Penguin Plunge

23rd Annual Event | January 1, 2020  |  City Island, Beach Area, Harrisburg, PA 
Event registration begins at 10:00AM, Plunge goes off at Noon

Join hundreds of HSHA supporters as they "take the plunge" for homeless animals on New Year's Day! The Penguin Plunge is an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) that has become a central Pennsylvania tradition for both HSHA and the City of Harrisburg. During the event, more than 300 HSHA supporters “take the plunge” into the icy waters of the Susquehanna River, as hundreds more watch from the shore. Individuals who raise over $75 will receive an event towel. For teams to receive towels, each member must raise at least $75. Make it a Happy New Year!

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NEW in 2020!!! HSHA will be hosting a special Chill out Zone at the Carousel Pavilion before the Plunge. Stay Tuned for more details.


Curious what the Penguin Plunge is all about? Check out these short videos from January 1, 2019!

Pennlive Video #1  |  Pennlive Video #2  |  FOX43 Coverage  |  HSHA Facebook Live Video

For more information contact:
Amanda Brunish, Director of Marketing at amandab@humanesocietyhbg.org or 717-564-3320 ext. 125

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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

Dekker

My Petfinder Profile: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/dekker-46587217/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

I am a young, handsome Pit Bull Terrier mix that was found as a stray. I am super happy and friendly, but everything seems new to me. I'm not sure how to walk on a leash and I want to be close to you, so I jump up and put my paws on you. For that reason, any kids in my new home should be at least 10 years old. The staff and volunteers are working on teaching me commands, but my new family should be ready to continue that training and even take me to obedience lessons. I like other dogs, so if you have a dog in your home, that should be fine. I can also live with dog savvy cats. So, come on in to meet me, Dekker. I'll be super happy to see you!

Lemon Sorbet Monet

My Petfinder Profile: https://www.petfinder.com/cat/lemon-sorbet-monet-46557138/pa/harrisburg/humane-society-of-harrisburg-area-pa120/

I'm sweet and refreshing, a cool cat with a warm heart. Maybe I should have been named Lemony Snicket, since my life has been a series of unfortunate events. It's all in the past and hey, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade (or lemon sorbet)! I'm ready for a new life with someone who will love me deeply and give me a comfortable and fun home. I like being called Lemon because I'm full of zest! I was timid when I first came, but now I'm always bursting with love and affection for everyone. I have a great time in the playroom chasing wand toys and feather toys, and oh do I LOVE chasing that laser dot! That wasn't the case a short while ago, though. I was afraid in the playroom and meowed to go back to my cage, but now I'm confident, brave and happy. If you adopt me, I'll be a pillar of warmth in your life, always ready for a snuggle and a head bunt, or even a kiss on the nose! I'm used to living with other cats, but I could be OK as your only feline friend. Since I'm still very young, only about a year old, I'll need a home with someone who has time to play and interact with me. So put your green juice down and push that smoothie aside! Get ready for the health benefits of Lemon! I'm never a sourpuss and will always cheer you up and help you feel better. Come in soon and get ready for some Sour Power...and Pucker Power...ask for the inky-furred feline, Lemon Sorbet Monet!

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