HSHA is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing care for homeless animals, as well as education for the community, since 1911. HSHA serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and northern York Counties. The organization receives no funding from government or other animal welfare groups and must rely on private donations and fundraising activities to support its mission. HSHA maintains two shelters: East Shore Shelter, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 and West Shore Shelter, 710 Eppley Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

The organization recently achieved its ambitious goal of sheltering all adoptable animals without euthanizing due to a need for space, despite the fact that it takes in between 7,000 and 10,000 animals each year. HSHA also welcomes the public to many fundraising events each year, including the Penguin Plunge, Fur Ball Gala, Hogs 4 Dogs, and Doggie Drag Show. For more information on the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, contact the director of public relations at 717.564.3320 ext. 100.