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Humane Education & Outreach

At HSHA, we recognize that humane education is a key facet to improve the current conditions and pave the future for the pets and people within our communities. Humane education promotes knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and values related to human involvement in the lives of animals, and it can bring about beneficial changes in the treatment of animals at the hands of humans. 

Shelter Tours

Explore the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. (HSHA) by visiting the shelter for a group tour led by a professional humane educator.


HSHA is fortunate to have some of the most educated minds in animal welfare working and volunteering with the organization. Our experts would love to share their expertise with you.

Community Outreach

HSHA attends dozens of outreach events each year in our community to raise awareness about our services and animal welfare. 

Book Buddies

This program is designed to assist children in developing and improving their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction.

Animal Exchange

The Animal Exchange Program is a wonderful resource for teachers to make learning fun in all subjects and improve the learning environment for their students.

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.