Crisis Assistance

Pet Food Bank

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:

  • Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Harrisburg (6001 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Lemoyne (1200 Market Street, Lemoyne)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Mechanicsburg (4870 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Boiling Springs (413 Forge Road, Boiling Springs)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Middletown (101 South Union Street, Middletown)
  • Karns Quality Foods - New Bloomfield (35 Centre Drive, New Bloomfield)
  • Karns Quality Foods - Hershey (731 Cherry Drive, Hershey)
  • Teg's Canine Clippery (335 Bridge Street, New Cumberland)
  • Benny's Pet Depot (5202 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg)
  • Pet Authority (3997 Sunnycrest Drive, Harrisburg)
  • PETCO (5125 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg)
  • Dauphin County Treasurer's Office (101 Market Street, Harrisburg) 

SafeHaven

Domestic Violence

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.

Natural Disasters

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: up to 30 days of board; vaccinations; food and water; daily care and affection. 


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FIREBALL

My Petfinder Profile: https://www.petfinder.com/cat/fireball-45309198/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

Hi, I'm Fireball, a striking Tortoiseshell cat with a coat of distinctive patterns and colors. A "fireball" is a meteor brighter than the planet Venus. Well, I do have a "glowing" personality! My name might hint at an energetic and ambitious cat, but I'm a laid-back, soft-spoken, gentle girl. Do I have the notorious "tortitude" for which we are known? No one has seen any feisty, bossy "tude" in me so far, and I doubt that they ever will. I'm a love sponge and will soak up all the love and affection you have to give. The best part is, I'll return the love tenfold, once I'm secure and comfortable in my new home. I came here with a large group of cats whose owner fell on some hard times, so I can live with other cats. I like to play with wand toys and the laser light, but my favorite activity is plopping down on your lap for some chillin' and relaxin’ time. I'm terrific to have around and am very appreciative of the human touch. Some people say torties or torbies are reincarnated princesses! True or not, I would love to be YOUR princess and live in YOUR castle. I'm an average sized cat, but my heart is as big as a meteor! I know I'll light up your life if you adopt me...please come in to meet me soon!

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