Volunteers are a vital part of the HSHA team. Without them, we would not be able to perform many of the essential functions at our shelter. HSHA is always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist with the shelter animals and some of the everyday responsibilities of shelter life. Whether you are interested in walking dogs, helping at events, or socializing cats, there is a place for you at HSHA. The animals are waiting for you ... get started today!

How to Get Started:

1. Download a volunteer application here. After filling it out please Fax (Fax #717-564-1867), scan, email (megans@humanesocietyhbg.org), or drop it off during regular business hours. You may also put it in the mail (7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg 17111). You will be contacted after your application has been processed.

Potential volunteers, please note:

  • All volunteers must be 18 or older.
  • The volunteer program is not intended for court-mandated community service or short-term projects (See below for more information about these opportunities). 
  • If you are volunteering through a special needs program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at megans@humanesocietyhbg.org prior to applying. 
  • Completed applications are kept on file for three months and will be discarded if you do not complete the required volunteer orientation within that time.

2. Review the volunteer handbook. Volunteers should be familiar with the policies and procedures detailed in the manual.

Available Volunteer Positions:

  • Dog Walking
  • Cat Socializing
  • PR & Events Assistance
  • Administrative/Office Assistance
  • Laundry & Dishes
  • Clinic Assistance
  • Photography
  • Groundskeeping
  • Shelter Buddy

For more information, contact HSHA's Director of Marketing, Megan Strausbaugh at (717) 564-3320 ext.125 or megans@humanesocietyhbg.org.


Dog walking volunteers are required to purchase an approved leash (approximately $10) for use with HSHA dogs prior to the start of your volunteering. This requirement is for the safety of both volunteers and dogs. 

For Current Volunteers:

Current Volunteer Page

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April 27 | Fostering Love Round Up
An Informational & Appreciation Luncheon for HSHA's Foster Care Program. Click here to RSVP.

May 4 | 5K Run/Walk for the Animals
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Shelter Buddies Yard Sale | @ Unique Limousine
Thursday, May 9 | 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

July 27 | Christmas in July Adopt-A-Thon

October 19 | Pittie Party

November 9 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction

December 7 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

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