I'm so happy to be able to share our adoption story.

My fiance and I decided to look into pet adoption shortly after moving to the Central PA area in 2012.  Only a few moments after beginning the walk through the cat area of the Humane Society, we spotted him: a wide-eyed gray and black tiger striped fellow named Roosevelt.  When we peeked into the cage, he began pawing at the glass and rubbing against it.  It was love at first sight!  We brought him home in October 2012 and, after a few quiet adjustment days and a new name (Simon), his personality began to shine through.  Our Simon is playful, affectionate, and social.  He loves his toys, his favorite being a bright yellow ribbon that he carries around in his mouth as he trots around the house.  He's quite the lap cat, too.  It's rare for my fiance or myself to be sitting on the couch or lying in bed for more than 5 or 10 minutes without being joined by our little cuddle buddy.  And the purring!  He sounds like a motorboat as soon as we walk in the door after work, and he loves to meow and chirp at us in between purrs.  Though Simon is 6 years old, he's got more energy than any kitten I've ever known.  He's actually running laps around the couch as I write this.  He's a smart guy, too: he sits and speaks for treats, and he also comes to his name!

I've included a few photos:  one of Simon and myself cuddled up on the couch, one of him perched on my fiance's shoulder, and one of him in his favorite spot - curled up in a nice, warm lap.

We can't possibly thank the staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Harrisburg for taking such good care of our little guy until we had the chance to bring him home.  I also couldn't recommend adopting an older animal more.  Simon may not be a tiny fluffy kitten, but he has so much life and love to share.  He is an absolute joy, and we can't imagine life without him!

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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!

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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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