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. 

The 2018 Penguin Plunge was another successful New Year's Day tradition. Although, it didn't come without it's own unique set of challeneges including freezing temperatures and a frozen Susquehanna River. However, with the unbelievable dedication of our supporters, we found a way to have another successful event. It took lots of shoveling, ice melt and the skills of Harrisburg River Rescue's to break up the ice for the brave plungers. In fact, River Rescue drove their truck on top of the ice, used chainsaws and sledge hammers to make a hole big enough to allow heats of approximately 10 people to plunge at a time. The devotion of these 140 brave supporters adorned in just a bathing suit, took to the water all for the love of the homeless animals at the shelter! As money continues to trickle in, we currently have a grand total of $38,553. Donations can still be made towards the Penguin Plunge until the end of January. Just click the button below. And, don't forget to check out the event photos in the slideshow below!

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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?

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.


May 5 | 5K Run/Walk for the Animals

May 10-12 | Shelter Buddies Yard Sale

July 21 | Christmas in July

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