HSHA nearly always needs foster homes for both dogs and cats.

Foster families are an integral part of HSHA because they provide temporary homes for animals that we may not be able to care for in the shelter environment. Fostering is a very rewarding experience. HSHA provides foster families with all of the education and supplies they need. In turn, foster families provide the love and attention that many foster animals need. Foster families provide temporary homes for animals for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Animal may be too young to adopt out
  • Animal may need special medical attention/time to heal

Foster families should be able to provide an area in their home that is isolated from other pets. Other pets should be up-to-date on all vaccines. HSHA will never ask a foster family to house an animal that may not be a "good match" for that family.

Important Information for Foster Homes

  • All foster familes must go through an orientation prior to taking home an animal.
  • Animals that go to foster homes include: nursing kittens (with or without a mother), nursing puppies (with or without a mother), animals with special medical or behavioral needs, pregnant animals
  • A foster home will never be asked to take an animal they are not comfortable handling or caring for
  • All supplies are included, including crates, litter pans, blankets, and food. We do ask that foster parent supply their own litter, since it is usually in short supply at the shelter. Some foster homes do decide to provide all of their own supplies.
  • Any medical care or medical supplies are provided by HSHA’s in-house veterinarian.
  • If your foster animal is pregnant, you keep her until she has her babies. The babies then come back at 4 weeks to get their first set of vaccinations. Finally, they return again at 8 weeks for their last set of vaccinations and to be placed on the adoption floor. 
  • Foster animals may be brought in for vaccines on a walk-in basis on Wednesdays from 2:00 -4:00 p.m., Saturdays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Animals Currently Seeking a Foster Home

If you are interested in serving as a foster family for HSHA, please download and complete the application - FosterCareApplication2017.pdf.

If you are able to provide this important service to the animals while they await adoption, please forward your completed application to Aspasia Yeager at or fax to 717-564-1867. For additional information or inquiries please call Aspasia at 717-564-3320 ext. 108.

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Pet of the Week


My Petfinder Profile:

Note:  Cupcake is HSHA’s longest resident.  Her adoption fee will be reduced by 50% at our Pittie Party on Saturday, October 19th (11am-3pm at HSHA).  She is currently located at Zoomania at Colonial Park Mall.

Sweet cinnamon and brown sugar cupcake with butterscotch frosting and chocolate sprinkles?   That's me, a tasty treat of a dog! As you can see, I'm a gorgeous golden brindle girl with unique eyes. In some light they are a pale robin's egg blue, and in other light they are a cool yellow. I'm probably around two years old and I never stop moving! Think of me as a high-energy puppy who is ready for training and exercise. I love to get out and do things, but I'll need some work on my leash manners. I love to play with other dogs, and the right canine pal will help me burn some energy. I do not like cats and cannot live with them. I would do best with kids over 12 and plenty of plushy soft toys to play with.


Mystery Man

My Petfinder Profile:

Note: I am FIV positive, but totally healthy. You can ask the staff about FIV.

There's a cat who lives a life of danger, Everyone he meets, he stays a stranger, With every move he makes, Another chance he takes, Odds are he wont't live to see tomorrow...Secret Agent Cat, Secret Agent Cat, They've given you a number (A419), and taken away your name. That was me, Mystery Man, before someone brought me here to save me from my dangerous life of espionage in their neighborhood. I was starving and smelled food outside at their house, so I followed the clues and found a yummy dinner! The family that lived there fed me every day, since I was very thin and always hungry. It was like being at the Catsino Royale! They did not know my identity, so everyone called me Mystery. One night while on a special mission, I caught my foot on something sharp and sustained a terrible wound on my back paw. Unable to run from my nemesis, Dr. Claw, my cover was blown and I had to give up my life as a super sleuth. There were also several other spy cats in the area who didn't like me treading their turf. So now I am here, hoping to find a new family because I LOVE people and feel very lonely. I'm Tom Cruise handsome, very affectionate, and bond strongly with the humans I meet. I can be boisterous and meow loudly to get attention and head scratches. I like to play with wand toys, but I enjoy sniffing around the playroom, looking for clues as to how I can escape! I adapt well to new situations and roll with the punches, but I have trouble living in a cage, since I was used to wandering on my own for a while. I get along with other cats and am super friendly and outgoing. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come to HSHA right away and meet me. I would really like a loving family and a home where I can explore and continue my quest to save the world from mischief and mayhem! I hope finding a home won't be "Mission Impossible" for me! Please come in to meet the coolest spy cat ever! I'll be a fun, loyal, loving companion...there's no mystery about that!

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