  • Clean cages/litter.
  • Attend offsite events.
  • Laundry-washing of towels.
  • Helping with indoor/outdoor maintenance.
  • Transporting of animals.
  • Fostering of kittens and puppies.

Brittany also stated that if you are unavailable to volunteer any charitable donation would be appreciated.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at Dessin Animal Shelter, an application is available on their website  Furthermore, if you have any questions about volunteering, please call the shelter at 570-253-4037 for more information. You can truly make a difference in the life of a cat or dog by being a volunteer and devoting your free time to an organization that assists in the placement of animals into loving homes. Hope to see you at Dessin!