Overcrowding is a serious issue for shelters across the county. And currently, it is hitting our area hard as well.
The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) is severely overcrowded, so the organization has asked chair members Bruce Rudderow and Ruth Karns Rudderow of Karns Quality Foods, to reach out to assist them in reaching out to the Harrisburg community for help and support.
The goal of HSHA’s capital campaign is to raise $2.8 million in funds to build a 6,000 square foot expansion to the current building and to pay down their existing mortgage.
The expansion would provide expanded animal housing. Currently the shelter houses over 500 animals, which is far over the amount it is expected to hold. HSHA is looking to add another 3,000 square feet to it’s animal housing quarters which will include room for 50 large dog kennels, cat intake area with 36 cat shelters, and a cat play area.
The new area would also include intake counseling centers to assist potential surrendering pet owners in finding alternative solutions to housing and behavioral problems, veterinary services and other crisis’.
An upgraded veterinary suite with provide HSHA with a new medical screening area and additional surgical space and a fire sprinkler system would be added, which continues to put the shelter’s residents and staff at risk. Unfortunately, as of now, with no sprinkler system, it would be impossible to safely evacuate all animals in the building.
A separate intake area for well animals and sick animals would prevent the risk of spreading communicable diseases and additional pet food bank storage would allow the HSHA to store more food and extend the program to reach more service areas and needy pet owners.
The HSHA currently provides office space for five staff members. Space is needed for eleven. New offices, an education center, cruelty call center, and a meeting area would be beneficial to continue growing community programs.
There are many ways to help HSHA reach their goal to better provide better services to the pets and people of the Harrisburg area*:
- A three-five year capital campaign pledge
- A named girl for an area of the new Intake Center in honor or memory of a loved one, your company, or yourself
- A gift to be match by your company
- A gift in-kind that could be used towards the construction of the Intake Center
- A gift of appreciated stock or monetary donation
You can make a one-time donation via PayPal by clicking here, or download a campaign pledge form for one-time and installment donations here.
*All donations are tax-deductible.
You can read more about the HSHA’s capital campaign where you can find their downloadable brochure and campaign guide that includes the history of HSHA, where they are today, their vision for tomorrow, campaign goals and giving, naming opportunities, donors, and campaign leadership by visiting their campaign page.