Volunteers are a vital part of the HSHA team. Without them, we would not be able to perform many of the essential functions at our shelter. HSHA is always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist with the shelter animals and some of the everyday responsibilities of shelter life. Whether you are interested in walking dogs, helping at events, or socializing cats, there is a place for you at HSHA. The animals are waiting for you ... get started today!

How to Get Started:

1. Download a volunteer application here. After filling it out, Fax (Fax #717-564-1867) it to Megan Strausbaugh, HSHA's Director of Marketing, scan and email it to megans@humanesocietyhbg.org, drop it off during regular business hours or mail it to the shelter (7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg 17111). Or click here to fill out our online application. You will be contacted after your application has been processed.

Potential volunteers, please note:

  • All volunteers must be 18 or older.
  • The volunteer program is not intended for court-mandated community service or short-term projects. 
  • If you are volunteering through a special needs program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (717) 564-3320x122 prior to applying. 
  • Completed applications are kept on file for three months and will be discarded if you do not complete the required volunteer orientation within that time.

2. Review the volunteer handbook. Volunteers should be familiar with the policies and procedures detailed in the manual.

Available Volunteer Positions:

  • Dog Walking
  • Cat Socializing
  • Exotic Animal Socializing
  • PR & Events Assistance
  • Office Assistance
  • Laundry & Dishes
  • Clinic Assistance
  • SnapShots (Pet Photos)
  • Groundskeeping
  • Shelter Buddy

For more information, contact HSHA's Director of Marketing, Megan Strausbaugh at (717) 564-3320x125 or megans@humanesocietyhbg.org.


Dog walking volunteers are required to purchase an approved leash (approximately $10) for use with HSHA dogs prior to the start of your volunteering. This requirement is for the safety of both volunteers and dogs. 

For Current Volunteers:

Current Volunteer Page

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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!

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.


Entire Month of February | Glove Drive Campaign
February 12-17 | Shelter Sweethearts Week
February 19-23 | Deep Clean Week

April 15-22 Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 5 | 5K Run/Walk for the Animals

Events Calendar

Workplace Giving

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