Kids Can Help Too

Kids can help too!Some of the biggest animal lovers in our community are kids, and there are lots of ways for kids to get involved in supporting the homeless pets in our area. Any time you help HSHA in this way, when you drop off your donations (from benefit birthdays, donation drives, pennies for pooches, etc), please see someone at the front desk and receive a special "thank you" from the pets. Ideas for kids to get involved with the homeless animals at HSHA include:

  • Fundraisers: HSHA relies on donated funds to help pets and people. Many kids organize fundraisers like lemonade stands and car washes to raise money for the organization. Funds from events like these go a long way for the residents at HSHA.
  • Donation Drives: The pets in our shelter need supplies like toys, paper towels, leashes, collars, and blankets. A fun way to support HSHA is by doing a donation drive in your neighborhood, youth group or school. Ask your friends and family to donate a few items, and soon you'll have lots of items to give to the pets at HSHA! Or start a "Classroom War" (see below).
  • Birthday Benefits: Birthdays only come once a year, so it's important to make sure they are special. Many kids choose to ask their friends to bring donations for HSHA to their birthday party instead of bringing gifts. It's a great way to help the animals and have a memorable and meaningful birthday party.
  • Pennies for Pooches: Get your school to support HSHA by starting a Pennies for Pooches campaign! During the campaign, classrooms collect spare change for the animals at HSHA. The classroom that earns the most can boast they are the biggest animal lovers in the school! Funds raised will help HSHA purchase items like food and treats for the animals.
  • Classroom Wars: Help out HSHA residents by collecting donations. Make it even more fun by competing against your fellow students – it’s Classroom Wars! The classroom that collects the most donations will win a visit with one or more of the residents at HSHA!
  • Be A Responsible Pet Owner: One of the biggest ways in which kids can help is by being responsible pet owners! Spay and neuter your pets – this will cut down on pet over-population and the amount of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats that go to shelters every single day. By breeding your dog or cat, you are only adding to the over-population of animals that end up at shelters and thus, the amount of animals that must be euthanized each day in shelters across the U.S. Be a part of the solution – not the problem!
  • The Big Picture: Write to your local legislators to improve animal protection laws and stiffen punishments for cruelty to animals. You can find out who your local legislators are at www.humaneinpa.org. You may also view what the current Pennsylvania animal laws are at this website. There are a lot of improvements to be made in Pennsylvania regarding animal protection. Below are examples of two topics you can choose to address: 1. Puppy Mills – Lancaster, PA has been coined the U.S. Eastern Capital of Puppy Mills. If everyone stops buying from puppy mills, including pet stores, these kennels will be forced to shut down. Write to your local legislators to shut-down these puppy producing factories. 2. Breed Specific Legislation – many states are considering a bill that forces owners of Pit Bull breed dogs to surrender their friendly and loving pets to be put down within a determined period of time. Breed Specific Legislation is discrimination. “Punish the deed, not the breed.” Write to your local legislators to stop Breed Specific Legislation in Pennsylvania.

Resource Library

Want more information about caring for pets? Visit HSHA's resource library for a wealth of downloadable information!

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2019 EVENTS

2019 EVENTS CALENDAR

July 27 | Christmas in July Adopt-A-Thon

October 19 | Pittie Party

November 9 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction

December 7 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

Pet of the Week

Benaiah (Rooney)

https://www.petfinder.com/dog/benaiah-rooney-44180536/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

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.

Chantey 

https://www.petfinder.com/cat/chantey-45192764/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

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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