The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) centers all of their efforts on building a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, collaboration, and education. The nonprofit organization has been caring for the homeless animals of Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland, and Northern York counties since 1911.
HSHA is committed to doing everything possible for pet owners to ensure they can keep their pets safe in their homes. Pet owner resources include behavioral assistance, low-cost clinics, crisis assistance, lost and found pet reporting, and a pet food bank for families in need. Additionally, they operate a Cruelty Department to respond to concerns and complaints of animal abuse or neglect.
Above all else, the humane society strives for a community of happy, healthy animals and people. In the event that pets can't stay in their homes, HSHA is a safe haven for homeless animals, taking in thousands each year. The shelter welcomes animals with open arms regardless of breed, age, behavior condition, or health status and they will never euthanize animals due to a length of stay or a lack of space. Every animal that has a chapter at the shelter receives complete and loving care, veterinary attention, vaccinations, a spay/neuter surgery, socialization, and exercise until they can be placed in a permanent, loving home through their adoption program.
The support of compassionate community volunteers keeps the society's mission alive. Volunteers assist with essential shelter functions including dog walking, animal socialization and enrichment, and support at events. HSHA receives no government or outside funding for their work. Instead, they rely on the generosity of private donors as well as their extensive fundraising efforts to support their mission to build a better community for people and pets.
Pit bulls make up a large amount of the adoptable dog population at the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area and they are a breed to be celebrated! Come out to the shelter with your leashed canine companion of any breed or size to celebrate the beloved Pit Bull and breed equality as a whole. This exciting free event features pet-related vendors, Pit Bull advocacy groups, a canine costume contest, food and beverage, a photo booth, a parade of adoptable Pitties, and lots of tail-waggin' fun in support of Pit Bulls! Misconceptions have given the breed a bad reputation, but this day advocates for Pit Bulls, celebrating the wonderful and loving companions they are when they receive humane care!