About Humane PA

Humane PA’s Mission Statement:

Humane PA is the nonpartisan arm of the animal protection movement in Pennsylvania, founded to give animals a political voice in Harrisburg.  photo for web

Humane PA is dedicated to electing candidates who demonstrate a commitment to pass stronger laws with a goal of eliminating animal cruelty within the Commonwealth. When law makers stand up for animals, Humane PA stands up for them.  

Pennsylvania voters need  tools and knowledge to effectively participate in the election and legislative process so they can maximize their political voice on behalf of animals – and Humane PA provides that information.  As the only statewide animal protection Political Action Committee (PAC) in Pennsylvania, we are uniquely positioned to build a body of humane-minded elected officials who will work to protect animals from neglect, cruelty and exploitation in Pennsylvania.

Why do Pennsylvania Animals Need Humane PA?

Before Humane PA, voters were rarely involved in the election process to help animals, and few humane groups were in a position to challenge special interest groups that exploit animals for profit and that fight to keep anti-cruelty laws off the books. There are many shelters, rescues, and other animal advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania that  lobby at all levels of government, however nonprofits, because of their charitable status with the IRS, are legally prohibited from electioneering activity (supporting and opposing candidates). A Political Action Committee (PAC) can donate to, and support, candidates to help ensure that Pennsylvania’s legislature has legislators who are committed to leading and supporting stronger anti-cruelty laws. Humane PA is a resource for all animal loving voters and groups in Pennsylvania – it operates independently and is not affiliated with any animal organizations or political parties.  We believe that commitment to the humane treatment of animals must transcend party lines to get the best results for animals.  Ending cruelty to animals is an issue that unites and enables us to put aside the divide of party politics. 

Humane PA quote 96.pngThe number of animal lovers in Pennsylvania far outnumber those who fight to keep cruel practices legal, so Humane PA realized it was long past time for animals to have their own powerful Political Action Committee. For years, the animal protection community watched special interest groups repeatedly kill anti-cruelty bills in Pennsylvania. Since the formation of Humane PA, pro-animal lobbyists are now on a more even playing field and can block animal-unfriendly bills and pass stronger humane legislation. Just a few examples of  precedent-setting humane legislation include Libre’s Law, the Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Law, the Cost of Care Law (which shifted the financial burden from animal shelters to animal abusers) and a law ending the use of gas chambers in our state.

We Need You!

Please sign-up for Humane PA’s email alert list and donate to support Humane PA’s mission to give animals a more powerful political voice in Pennsylvania.

We encourage everyone in Pennsylvania who cares about animals to get involved in the legislative and election process by getting to know your legislators and candidates running for office.  Join and follow Humane PA’s email alert list, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Read More about Humane PA:

What Was the Missing Piece in Animal Protection?

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to get Political for Animals!

The Importance of Animal PACs – an Insider’s View

Politics and Animals – The Missing Link

15 Comments on “About Humane PA”

  1. Susan Pizzini
    November 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    I don’t think that a tax credit is the way to go for pet owners. It opens up Pandora’s box for fraud. I’d rather see the removal of sales tax on pet food.

  2. Tina S.
    January 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Not that we need another tax to pay but keeping strays or any animal off the streets benefits EVERYONE, whether you are an animal-caring person or not. Everyone has to pay school taxes, whether you have children or not or have them in public schools or not, so everyone should have to pay an animal control tax, whether you have animals or not. Hopefully, it would be doled out to shelters across PA. Something has to be done & soon.

  3. January 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    At last! Somehtnig clear I can understand. Thanks!

  4. State Rep. James Roebuck
    March 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Per a Facebook request from Human PA Rep. Roebuck’s email address is roebuckjc@aol.com

  5. Humane PA
    March 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Thank you Representative Roebuck and thanks for your stellar record on anti-cruelty bills.

  6. Susan
    February 22, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    There is a bill that has been sitting in Harrisburg for years presented by Rep. Farnesi from Philly. The bill says no dog can be out side between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Does anyone know where this bill is and what we can do about getting it passed? I would also like to see a bill prohibiting tethering of dogs.

  7. February 26, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Years ago at a meeting at the Hughes Library in Stroudsburg I recommended a small annual tax for shelters and rescuers to help abandoned animals and stricter laws for people abandoning their animals and I nearly got lynched. Something needs to be done. Leaving animals outside in the cold weather is animal cruelty. Abandoning animals is animal cruelty. Animals should be considered a part of the family. Let’s get tough PA.

  8. Priscilla Wille
    March 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Wasn’t aware of your existence until today when I saw a comment from you on Facebook ( maybe Salena’s page? ). So grateful for this info and your website!
    Priscilla Engelhard Wille

  9. Humane PA
    March 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow! Thank you so much for the feedback. We want every animal lover in PA to have the information they need to make a difference at the policy level. We are thrilled to have you be part of Humane PA!

  10. April 11, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    Schooling, consciousness, and eradicating the stigma of sharing breast
    milk needs to be achieved.

  11. kay gabel
    September 24, 2019 at 3:16 am #

    my cat is missing , from sunbury pa area,can I post a pic of her here? , she was trapped in my neighborhood and never seen again, she has a tipped ear 4 yr old female,,,570-415-9439

  12. Amanda
    May 26, 2021 at 4:19 pm #

    I need to know why I am not allowed to enter a Humane Society and look at the animals they have on site. My dog went missing a few days ago but I am being told I’m not permitted on site to see if my dog is there. With the poor attitude I was given my confidence that they would be honest with me is not high!!!!

  13. Francine Urey
    December 23, 2021 at 1:32 pm #

    Please sign and share this petition to protect dogs from abuse/neglect and change the law in PA.

  14. mary hawley
    May 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm #

    I do not see state Senate District 28 listed?

  15. Karla Wood
    April 14, 2023 at 11:17 am #

    Greetings All, i come before u folks today to ask for some help. We recently purchased a Rottweiler puppy from a Petland in Robinson Township. I am ashamed to say i had no idea of their past or we would have never bought anything from those people. But after all the fraud breeders online and the rude rescue reps, when Petland called i thought this nightmare was finally over an heres our new puppy. It was afterwards when i became aware of their prior criminal charges for puppy mills an just bad business dealings.

    Without going into everything, our “warranty” required a vet check within 10 days. I made the appt within this timeperiod but on the morning of the day of appt the vets office called an had to reschedule as the vet needed emergency eye surgery. I have a letter from the vet stating this. On this 1st vet check the vet found my dog has an “inverted vulva” an will need surgery or her life will be UTIs, skin issues an other problems. So despite the fact that i was only 2 days out of this 10 day limit, i have the letter saying it was not our fault, Petland has called it a breach of contract an made it null an void. According to my research this surgery is approx $3,000 which SHOULD be covered by Petlands warranty plus other vet bills we have encountered by this vulva issue.

    Whomever checked our puppy prior to us purchasing her SHOULD have seen this problem but never told us or placed it on vet paperwork. Obviously, despite their prior criminal charges, it is my opinion they are STILL being deceptive just more careful so they have obviously not learned their lesson. I spoke to an animal atty who said i had a case an gave an approximate amount of damages, $48,000 but it wasnt enough for her to take our case! I am outraged as in her next breath she says they continue to do bad business as most people cant afford an atty.

    Well as they say “theyve ticked off the wrong person.” I am really upset about this an after you consider what we paid for her, all her vet bills to this point an an upcoming surgery of $3,000, i am livid. These people need to be stopped.

    I have a legal education an experience in the courtroom but i now have Lyme disease an am very sick an wondrr if i can still handle a lawsuit myself. This is why im coming to you folks today. I need help to shut these people down or at the very least make them pay for what is owed to us under this warranty. I would do the work for the atty as i have saved everything for documentation.

    Please, i need help.

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