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Harrisburg, PA (August 22nd, 2022) – In an effort to encourage more dog adoptions, the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) has introduced two new initiatives:  a Longest Resident Foster-to-Adopt program and a new “Meet Your Match” adoption application.

HSHA’s Foster-to-Adopt program features adoptable dogs that are some of the shelter’s longest residents.  The program allows potential adopters to foster a dog for 4-6 weeks, learning if a dog is a good fit for their household prior to committing to adoption.  During the foster period, the potential adopter receives the same benefits of HSHA’s standard foster program, such as needed food and medical care for the dog at no cost.

“The 4–6-week time frame really allows the potential adopter to see the dog’s true personality shine,” said Foster Coordinator Kristi Kleinfelter. “And it is also a great opportunity for the dog to get extra socialization outside of the shelter setting.”

Dogs available as part of the Foster-to-Adopt program can be found by visiting

In addition, HSHA has introduced a “Meet Your Match” adoption application for adopters looking to adopt a dog but aren’t sure which is a fit for their household. Once the application is approved, the HSHA Behavior Team uses the information in the application to recommend dogs that match the adopter’s lifestyle and what they are looking for in a best friend.

“It’s exciting to be able to help people friend their best friend,” said Behavior Team Lead, Alyssa Ginez. “This tool allows us to really pin point which of our adoptable pets may be the best fit for your lifestyle.”

To see more information about adoption and the “Meet Your Match” application, visit

About HSHA: The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education and collaboration.  HSHA accepts homeless animals regardless of their breed, age, medical condition, or behavioral condition.  However, HSHA does not euthanize adoptable animals due to lack of space or length of stay.  The shelter assists over 10,000 animals a year through its residential care and adoption program, low-cost veterinary clinics and Veterinary Resource Center, pet food programs, and counseling services.  Learn more at



Please Note:  Our online adoption applications are currently closed in preparation for the MEGA Adoption Event Saturday, December 9th and Sunday December 10th.  Online adoption applications will be accepted again starting Monday, December 11th.  Learn more about the MEGA Adoption Event: