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Surrender Prevention


Part of being a responsible pet owner is committing to care for your pets for the duration of their life. Sometimes pet owners experience challenging behaviors in their pets or temporary personal hardships – making pet owners consider giving their pet up to the HSHA as a result.

Before turning to this option, consider contacting us for guidance and reviewing the information below to discover possible solutions to the problem. But, if you are forced to give up your pet, HSHA encourages you to make every effort to find it a new home with a family member, friend, co-worker, or other caring person.*  Please exhaust all possible options before coming to HSHA.

*Please note, for any pet(s) previously adopted from HSHA, a signed contract was completed at the time of adoption, stating that the pet(s) would be returned to HSHA if the adopter could no longer keep them. Please contact our Intake Center at 717-564-3320 option 2 to schedule a time to return the pet(s)

Consider these resources, tips, and tricks to prevent surrendering your animal to the shelter:

If you have exhausted all options, please see information on surrendering your pet: