Pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets may access the HSHA food bank and food is also distributed through other local animal welfare organizations and food banks. Patrons of the pet food bank who need dog food are required to show proof of a valid dog license. Dog licenses are required by law and can be a life-saving tool for stray or lost dogs. Dog licenses can be purchased for a nominal fee at HSHA.
HSHA also partners with AniMeals, who distributes pet food to elderly pet owners participating in Meals on Wheels. For more information, contact HSHA at (717) 564-3320.
In addition, donations to the pet food bank may be made at the following locations:
In homes where there is violence, pets are often threatened or injured by the violent partner. The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc., in partnership with Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, has created the SafeHaven Program for pets in situations like these.
The SafeHaven program provides short-term emergency housing for dogs and cats owned by individuals or families in crisis within Central PA who are staying at a participating domestic violence shelter. The dogs and cats are cared for by foster families under the supervision of Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s medical and animal care staff.
The SafeHaven program provides free of charge: up to 30 days of board; vaccinations; food and water; daily care and affection.
The SafeHaven program is available for those residing at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg or Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties. Referrals to the SafeHaven program can be made by calling one of the participating domestic violence shelters' hotlines: YWCA of Greater Harrisburg - 800-654-1211 or Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties - 800-852-2102.
Pets are part of the family in many American households and should be well taken care of and protected. In emergencies, pets may be left behind because their owners cannot take them to local emergency shelters. In other cases, pet owners may have to leave their homes quickly, not knowing what to do about their beloved animals. Fortunately, there is a place you can take your pet where it will be loved and cared for in your absence. The SafeHaven Program can be your pet's temporary home during emergencies.
The dogs and cats participating in the SafeHaven program are cared for under the supervision of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area's medical and animal care staff.
The SafeHaven program provides free of charge:
When making disaster plans for your pet, please consider us a resource.
We are currently in need of Non-clumping (clay) cat litter, Liquid Laundry detergent, Paper towels, Hand soap, Ziplock style sandwich baggies (any brand), 13 and 60 Gallon Trash bags, Purina Healthy Weight Cat Chow (orange bag- dry food), Purina ONE Sensitive Stomach cat food (dry food), Kitten canned food (any brand), Soft and chewy dog treats, Gift cards for Gasoline (for animal transport and cruelty investigations); Pet Stores (for animal supplies and food), Local stores (Walmart, Weis, Giant, Home Depot, Lowes- for emergency supplies and building repairs); Office Supply Stores (paper, ink cartridges, etc). 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.
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February 19-23 | Deep Clean Week
April 15-22 Volunteer Appreciation Week
May 5 | 5K Run/Walk for the Animals
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SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
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