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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.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Harrisburg

  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #1 5K Run/Walk for the Animals

    This annual family and dog-friendly event has a doggone good time in store for everyone! Join other dog owners and pet lovers in supporting the homeless pets at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA). Registration for the 5K hosted at Wildwood Park begins at 8 a.m. and you start moving your paws for the cause at 10 a.m. sharp! The event also features local vendors, a low-cost microchipping/vaccination clinic, and fun activities for the whole family! Admission to the event is free, but everyone participating in the 5K is asked to fundraise a minimum of $40 for the shelter animals. Participants who raise more than $75 for the shelter will receive a pawsome event t-shirt! Bring out your four-legged friends to get moving for a great cause.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #2 Pittie Party & Parade


    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!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    #3 Woofstock

    Come on down to Riverfront Park and gather with thousands of other animal lovers and their pets for the annual Woofstock festival organized by the Central Pennslyvania Animal Alliance (CPAA). This free celebration of all things animal honors the love that pets bring to our lives and serves as the largest adoption event on the East Coast. Enjoy hundreds of pet-centric vendors, nonprofits, and adoptable animals amidst live music, great food, canine demonstrations, and fun activities! The event features games, raffles, a Doggie Ice Cream Social, a low-cost vaccine & microchipping clinic, and pet blessings. Get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and sniffs that Woofstock has to offer with your leashed, crowd-friendly canine!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #4 Pictures with Santa

    Join lots of other furry friends at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County for Pet Pictures with Santa! The annual holiday event benefits Castaway Critters, the James A Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals. Bring out your four-legged family members, both naughty and nice, for a festive photo session! Your pet's picture will be taken with Santa and then mailed to your home free of charge! Donations are encouraged to support the compassionate efforts of Castaway Critters. Snacks and beverages will be provided for the human attendees as well as a special gift for pets from Santa and his elves! Celebrate the spirit of the season and the love of pets at this annual festive giving event.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #5 PAW-tastic PAW-ty

    2017 marked the first annual PAW-tastic PAW-ty, a celebration of all things pets including the animal welfare organizations committed to finding them homes. Take a quick trip across the Susquehanna River and bring your furry friend along for a day of pawsitively perfect fun! The event features kid and canine activities, a cute animal kissing booth, adoptable pets from various rescue organizations, a wine bar, and fundraising sales of various gifts, pet toys, and other animal-related items. Animal welfare groups present include Loving Care Cat Rescue, Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), Castaway Critters, Animal House Rescue, Nobody's Cats Foundation, and the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area (HSHA). The PAW-ty takes place in Camp Hill's Hampden Terminal near the Red Sky Cafe. A portion of the cafe's food sales will be donated to the animal rescue organizations.
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