Come Celebrate the Pit Bull Breed at HSHA's Pittie Party

October 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Pittie Party celebrates the often misunderstood Pit Bull Breed. This breed makes up a large percentage of HSHA's adoptable dog population. HSHA invites all animal lovers (and their leashed canine pals of all breeds) to join us for a free, fun-filled day celebrating breed equality. Visitors can enjoy vendors for pets and pet owners, food and drink, a photo booth, a costume contest, an adoptable pittie parade, kids activities, and adoption and retail specials!  Well-known Pit Bull advocacy groups will also be on hand at the event. A low-cost vaccination and microchipping clinic will also be available the morning of the event. During the event, adoptions of resident HSHA Pit Bulls will be 50% off. Click here for more information.

FUR Ball Gala & Auction


Get tickets for the FUR BALL NOW before invitations even hit the mailboxes! Print, mail, fax, or email this form to the attention of HSHA’s Director of Marketing, Megan Strausbaugh and reserve your seat TODAY. Don’t wait, space is limited and tickets will go fast! Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference in Central PA’s homeless animal population. Your attendance helps animals find FURever Homes!!!

Book Buddies


Consider the HSHA BOOK BUDDY PROGRAM. This program helps children in Grades 1-8 keep (or even improve) their reading skills sharp while they provide socialization for our shelter cats. Reservations are required so we can ensure that we have space and volunteers ready to assist.  Time slots are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please email this completed form and return it to nancyv@humanesocietyhbg.org

Job Opening

HSHA is seeking hard-working, dependable, animal lovers to fulfill a variety of job openings. Working with animals is not only a fun job but extremely rewarding. If you have the skills necessary to be successful in the shelter environment, please check out our our Job Openings tab for more information. To apply, please complete a job application and pre-employement questionaire.

Resource Library

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.

Community Partner

Each year, Applebee’s runs a “Dog Days of Summer” promotion that benefits HSHA. The promotion creates friendly competition between the local Applebee’s restaurants located in Harrisburg, Colonial Park, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, York, Ephrata, and Lancaster. This year the Carlisle Applebee’s raised the most money, but together all the restaurants raised over $5,000. Pictured on the right is HSHA’s Executive Director, Amy Kaunas, and on the left is Heather, the top server at Carlisle Applebee’s for the “Dog Days of Summer” promotion. Congratulations Heather and thank you to all the staff of each Applebee’s restaurant. The support is truly invaluable.

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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.


October 9 | Shelter Buddies Basket Bingo

October 22 | Pittie Party

November 12 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction

December 3 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

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