As a valued community member, we are pleased to inform you that we have been awarded grant funding to engage in a full-scale strategic planning effort. As you know, our organization does not receive funding from the government or from any national organizations, and we rely exclusively on the generous support of members of the community, like you, to fulfill our mission.  We are now turning to you to ask for your help as we chart our course for the future.   

We have been given a very unique opportunity to survey our supporters, partners, and community members to evaluate the animal welfare needs in our community, and to determine if there are ways we can expand or enhance our programs and services to meet those needs.  The survey is available online by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSHAcommunitysurvey. Your participation is critical, because it will help us determine the programs and services we will offer to build a better future for the pets and people in our local community. Thank you! 


You are cordially invited to attend the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s 16th Annual Fur Ball Gala& Auction. This black-tie, signature event caters to our most passionate supporters and raises vital funds to help HSHA continue to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education, and collaboration. The Fur Ball Gala & Auction is an elegant event showcasing  great food, top-notch auction items, adoptable animals and great  entertainment, all while supporting a great cause.  This year's event will be hosted at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg on November 4, 2017. Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale!!


I’m Tiny – the Red-Eared Slider formerly known as Shambo. I’ve had a real lucky streak lately. First, I was chosen to be a part of the Animal Exchange Program at HSHA. That got me a temporary home in the ‘Terrific Turtles’ kindergarten class at Mount Rock Elementary School in November. Then, last month, Mrs. Header, the teacher herself, officially adopted me! I may not be your typical classroom pet, but the students love to sit in front of my tank and read to me, and I even do a little dance when ‘mom’ comes to feed me shrimp.

I currently have two sweet friends waiting at the shelter that would be perfect for the animal exchange program. Check out my rabbit friend Gary Laser Eye or my buddy, the Guinea pig, Snickers. They would be perfect additions to any classrooom! To learn more about the HSHA Animal Exchange Program or to apply for a pet, please click here. If you have any questions, please e-mail them to nancyv@humanesocietyhbg.org or call 564-3320 ext.122.


By: Charlotte Hassman, Director of Animal Care

Recently, HSHA has seen an increase number of dogs arriving from Harrisburg city infected with the parvovirus. Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that is spread from dog to dog through direct and indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. Parvovirus (parvo), when contracted by a dog, can be fatal. It can be treated, but the mortality rate is quite high. The good news is that measures can be taken to help prevent your dog from becoming infected with parvo.

To better understand the virus and ways to prevent your family pet from becoming infected, click here to become informed.


Pictured are students from Milton Hershey School (and two of their teachers). Together they volunteered at HSHA by helping to sort, log, and put away donations and make busy buckets for all our dogs! The whole group got a tour of the shelter and followed along as staff handed out the individual buckets to each of the shelter dogs. Their trip to HSHA was for the MHS annual Day of Service- an event where MHS students volunteer at 50+ local organizations to gain a deeper appreciation of the value of community service.

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We are currently in need of soft training treats (made in USA), Busy Bones, sensitive stomach cat food, peanut butter, unscented bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Dawn dishwashing detergent, Clorox wipes, waterless shampoo, kitten milk replacer, and paper towels. If you'd like to help out, please drop some off at the shelter!

Check out HSHA's Amazon Wish List for more specific needs.

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.


July 15 | Christmas in July

October 8 | Shelter Buddies Basket Bingo

October 21 | Pittie Party

November 4 | FUR Ball Gala & Auction

December 2 | Holiday Open House & Adopt-A-Thon

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Workplace Giving

CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) – 77697
SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022