Penguin Plunge

22nd Annual Event | January 1, 2019  |  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 available online, see below, but if you are partial to collecting donations in person, click here for a paper copy of the donation log. Happy New Year!

Did you hear the news?? Tommy Tucker from The Official People's Morning Show on 105.7 The X will continue the show's tradition of support for HSHA's Penguin Plunge by competing against the Plunge Dog. Also new, this year's Plunge dog is one of our adoptable residents, Missy Sue. Missy Sue has been at the shelter for 261 days patiently waiting for a FURever home. Pick your favorite competitor and donate to their fundraising page to help crown them victorious.

To donate to Tommy, click here or to donate to Missy Sue, click here! Who will raise the most money??? 

Don't worry, if you can't muscle enough gumption to jump into the icy waters, there's still a way to be a part of the event. Send a donation to help us meet our fundraising goal of $30,000. It's quick, easy, and secure.

Just click the button below.Donate Now

Check out the photos from the 2018 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?

Currently our greatest need is canned food for both dogs and cats! Our cats prefer pate but the pups aren't picky! In addition, we could use some Clorox Wipes to help maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all the sheter's residents.

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.

Workplace Giving

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