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National Pet Memorial Day | Sunday, September 13, 2015
This is a special day set aside where we honor the pets that we have loved and lost. Healing Haven, HSHA's Pet Bereavement support program, offers services to help aid in the grieving process of losing a loved pet. In recogonition of National Pet Memorial Day we have several suggestions to celebrate a pet's life and information on the different services offered through Healing Haven. Click here for more information.

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Looking for something to do this summer?  Want to give back to your community?  If you have not reached the age of 18 years and/or are not able to volunteer weekly and year-round because of school, activities, jobs, etc. but want to help the homeless animals from our area, please consider doing one or more of the following:

  1. Plan, organize, and conduct a donation drive for specific items on our Wish List. The items we almost always need are paper towels, non-scoopable kitty litter, used linens (towels, blankets, sheets, etc.), unscented bleach, and gift cards for gasoline or pet or office supplies. By creating posters or flyers and advertising such a drive, arranging dates, times, and locations for the collection of selected items, and delivering the donations to our shelter, the student would be performing a much-needed service that would greatly benefit our resident animals.
  2. As another component of the project, the individual might write a ‘how-to’ guide that others could use for similar projects in the future.  If this work is to fulfill a school or group/activity requirement and HSHA staff verification of the completion of such a project is needed, the individual would be responsible for contacting our Volunteer Coordinator at nancyv@humanesocietyhbg.org and provide her with all paperwork required in advance.
  3. Another suggestion is to conduct a cash donation drive, following the same procedures above. The individual could designate that the cash be used as Guardian Angel funds for the animal(s) of his/her choice or as a general donation to our shelter.

Please check the United Way of the Capital Region’s website (www.uwcr.org) or your school for information about other opportunities available in our area.

Resource Library

Therapeutic Benefits of Pets | Contributed by: Emma Naylor

Pets are a great addition to any household, and they bring tangible benefits to their owner, too – not only are they loyal and loving, but they encourage exercise, help develop social skills, and bring families together. The benefits of adopting a pet go beyond how adorable and playful they are; in fact, one of their biggest advantages often goes unnoticed. Pets, especially cats and dogs, have therapeutic benefits that reinforce just how special they are both to society and their individual owners. Read the entire article for more information.

Community Partner


The staff at UGI sponsored their first annual motorcycle ride and chose the HSHA as the benefactor. Together they raised $825 to support all of our homeless residents. Special shout out to Tannie Cullison who raised the most money!

Donate to Humane Society of HarrisburgAdopt a pet from the Humane Society of Harrisburg
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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

We are currently in need of paper towelsnon-clumping kitty litter, non-scented clorox bleach, sturdy dog toys, dry kitten chow food and cat toys. If you'd like to help out, please drop some off at the shelter!

We have several dogs and cats that are looking for a foster home.  If you think you may be able to help, please visit our Fosters Needed page.


Shelter Buddies Basket Bingo - October 4
Pittie Party - October 24
Fur Ball Gala & Auction - November 14

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