The shelter will be CLOSED to the public this week, from February 20-24, in order to allow the staff to complete a deep clean of the facility, tackle large projects, and facilitate team building exercises. HSHA will reopen with our normal schedule - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - on Saturday, February 25. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and consideration during this time.


Each February, HSHA conducts our Show Some Love With A Glove GLOVE DRIVE. Wearing and properly changing gloves dramatically reduces the spread of life-threatening diseases in a shelter environment. We use roughly 300,000 latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves to clean, medicate, and care for the thousands of homeless animals that come to our shelter from Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and Northern York Counties every year. Our goal this year is to reach 250 cases of gloves. Click here to find out how to donate. 

**Please note: As of January 18, 2017 the FDA is banning the use of powdered surgical and exam gloves. Henry Schein states that: Healthcare providers and facilities are required to adhere to federal and state regulations, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Therefore, HSHA will not be able to accept any powdered surgical or exam gloves.**


Educators – If you and your students would enjoy having a small pet in your classroom, consider the HSHA Animal Exchange Program, made possible thanks to a grant from the Greater Harrisburg Foundation.  In addition to the enriching experience of having a classroom pet, students also learn hands-on pet ownership responsibilities as they care for the pet.

Pets typically approved for Animal Exchange include guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc. HSHA provides the housing, initial supplies and food, and medical care for animals placed through this program.

To learn more about the HSHA Animal Exchange Program or to apply for a pet, please click here. If you have any questions, please e-mail them to nancyv@humanesocietyhbg.org or call 564-3320 ext.122.


By: Charlotte Hassman, Director of Animal Care

Recently, HSHA has seen an increase number of dogs arriving from Harrisburg city infected with the parvovirus. Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that is spread from dog to dog through direct and indirect contact with the feces of an infected dog. Parvovirus (parvo), when contracted by a dog, can be fatal. It can be treated, but the mortality rate is quite high. The good news is that measures can be taken to help prevent your dog from becoming infected with parvo.

To better understand the virus and ways to prevent your family pet from becoming infected, click here to become informed.


The Dillsburg Girl Scout Troop held a donation drive to benefit the animals at HSHA. On January 12, they stopped by to deliver the collected goods and receive a shelter tour. This troop did an incredible job. The staff, volunteers, and especially the shelter residents are sincerely appreciative of all the goodies that were donated. Thanks again Girl Scouts for supporting the homeless animals of Central Pennsylvania!

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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

We are currently in need of paper towelsnon-clumping kitty litter, non-scented clorox bleach, sturdy dog toys, dry kitten chow food and cat toys. If you'd like to help out, please drop some off at the shelter!

We have several dogs and cats that are looking for a foster home.  If you think you may be able to help, please visit our Fosters Needed page.


February | Glove Drive Campaign ALL MONTH

February 13-18 | Shelter Sweetheart Week

April 23-29 | Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 6 | 5k Run/Walk for the Animals

Events Calendar

Workplace Giving

CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) – 77697
SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022