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About Us

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) serves pets and people in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties, an area of more than 500,000 people. HSHA not only helps pets but also helps people through our various programs and services.  Each program and service is designed to fill a need in our community, and many of them are targeted toward specific audiences, such as low-income pet owners.

HSHA is funded solely by the community and could not fulfill our mission without the community’s support.  Many community members are surprised to find that we are supported locally, without national affiliation.

  • HSHA is not a government agency.
  • We are not affiliated with or funded by any national animal welfare organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (this is because these organizations do not act as umbrella organizations).
  • We rely solely on the community for donations.
  • HSHA contracts with local municipalities to take in stray animals from those municipalities.  The contract fee does not produce a profit for us, but rather simply covers our costs for caring for the stray animals.  The fee is based on the number of animals coming in from each municipality. 

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