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

Benaiah (Rooney)

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.


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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