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It's time to clean out your closets, go through your basement storage, and make a donation that counts! During the week of July 5-11 HSHA will benefit for every pound donated through Community Aid donation bins everywhere.

The shelter has a bin located in the upper parking lot, but there are many bins located throughout Central Pennsylvania communities. Just look for the tan colored bin with the helping hands logo or click here to find the one closest to you. Each donation will contribute to needs of the over 700 homeless animal residents at HSHA. In addition, an open house celebration will occur on July 9th with a special weeknight vaccine clinic from 5:00-7:00 p.m..

Don't wait, start looking through all those boxes and reaching into the back of your closet for your unwanted goods and take them to a Community Aid donation bin July 5-11.

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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.

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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.

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Marlowe's Summer Campaign
Meet Marlowe. She is out of school and decided it was time to start a summer campaign. Her chosen cause, the pit bulls of HSHA. She stands in front of her house in Harrisburg soliciting $.50 donations. All the money that she collects will be gifted to the shelter to support the many dogs that come in from Harrisburg city, primarily pits. Marlowe came up with this idea all on her own and has gotten a great response from her community so far by raising $126.57.

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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 Yard Sale - May 14-16
Christmas in July - July 11
American Red Cross Blood Drive - July 14

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