HSHA Services Update

5/29/2020

While Dauphin County remains in the Yellow Phase we will continue to offer all of our services in a modified fashion and the shelter will remain closed to the public, unless a prior appointment for a service has been made.We require all customers to wear a mask while on the HSHA premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We are continuing to offer the following services: 

  • Veterinary Resource Center remains open for wellness, vaccines, and sick appointments. We are beginning to schedule elective procedures again.
  • Euthanasia Services can still be scheduled by calling 717-564-3320 and following the prompts.
  • Intake Center is available to provide assistance to citizens in our service area as well as pet ownership support. For assistance, call 717-564-3320 and follow the prompts.
  • Cruelty Services. Our Humane Police Officer continues to investigate suspected cases of animal cruelty in our community.
  • Virtual Adoption and Foster Placement. Visit our Adoptable Pets Page to check out our current residents available.

In addition, as part of our pet ownership support services, our Pet Food Bank has moved to an online platform to enable you to sign up for pet food should you or someone you know need food during this time.

Your continued support is critical at this time. We need your help. Monetary donations will help the animals currently in our shelter as we work tirelessly to find them homes, as well as continue to keep our lifesaving programs available to those in need.   If you prefer to donate supplies, are most needed items can be found on our Wish List.

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3/30/2020

Friends of HSHA,

We are in extraordinary times.  We cannot now nor ever really know what tomorrow will bring.

What we do know is we can and will bring our best to the table.  HSHA has an incredible team of employees, volunteer, donors and supporters that have risen and will continue to rise to the challenge of the unknown tomorrow.

The news and headlines surrounding COVID-19 can create a state of fear, negativity and helplessness but we rise up with inspiration, gratitude and hope each day as we work to support each other and our residents.  Please know that we are taking every necessary measure to keep our staff and volunteers healthy and safe while maintaining top notch standard of care for our residents.

As a reminder we are continuing to offer the following services: 

  • Veterinary Resource Center remains open for wellness, vaccines, and sick appointments. We are delaying the scheduling of elective surgical procedures at this time.
  • Euthanasia Services can still be scheduled by calling 717-564-3320 and following the prompts.
  • Intake Center is available to provide assistance to citizens in our service area as well as pet ownership support. For assistance, call 717-564-3320 and follow the prompts.
  • Cruelty Services. Our Humane Police Officer continues to investigate suspected cases of animal cruelty in our community.
  • Virtual Adoption and Foster Placement. Visit our Adoptable Pets Page to check out our current residents available.

In addition, as part of our pet ownership support services, our Pet Food Bank has moved to an online platform to enable you to sign up for pet food should you or someone you know need food during this time.

Your continued support is critical at this time. We need your help. Monetary donations will help the animals currently in our shelter as we work tirelessly to find them homes, as well as continue to keep our lifesaving programs available to those in need.

If you would prefer to donate supplies, please note we are in need of the following items: dry cat or kitten food, paper towels, bleach, hand soap, kitten replacement milk and doxycycline. These items are vital to our continual operation here.

Thank you for continuing support.

Amy B. Kaunas
Executive Director

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3/18/2020

Beginning Thursday, March 19th the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) Adoption Center will be closed until at least Tuesday, March 31st.

This decision is in an effort to reduce the amount foot traffic in our building and follow guidance from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as government agencies and healthcare providers.

However, many of our services are essential to the welfare of animals and our community. We will be continuing to offer the following services: 

  • Veterinary Resource Center remains open for wellness, vaccines, and sick appointments. We are delaying the scheduling of elective surgical procedures at this time.
  • Euthanasia Services can still be scheduled by calling 717-564-3320 and following the prompts.
  • Intake Center will be available to provide assistance to citizens in our service area as well as pet ownership support. For assistance, call 717-564-3320 and follow the prompts.
  • Cruelty Services. Our Humane Police Officer continues to investigate suspected cases of animal cruelty in our community.
  • Pets will still be available for adoption under special guidelines

Please visit our website and Facebook page for updates on when HSHA will return to normal operations. Thank you for your continued support.

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3/16/2020

To Our Valued Customers and Community:

This letter is to assure you that the health and safety of our community, guests and team members remains one of our top priorities. As the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is having a greater impact in the United States, our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the virus. Because this is a rapidly-evolving situation, we feel it is important to reach out to you about the steps we are taking to keep you and our team members safe and healthy.

As part of our commitment to your health and well-being, we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation with regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as additional government agencies and health care providers.

Our normal cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection protocols meet or exceed extensive industry guidelines. These protocols, which assist with illness prevention, include:

  • Regular sanitation training and reinforcement for our team members.
  • Clearly established cleaning and disinfection cycles for all areas.
  • Prominent placement of hand sanitizers.
  • Frequent cleaning and wash down of high touch locations.

Given the current concerns related to COVID-19, we will be slightly increasing our cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection frequency above our already high standards.

We are reinforcing with our team members the recommended precautionary steps from the CDC to prevent the spread of germs. These guidelines include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze – preferably with a disposable tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.

We are taking the necessary steps to be prepared should this issue become a more significant concern for our area. HSHA will continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the CDC and other health agencies.

Based on the guidance we’ve received and our general state of preparedness, we are confident our operations continue to be safe and ready for staff, volunteers, guests and animal residents. We will deepen our collaboration with health and government officials, so we are prepared to take whatever steps may be necessary to ensure the safety of our guests and team members.

Thank you for your continued support of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

 

 

 

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