With a soft spot for all creatures and deeply concerned about the number of homeless animals in Harford County, Elsa Horne Voss, pictured at her home in Monkton, enlisted the help of several friends and purchased a 20-acre farm in Fallston. On February 5, 1946, the Humane Society of Harford County became the official home for the County’s homeless animals. Voss employed many residents of Harford County to work at the shelter and served as its president until 1979. In 1959 she was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Humane Society of the United States.

Seven and a half decades later, the organization is a fixture in Harford County and has grown to be an award-winning, progressive adoption and community resource center.

Join us as we begin a year-long celebration of our 75th anniversary!

Schedule of Events

Monthly Lunch & Learns

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HSHC will be celebrating its birthday all year with virtual programming, including one-hour Lunch & Learns on the last Wednesday of each month at noon. Topics are many, but will include:

  • Deep dives into HSHC’s history, including interviews with people who worked and volunteered at HSHC in its early days
  • Species-specific animal behavior, enrichment, and caretaking
  • Pet health and safety
  • Animal welfare laws, legislation, and advocacy
  • Ways that anyone can help shelter pets, community pets, and animals all over the world

HSHC will also be launching a revamped Humane Education program for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, which can be delivered in person or virtually. Programming will be tailored for each grade bracket and will include topics ranging from dog bite prevention, to discussions about animal abuse, to advocating for animals within local government.

Quarterly Lecture Series

HSHC will offer quarterly educational lectures in 2021. Topics will include:

  • Compassion Fatigue & Resilience
  • Programs to Keep Pets Out of Shelters
  • The story of Elsa Horne Voss, HSHC’s founder, and the Voss family history, presented in partnership with the Harford County Historical Society
  • Animal Welfare Legislation & Laws

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Let’s PAW-ty!