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It takes a lot of helping hands and hearts to fulfill HSHA’s mission to build a better community for pets and people.  Learn more through the eyes of staff, volunteers, adopters, and more. 

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$3,000+ Raised to Honor HSHA Alumna, Pixel

April 7, 2023

Kathryn and husband Chris were devastated when, on December 26th, 2022, their beloved cat, Pixel, passed away suddenly at nearly 18 years old.

Pixel was a Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) alumna, and two days after her passing, Kathryn reached out to HSHA to find out the best way to raise funds for the shelter to honor Pixel’s life.  HSHA noted that the funds could be used for a resident housing sponsorship, and a plaque could hang at a cat bank in memory of Pixel for a year.  Excited, Kathryn and Chris started fundraising immediately, and the support was overwhelming. 

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Sheep that Jumped Into Public Swimming Pool Finds Forever Home

April 7, 2023

“Sheep Jumps into Public Swimming Pool” is not a headline you read too often.  However, in July 2021, it was a headline seen all over Perry County when a loose sheep hopped into the Bloomfield Centre Carroll Pool in New Bloomfield, Perry County. The sheep came through an open gate and promptly jumped right into the deep end of the pool.  Luckily, two lifeguards were able to help the sheep out of the pool to safety.  Police arrived and took the sheep to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s farm sanctuary in Perry County in hopes of locating the sheep’s owner.

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We Are Here

February 23, 2023

On a recent dreary Thursday, half a dozen staff members set out on foot to search for a dog that was hastily tied to a pole in our driveway, abandoned before the first staff members arrived at 7am. In the pouring rain, they spot the terrified dog and methodically move closer. Carefully, they communicate with […]

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HSHA 2022 Award Winners

November 14, 2022

Each year HSHA recognizes several key individuals that have truly exemplified and embodied the organization’s mission, to build a better community for pets and people. Congratulations to our 2022 Winners.

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Yukio: From Heartworms to Healing Hearts

October 12, 2022

Each October, Subaru celebrates National Make a Dog’s Day in October (this year, it’s October 22nd).  This year, we are highlighting the journey of Yukio whose Christmas Day was “made” when he was brought in to the shelter and ultimately received much needed medical care and most importantly, a home.

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Two Dogs Find Hope at HSHA

August 4, 2022

How it started and how it’s going.  These two dogs came to HSHA in different ways, but both very broken.  But, to see them today, you would have no idea the trauma they have endured.

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Please note HSHA is closed Monday, February 20th thru Friday, February 24th for our annual deep cleaning and staff continuing education. We return to normal hours on Saturday, February 25th.

Effective Monday, June 5th we will be modifying our public walk-though hours to 11am-4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  We will be open by appointment only from 4pm-7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

We will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, December 31st for New Years Eve. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Be sure to join us at the Penguin Plunge on City Island Sunday, January 1st starting at 10am.