The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area is caring for more than 300 animals. They do care for farm animals, but their primary focus is providing help for cats and dogs.
The shelter continues to feel the brunt of a growing problem in the region: people who own chickens are not taking care of them.
The facility currently is housing 22 chickens that have been rescued or taken from properties because of neglect or cruelty. The Humane Society is a non-profit and they are looking for support in the building of a chicken coup.
Joseph Stoudt lives in Dauphin County. He is not a farmer but has owned chickens for nearly 30 years. He is not surprised by the growing chicken population at the shelter.
“It is a lot of work,” Stoudt said. “People get chickens as pets, and it is new for a while and then
they realize there is a lot of work and they get rid of them or don’t take care of them.”
For more information on the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, visit http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/