THE PITTIE PARTY IS THIS SATURDAY! So, come celebrate the, often misunderstood, Pit Bull Breed. This breed makes up a large percentage of HSHA's adoptable dog population. All animal lovers (and their leashed canine pals of all breeds) are invited to join us for a free, fun-filled day celebrating breed equality. Visitors can enjoy 25+ vendors for pets and pet owners, food and drink, a photo booth, a costume contest, a 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.


The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s 16th Annual Fur Ball Gala& Auction Pre-Event Online Auction is now LIVE. To start bidding click here. Online Auction winners will be announced at the Gala and posted online. Please note, attendance at the Gala is not necessary to participate in the online auction.

This year's event will be hosted at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg on November 4, 2017. Tickets are still available. Click here to purchase a seat or table at this year's event!

For more information about this event, click here.


It's back to school time. While teachers are working to set up their classrooms, parents and their kids are out shopping for all those back to school essentials. At HSHA we are encouraging teachers, parents, and students alike to consider having a small pet in your classroom. The HSHA Animal Exchange Program, provides an enriching experience for students to learn hands-on pet ownership responsibilities while also benefiting the shelter's furry critters as they recieve socialization and lots of love. Pets typically approved for Animal Exchange include Guinea Pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc. HSHA provides the housing, initial supplies and food, and medical care for animals placed through this program. To learn more about the HSHA Animal Exchange Program or to apply for a pet, please click here.


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.


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