Humane Education Programs & Activities

Educating people today will create a humane and responsible community tomorrow. HSHA offers a variety of humane education programs for people of all ages in the communities we serve.


Come for a guided tour of our shelter, meet our adoptable residents, and learn what HSHA does for the communities we serve. Available during regular public hours; not available on Wednesdays and Sundays. Minimum age 6 years; maximum group size of 12. To arrange a shelter tour, click here.


One of our staff members will visit your classroom, organization, or group with an adoptable animal (if permitted) to speak about HSHA and pet-related topics. To help with costs, HSHA requests a nominal $25 donation for visits. 


Includes Responsible Pet Ownership, how young people can help homeless animals, respecting animals, etc.


Includes Responsible Pet Ownership, the problem of pet overpopulation, the history and characteristics of the pitbull, an insight to dog fighting, how students can help HSHA, etc.


Includes a history of HSHA, our current programs and services, a discussion of how everyone can do something to help homeless animals in our area, or other customized topics.

To arrange a Presentation, please click here.


Children in grades 1-8 can improve or maintain their reading skills while they provide socialization and human interaction for our shelter cats. Reservations are required for this program. To reserve a Book Buddy Program session, please click here.


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.


Please explore the HSHA website for a wealth of information that can be used to develop your own lesson plans and/or activities that can be customized to meet your individual needs for any age - from young children to senior citizens. Our online resource library has downloadable information!


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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

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.


May 5 | 5K Run/Walk for the Animals

May 10-12 | Shelter Buddies Yard Sale

July 21 | Christmas in July

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Workplace Giving

CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) – 77697
SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022