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Our Mission. Who We Are.

The mission of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. is to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education, and collaboration. 

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) serves pets and people in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties, an area of more than 500,000 people. HSHA not only helps pets but also helps people through our various programs and services.  Each program and service is designed to fill a need in our community, and many of them are targeted toward specific audiences, such as low-income pet owners.  Others are focused on providing quality care for our shelter residents. 

HSHA is funded solely by the community and could not fulfill our mission without the community’s support.  Many community members are surprised to find that we are supported locally, without national affiliation.

  • HSHA is not a government agency.
  • We are not affiliated with or funded by any national animal welfare organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (this is because these organizations do not act as umbrella organizations).
  • We rely solely on the community for donations.
  • HSHA contracts with local municipalities to take in stray animals from those municipalities.  The contract fee does not produce a profit for us, but rather simply covers our costs for caring for the stray animals.  The fee is based on the number of animals coming in from each municipality.
  • View the 2022 990 or the 2022 Audited Financial Statements


Our Numbers

2023 Highlights


Reunited with Owner

Transfers to Rescue Partners

Fostered Animals

Pets Seen Thru VRC

Pets Served Through Vaccine Clinics

Pets Seized for Cruelty

Children Attended Summer Camp

Lbs Food Donated

Volunteer Hours

Home-to-Home Placements

Toys enjoyed by residents

Help Us in Our Mission

The mission of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. is to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education, and collaboration


Does HSHA only adopt out cats and dogs?

While most of our adoptions are cats and dogs, we also shelter “pocket pets,” such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, and birds.  In addition we adopt horses and a menagerie of farm animals. If you are interested in adopting a pocket pet, equine or farm animal. Please email or call our Adoption Center to see what animals are available.

Does HSHA only have pit bulls available for adoption?

While many shelters turn away or euthanize pit bulls, HSHA does not believe in discrimination of any kind and we pride ourselves on being an advocate for the breed. Many of HSHA’s canines are pit bulls or a pit bull mix because portions of our service area produce an overabundance of this breed.  However, many of our resident canines are not pit bulls. We encourage anyone interested in adopting to take the time come to the shelter to meet all of our wonderful residents.

Why doesn’t the Humane Society take strays from some municipalities?

Some municipalities choose not to contract with HSHA for residential care services for stray animals found within their municipality. Thus, HSHA is unable to take in strays from these areas because we do not receive support from the municipality to care for these animals. If a citizen from a non-participating municipality is willing to pay the intake fee, and there is space available in the shelter, we may be able to accept the animal. HSHA encourages citizens in non-participating municipalities to urge their municipality to participate. Click here for help. 

There are stray pets in my neighborhood. Can you come pick them up?

HSHA is unable to pick up stray animals.  Many municipalities have an animal control officer to pick up animals and others utilize local law enforcement.  Check with your municipality in what services are available in your area.

What is the Humane Society's policy on feral cats?

HSHA does not accept feral cats to be euthanized. The organization only accepts feral cats to be altered and returned to the place from which they came (known as “Trap-Neuter-Return” or “TNR”). In order to receive a FREE Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) surgery for a feral cat, you must obtain a TNR Voucher from the municipality in which you reside. Only municipalities that contract with HSHA for services will have these vouchers to distribute. Each municipality will also determine how many vouchers may be distributed per individual. To find out if your municipality contracts with HSHA for services and if they are distributing TNR vouchers, contact your municipality.  Citizens who do not have access to TNR Vouchers may continue to participate in HSHA’s TNR Program on a paid basis. Costs are $45 for a neuter and $65 for a spay, plus additional costs for FeLV/FIV testing and basic vaccinations. An appointment is required for TNR services (regardless of whether you have a voucher). To schedule an appointment, please call HSHA at (717) 564-3320 and follow the recorded prompts.

Partnerships, Accreditations, and Awards
Best Pet Transformation 2022