The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year.

Our Mission

The Humane Society of Harford County promotes the humane treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions and community education.

Our Vision

Our vision is to end pet overpopulation and to advocate and educate for the humane treatment of animals.

  • The Humane Society is an open-admission shelter. We accept every animal that is brought through our doors.
  • We give the animals the food, shelter, warmth, medical care and loving attention they desperately need.
  • We subscribe to the Five Freedoms: freedom from hunger or thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.
  • Although we are not part of the Harford County government or the Humane Society of the US, we do act as the County’s sole facility for the care and treatment of animals. This means that animals found as strays, or seized by animal control, come to our shelter to be cared for and rehabilitated if possible.
  • We are an independent nonprofit organization, and rely on the charitable support of friends like you to enable us to continue our lifesaving work.

Our Values

  • We value every animal entrusted to our care.
  • We value our employees, who give so much in caring for our animals.
  • We value our volunteers and supporters, who generously contribute their time, talents and resources to support our mission.
  • We value our role in the community, working to improve the way animals are treated.