Current Events

Penguin Plunge - Wednesday, January 1, 2015

City Island, Beach Area, Harrisburg, PA  
Event registration begins at 10:00AM, Plunge goes off at Noon

Join hundreds of HSHA supporters as they "take the plunge" for homeless animals on New Year's Day! The Penguin Plunge is an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) that has become a central Pennsylvania tradition for both HSHA and the City of Harrisburg. During the event, more than 300 HSHA supporters “take the plunge” into the icy waters of the Susquehanna River, as hundreds more watch from the shore. Individuals who raise over $75 will receive an event towel. For teams to receive towels, each member must raise at least $75.

Featured Program


Do you work for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Federal Government, or another place of business that participates in workplace giving? Also, many employers will match contributions made to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources office about matching programs. If so, please consider donating to HSHA.

The codes for HSHA are:

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

The kick-off season for these campaigns is underway, and HSHA will appreciate your support! Remember – HSHA serves Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and northern York Counties as a non-profit organization; we are not funded by the government or national organizations; and we rely on donations from the communities we serve to fulfill our mission.

(If you stop by the PA Dept. of Labor & Industry SECA Event on Thursday, October 9, between 10AM and 2PM, you’ll get to visit with some of our volunteers and meet some of our adoptable dogs!)

Resource Library

Things To Know When Deciding To Declaw

Declawing a cat is a controversial issue many people consider when looking to add a feline into the family fold. Of course the advantages up front are obvious. Furniture, carpeting, household textiles, walls, doors, and yes, even humans will escape marring or hurtful scratches. However, there is a flip side to declawing which should be considered before making a decision whether or not to proceed with such a procedure.  Please read this article for more information.

Community Partner

HSHA would like give a special thanks to Austin Pease & Maya Wildasin for donating their lemonade stand earnings to all our homeless pets.

Donate to Humane Society of HarrisburgAdopt a pet from the Humane Society of Harrisburg
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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

We are currently in need of peanut butter, paper towelssensitive stomach dry cat food, non-clumping kitty litter, sturdy plastic bottles (NOT soda) 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.


Penguin Plunge - January 1
Glove Drive Kick Off - February 3
Shelter Sweetheart Week - February 9 through 14
Shelter Closed - February 16 through 20

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