Pet Bereavement

Welcome to the Healing Haven of HSHA

At the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, we know the special bond that people have with their pets. We understand that the loss of a pet can be one of the most devastating experiences that one you face. It is natural and necessary to grieve when a pet dies, just as you would when any loved one dies. We are here to help with our Healing Haven of HSHA Support Program.  Below you will find resources to assist you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

Healing Haven of HSHA Individual Counseling

To schedule one-on-one counseling or to simply ask a few questions, Ruth Rudderow, a trained pet loss bereavement counselor is available to help.  She can be reached at 717-599-9477 or via email at

Some additional information to read:

Am I Ready to Love Again?

Quality of Life Quiz

A special thank you to Ritner Steel for sponsoring this program.

Donate to Humane Society of HarrisburgAdopt a pet from the Humane Society of Harrisburg
Report Cruelty

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.


November 17 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction
Click here to purchase tickets.

December 1 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

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SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022