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Dessin Animal Shelter Could Face Closure

Because of mounting financial losses, the only animal shelter in Wayne County is warning that it could be forced to close if things don't improve.
After being open for 46 years, the only animal shelter in Wayne County could soon be forced to close its doors.

The directors of the Dessin Animal Shelter near Honesdale say mounting financial losses could force the facility to close this fall if things don't improve.

You wouldn't know it by looking at the dogs and cats at the Dessin Animal Shelter, but the facility is in trouble.

"We're afraid that the community is not going to miss us until we're gone and we don't want that to happen," Executive Director Dara Coslett Granza said.

Executive Director Dara Coslett Granza says the shelter may be forced to shut its doors this fall if the shelter's financial situation does not improve.

It currently costs $35,000 a month to operate the shelter but only $25,000 has been coming in for the last six months, creating quite a deficit.

Workers say the shelter is much more than a place for people to find an animal, they sponsor rabies clinics and help in neglect cases.

"We also try to educate the public. We try to help the public with any of their cruelty issues," Vet Tech Crystal Crum said.

As soon as word of the shelter's financial woes got out, Keith Knapp who is general manager at Aaron's Sales and Lease in Honesdale stopped by the shelter to see if he could help by organizing a fundraiser.

Officials say it is that type of help they desperately need.

"I have eight or nine people that work for me in my store and just about every single oen of them have gotten an animal from this facility," Knapp said. "It is the place to go. You know that you're going to get a good animal and it's just part of the community."

A community that currently has no other animal shelter.

"It could be a situation where you have feral cats that have illnesses and stray dogs running in the community's yards and no one to call because there's no place for them," Coslett Granza said.

To help the Dessin Animal Shelter, visit www.dessinshelter.com, where there is a direct PayPal site set up.

You can also visit the shelter on Miller Drive near Honesdale or call them at (570) 253-4037.
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