ANIMAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

At HSHA, we have found the greatest success in teaching Humane Education with school-age children through our Animal Exchange Program. The Animal Exchange Program is a wonderful resource for teachers to make learning fun in all subjects and improve the learning environment for their students. Studies show kids turn to pets for emotional well-being, especially when they are feeling down. They also seek out pets when feeling tired, upset, scared or lonely. With this kind of impact, it should be no surprise that pets aid in improving school attendance too. Through this hands-on learning style, students not only learn about topics associated with animal welfare and humane treatment, but many other important life lessons. For example:

  • A sense of responsibility and respect for life
  • Sensitivity and awareness towards the feelings and needs of others – both animals and humans alike.
  • Understanding that living things need more than just food and water for survival
  • Understanding how their behavior and actions affect others.

Kids and pets are a winning combination! Partner with HSHA to continue reaching the younger generations through the Animal Exchange Program. Together, we will improve the current conditions and pave the future for the pets and people within our communities.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Greater Harrisburg Foundation. Your students can learn hands-on pet ownership responsibilities while caring for a small pet in your classroom. HSHA provides cage, initial supplies and food, and medical care while the animal is in this program. Principal’s approval is required. To learn more about or apply for the Animal Exchange Program, please click here.

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2019 EVENTS

2019 EVENTS CALENDAR

July 27 | Christmas in July Adopt-A-Thon

October 19 | Pittie Party

November 9 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction

December 7 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

Pet of the Week

Benaiah (Rooney)

https://www.petfinder.com/dog/benaiah-rooney-44180536/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

Handsome, handsome, handsome. That's all anyone says about me. I'm Benaiah, named after a character in the bible who bravely killed a lion. But everyone here just calls me Benny! I was born in 2017 and was first at the shelter in the spring of 2018. My ears had just been (badly) cropped and they needed care, then my rear leg was severely injured and my owners neglected to get treatment soon enough. My friends at the shelter took me back in July 2018, but it was too late for my leg -- it had to be amputated. So I became a tripod dog! Of course it did not slow me down one bit. I was adopted in March of 2019 after HSHA won ownership of me in the cruelty case against my neglectful owner. I got a new name, Rooney...but I was returned in August 2019. My first two years of life have been difficult, and I'm really in need of a stable, permanent home. I'm very much a dog who lives in the present, and no tough past is going to hang on my shoulders. I'm looking for a special family who can give me the life I deserve after spending so many months recuperating in the shelter, only to be adopted and returned. I love to play fetch and I've even learned the command "drop it," which I'm very proud of, I know "sit" too, and I love to get rewarded with treats and affection. I've very strong, so no kids under 12 in my new home, please.

Chantey 

https://www.petfinder.com/cat/chantey-45192764/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

Hold me! I'm Chantey, a small black cat who was a stray. I love to be held, and if you could walk me over to a window and let me watch the birds, that would be perfect. I'm slightly fearful and still trying to figure everything out. My life on the streets may have been tough, and I'm not sure who to trust yet. However, I'm trying hard. I know black cats gets overlooked, so I'm hoping my huge golden eyes will make people stop and say "Wow, I need to adopt that black cat!"

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