Behavioral Support

For Our Residents

Many of the dogs that come to HSHA bring with them challenging behaviors that may impede adoption.  Because HSHA believes that every animal deserves a chance, we have implemented our Behavioral Care Program to address and correct these behaviors.  Our behavior team works one-on-one with these dogs, and many of them go on to be successful adoptees in loving new homes.

For Pet Owners

Some pet owners experience challenging behaviors in their pets and may even consider giving their pet up to the Humane Society as a result.  Before turning to this option, consider contacting us for guidance on possible solutions to the problem.

For behavioral advice, please use the form below. Please note: HSHA receives many behavioral inquiries, and we may not be able to respond immediately. However, you will receive a response in no longer than one week.

Behavioral Inquiry Form
Pet's Name*
Type of Pet Dog
Other (describe below)
Was Your Pet Adopted from HSHA? Yes
Behavioral Issues You Are Experiencing
(check all that apply)?
Aggression toward people
Aggression toward animals
Housetraining/Litter Box
Crate Training
Fear/Separation Anxiety
Please describe the issue(s) you are experiencing:*

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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

We are currently in need of Non-clumping (clay) cat litter, Liquid Laundry detergent, Paper towels, Hand soap, Ziplock style sandwich baggies (any brand), 13 and 60 Gallon Trash bags, Purina Healthy Weight Cat Chow (orange bag- dry food), Purina ONE Sensitive Stomach cat food (dry food), Kitten canned food (any brand), Soft and chewy dog treats, Gift cards for Gasoline (for animal transport and cruelty investigations); Pet Stores (for animal supplies and food), Local stores (Walmart, Weis, Giant, Home Depot, Lowes- for emergency supplies and building repairs); Office Supply Stores (paper, ink cartridges, etc). If you'd like to help out, please drop some off at the shelter!

Check out HSHA's Amazon Wish List for more specific needs.

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.


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December 1 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

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