Building a Better Community for Pets and People

aka HSHA   |   Harrisburg, PA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 23-1365361


To protect animals from cruelty, neglect, carelessness, and ignorance. To provide shelter and care for lost, abandoned, and injured animals. To provide educational programs that enhance the bond between people and animals and encourage a public sentiment of humanity and gentleness towards animals. To promote and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Amy Kaunas

Main address

7790 Grayson Rd

Harrisburg, PA 17111 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info



Low-income people

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the only brick-and-motor animal shelter in our service area, we are responsible for providing assistance to a three-county region of over 500,000 people. We are entirely dependent upon community support to meet our objectives. HSHA is not a government agency and does not receive government funding. We are not affiliated with, nor funded by, any national group such as the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pet Food Bank

If you or someone you know is struggling to afford pet food during these difficult times, the HSHA Pet Food Bank is available. Simply choose your date and time slot, come during that time, and we will have your pet food waiting for you to pick up.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unique animals adopted per year

Number of bags of pet food distributed to households

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pet Food Bank

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Pounds of pet food donated to pet owners in need

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide excellent residental care, adoption programs, low-cost veterinary clinics, cruelty investigations, pet food bank, and counseling programs to assist the community not just in finding a new pet, but keeping pets in already established homes.

While the strategic plan provides our vision of the future, it is also a dynamic, living document that allows us to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to our changing environment.

Stratgies include:
Seek funds to expand low-cost veterinary clinic services to community. Expand cruelty services to promote people and pet safe communities. Grow the Humane Education Center to provide educational opportunites to the future animal advocates of tomorrow. Increase fundraising efforts including event sponsorships and endowments. Capital Campaign to rennovate dog kennels.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.42 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HUMANE SOCIETY OF HARRISBURG AREA INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $937,534 $698,622 $100,573 $661,685 -$692,345
As % of expenses 43.4% 28.6% 4.3% 23.7% -20.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $797,994 $542,707 -$79,238 $465,094 -$892,822
As % of expenses 34.7% 20.9% -3.2% 15.5% -25.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,219,873 $2,967,088 $2,477,035 $4,239,519 $2,689,059
Total revenue, % change over prior year 68.1% -7.9% -16.5% 71.2% -36.6%
Program services revenue 17.5% 18.7% 29.0% 19.1% 26.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.6% 0.6% 0.9% 0.8% 3.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 81.9% 83.3% 70.3% 74.6% 67.7%
Other revenue 0.0% -2.6% -0.2% 0.7% 2.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,162,496 $2,446,059 $2,335,435 $2,797,598 $3,306,360
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.7% 13.1% -4.5% 19.8% 18.2%
Personnel 55.6% 55.5% 62.8% 56.5% 54.4%
Professional fees 2.8% 3.8% 4.6% 10.3% 11.9%
Occupancy 3.0% 2.5% 2.2% 1.9% 1.7%
Interest 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 38.0% 38.2% 30.4% 31.3% 32.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,302,036 $2,601,974 $2,515,246 $2,994,189 $3,506,837
One month of savings $180,208 $203,838 $194,620 $233,133 $275,530
Debt principal payment $493,976 $0 $0 $1,684 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $561,732 $420,162 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,976,220 $3,367,544 $3,130,028 $3,229,006 $3,782,367

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.4 2.2 1.0 0.6
Months of cash and investments 4.0 3.5 4.6 2.2 1.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 2.2 0.8 2.6 -0.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $327,346 $277,532 $425,114 $240,679 $165,896
Investments $395,978 $439,053 $478,849 $282,332 $99,423
Receivables $13,974 $4,248 $5,695 $34,589 $49,354
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,806,994 $5,423,197 $5,837,859 $5,941,352 $6,032,638
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.6% 36.3% 36.7% 37.9% 40.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 3.6% 8.9% 2.8% 11.3%
Unrestricted net assets $3,366,870 $3,909,577 $3,830,339 $4,295,433 $3,402,611
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,326,068 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,326,068 $1,365,595 $1,542,291 $2,485,240 $1,996,226
Total net assets $4,692,938 $5,275,172 $5,372,630 $6,780,673 $5,398,837

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Amy Kaunas

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 03/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

George Groves

Beth Peiffer

Ralph E Jones

Kevin Kline

SEK CPAs & Advisors

Lindsay Bixler

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Zachary Khuri

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David Noll

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Jennifer Bruce

Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall

Amy Barnett

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser