Penguin Plunge

21st Annual Event | January 1, 2018  |  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. Registration is not available at this time. Please stay tuned for additional information.


Hundreds of HSHA supporters gathered at City Island on January 1 to kick off the New Year with a dive into the icy Susquehanna River to benefit the homeless animals in our care. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and supported the 20th annual event. Together everyone's efforts helped us reach our $40,000 fundraising goal.

This goal wouldn't have been possible without our top fundraisers. This year's top individual fundraiser with a total of $2,635 was Barbara Shaffer. Barabara will be awarded a $100 Gift Certificate valid for use at Ski Roundtop, Liberty Mountain Resort and Whitetail. The top fundraising team took the lead early on and kept it with a total of $1,845. Congratulations Team Frosty Paws 4! The team members are all employees of McNees Wallace & Nurick. Congratulations to all the winners!

This year's competition between HSHA's Plunge Dog, Rocco, and 105.7 The X's DJ, Nipsey, was fierce. Up until a week before the event, Nipsey had a steady lead. But, Rocco's good looks and adoption story swayed supporters to help him win the 2017 title of Top Fundraiser. Nipsey's fundraising total was $3,273 and Rocco just beat that with a total of $3,470. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Nipsey for his competitive spirit and unwavering support for all of the animals at HSHA.

A special shout out to all of the event sponsors. Without their support this event would not have been possible.

The Photos below are from the 2017 Plunge!

For more information contact:
Megan Strausbaugh, Director of Marketing at or 717-564-3320 ext. 125

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How Can I Help Homeless Animals in My Community Today?

We are currently in need of soft training treats (made in USA), Busy Bones, sensitive stomach cat food, peanut butter, unscented bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Dawn dishwashing detergent, Clorox wipes, waterless shampoo, kitten milk replacer, and paper towels. 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.


October 8 | Shelter Buddies Basket Bingo

October 21 | Pittie Party

November 4 | FUR Ball Gala & Auction

December 2 | Holiday Open House & Adopt-A-Thon

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