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Community Leader Profile: Our Own Richele Herigan!

For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Richele does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? Harrisburg, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 2 Years and I have worked in veterinary field over 10 years Where did you go to school? Susquehanna Township High School & Harcum Jr. College (Animal Center Management Program) Describe your role in the area pet community? I am a volunteer for Susquehanna Services Dogs (SSD). SSD raises and trains dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities. (http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/) What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? AHDC has very committed employees who are very caring and compassionate. What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Helping with SSD for 7 years at their fundraising events, dog sitting for SSD dogs and “Puppy Hugging” to help socialize new litters of puppies. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? When I was a child I was always bringing pets home – turtles, frogs, hamsters, kittens, etc. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Tillie, cat; Samantha, Bassett Hound; Gretchen, German Shorthair Pointer What kind of food do you feed your pets? Science Diet What is your favorite movie? Wizard of Oz What kind of music do you like? James Taylor, Carrie Underwood What was the last book that you read? Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury What is your favorite TV show? Greys Anatomy Where was your last vacation? Myrtle Beach, S.C. What is your favorite restaurant? Progress Grille If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? My loved ones who have passed away Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: Water gardening – I have a goldfish/koi pond that I enjoy – especially in Spring/Summer with lots of tadpoles, frogs, toads, and water lilies.

COMMUNITY LEADER PROFILE: MEET OUR OWN KELLY MALLONEE!

AHDC Vets’ Kelly Mallonee
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Kelly does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in Hershey, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 26 years Where did you go to school? Hershey High School then Harcum College for Veterinary Technology Describe your role in the area pet community? I find homes for most of the kittens that are dropped off at my boarding stable and take care of the ones that stay. They are like my own cats. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? The caring staff and our work with Castaway Critters What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I haven’t done anything recently, but would like to use my Charity Day to help out CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association) At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? In elementary school when my mother realized I was spending my allowance feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I didn’t have any pets as a child because I grew up in an apartment, but after college and marriage I have had many cats: Abby, Harry, Katie, Fred, and Alfred all who lived to be 18-21 years old. My first horse Satch who I had for 21 years and lived to be 29 years. I now have 2 cats -Savannah (10 years) and O’Malley (4 years) and a new Arabian horse Ladda (18 years). What kind of food do you feed your pets? My cats are on Hill’s Prescription Y/D because Savannah is hyperthyroid and O’Malley also is fed Hill’s C/D. I only discovered that Savannah was hyperthyroid while doing wellness blood work since she wasn’t showing any signs of illness yet. What is your favorite movie? “The Mummy” with Brendan Fraser What kind of music do you like? Classic rock – I grew up in the 70’s What was the last book that you read? A James Patterson novel What is your favorite TV show? I love “Everybody Loves Raymond” re-runs and True Blood on HBO Where was your last vacation? Williamsburg, VA. We also go to Disney World at least once a year. What is your favorite restaurant? Dafno’s and Devon Seafood If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? James Herriot (if he was still alive) Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I spend most of my free time riding and caring for my horse and I love to travel with my husband of 27 years. I was a competitor on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in 2000 when Regis was still hosting. It was a once in a lifetime adventure.

COMMUNITY LEADER PROFILE: MEET OUR OWN LESLIE LUDWIG!

For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Leslie does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in the Harrisburg area. Lived the majority of my childhood in Colonial Park Area How long have you been at AHDC? I’ve worked at AHDC since I was in high school. I did kennel work while in high school and TA when I was in college. So, about twenty years total. (14yrs as full time technician.) Where did you go to school? Wilson College in Chambersburg Describe your role in the area pet community? I am a certified veterinary technician. My role in the community is to improve pet lives through quality nursing when they are in our care. Helping animals live longer, happier lives is my goal. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? Our hospital focuses on preventative medicine. This is important because we catch disease sooner when there is a better prognosis thus lengthening the lives of the pets in our community. Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I was lucky enough to have a community day which I participated in a Castaway Critters spay/neuter clinic. We spayed/neutered about 115 stray cats. We also rabies vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated them all for fleas/ticks/ear mites. This greatly helps the community cut down on unwanted stray cats. It also keeps contagious feline diseases more under control with less feral cats around. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? As a child, I would always pretend to be a dog or cat. Most little girls play dress up and love to be princesses or ballerinas. (Not me) List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I had a sheltie named “Shep” as a child and a cat named “Gerry”. My mom and dad divorced when I was 3yrs old so my dad had a doberman named “Max”. My mom then acquired 16 cats while I was in high school and college because everyone would drop them off in our yard knowing we would take care of them. Luckily, my mom was able to spay and neuter them all or we would have had too many to mention. My first dog was when I was in college. She was a stray that I found that was hit by a car on Linglestown road. I put flyers out but no one claimed her so I kept her. She was a great dog and lived to be about 19yrs old. My current animals are: my favorite cat, a himalayan named “Bozo”, a beagle/bassett hound named “Chase”, and two DSH cats named “Diva” and “Dash”. My animals are always pets that were strays or rescues. What kind of food do you feed your pets? My himalayan is almost 17yrs old so he is currently on a prescription diet called K/D. My other animals are young & healthy and are on Purina ProPlan What is your favorite movie? I have a three year old daughter so I don’t get to see many movies anymore. My favorite right now is the Hangover. I thought that was hilarious. What kind of music do you like? My favorite music is really a variety. I like some hip/hop and R&B but also like country and classic rock (hair bands of the 80/90’s). What was the last book that you read? Once again, (Have a 3yr old) so the last book I read was “The Bourne Identity”. What is your favorite TV show? I still love Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy. Where was your last vacation? The Outer Banks. What is your favorite restaurant? I really like Texas Roadhouse and Macaroni Grill. If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? I would love to meet an Olympic gymnast. I love gymnastics and was a gymnast for 20 years. Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I love being outdoors especially in the Caribbean. I am a certified scuba diver and love the water and all the animals in it. It’s a whole other world under there!