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Meet the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area’s Alesha Miller!

We’ve interviewed the Humane Society of Harrisburg’s Alesha Miller so that we could learn more about her and the amazing things that she does in our community! HSHA Alesha
  • Where are you originally from?
    • Elizabethtown, PA
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    • Lower Dauphin High School
  • How long have you been at the Humane Society of Harrisburg?
    • One year, three months
  • Describe your role at the shelter?
    • General care of the animals – cleaning, feeding, walking, socializing and providing love
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    • Since childhood
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
    • Current:
      • Country (dog), Mya-Sky (dog), Sparko (dog), Harper (lizard), Quinn (lizard), Tick Tock the Croc (lizard), Delilah (cat)
    • Childhood
      • Sadie (dog), Ringo (dog), Tipper (cat), Wack Attack (cat), Zoey (hamster), Aqua (guinea pig), Bug (rabbit),
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
    • Purina products and for my lizards, veggies, fruit and crickets
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Min
  • What kind of music do you like?
    • Rock and techno/dubstep
  • What was the last book that you read?
    • The Maze Runner series
  • What is your favorite TV show?
    • Modern Family
  • Where was your last vacation?
    • Brigantine, NJ
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Hibachi
  • Describe your perfect sandwich
    • Anything from Subway!
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be
    • Tia Maria Torres from Pitbulls and Parolees
  • Name your favorite sport’s team.
    • Steelers!!
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting:
    • My life is based around the shelter and I’m often there 7 days a week. If I’m not working, I’m volunteering. I love photography, so I help with the pet of the Week pictures.
To learn more about the Humane Society of Harrisburg, go to: www.humanesocietyhbg.org

The Humane Society of Harrisburg’s Penguin Plunge!

Join the HSHA on Januray 1st for the 17th Annual Penguin Plunge! Don’t forget to bring some cash! There will be hot food and drinks from Bricker’s and lots of yummy treats at our bake sale table. Also, they will have lots of great HSHA clothing items for sale and these very cute penguin sweatshirts and accessories for your dog! To learn more, go to: www.humanesocietyhbg.org  

An Art Cause for Little Paws

The Havestick Gallery is seeking artist’s submissions for an exhibition themed around animals to help benefit needy animals during the holiday season. HSHA will receive a portion from the proceeds. Artists should deliver their work to The Garden Gallery at 10 N Hanover Street, Carlisle. The show will open on Saturday, December 7. For more information, please visit the Humane Society of Harrisburg’s website under Community Partner. www.humanesocietyhbg.org  

HSHA’s Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough “Folks may call you different, they may say you can’t win, but it’s not what’s on the outside – it’s what you have within.” A message from our DITR residents: I am an HSHA Diamond. This means that some people may see me as less-adoptable. Maybe I’m shy, maybe I’m old or maybe I’m just different. For whatever, reason, I’m seen as being hard to place in a forever home. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less of a great companion than any other animals here. I still have qualities that can make me a great pet for you and your family. I deserve a good home too! Someplace where I can feel safe, wanted and loved. Someplace where people will not see me for what I am on the outside, but simply for whom I am inside. I may be an underdeog, disabled, don’t fit in or not as pretty…but you can still be my hero. Reasons animals are in this program
  • Senior – 10+ years old
  • Behaviorally challenged – shy/reserved and need a bit more time to adjust to a new home
  • Medically challenged – FIV+, FeLV+, hyperthyroidism, seizures, blind, deaf, missing a limb
  • Long term – in shelter for over a year
  • Color/Size discrimination – overweight, black fur
  Bear is a senior. Bop It is shy. Chi-Chi Dole is a senior Hugs is a shy senior. Ivan is a senior with FeLV. Nestor is shy. Posey is shy. Ragu Sasha is a senior. Shogun is shy. Skittles is a senior.   Sophie is deaf. Squire is shy. Stella is shy. Tooky Bear is a senior. Twisty is shy. Two Spots is shy. Vixie is shy. Zeva is shy. To learn more, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/diamonds-in-the-rough

Humane Society of Harrisburg School Programs

Responsibility Box

This activity is geared toward groups of children Pre-K to 3rd grade. The responsibility box is full of items needed to take proper care of a pet. Through this interactive activity, children will learn that having a furry friend is a lot of responsibility!* Humane Careers Presentation HSHA is available to visit your high school to speak about animal careers, job opportunities at HSHA, and volunteering. This presentation is geared toward high school students who are interested in working with animals in the future.* In-Class Lessons/Activities If you would like your students to learn more about pets, they have several customizable lesson plans and activity ideas to choose from that are easy to present to your class. For example, Geometry, an In-Class Mini Project to benefit the Humane Society, was developed by Cumberland Valley High School math teacher Madonna Gabert. Students were asked to bring to class, a cylindrical or rectangular shaped item labeled on the top in permanent marker with their first and last names and class period. They can choose from several items, such as canned dog or cat food, a roll of paper towels (cylinders) or a box of treats or reams of copy paper (rectangles) needed by the Humane Society. The students use their items to calculate surface area and volume and after the project is graded, students have the option of donating the items to the Humane Society. To learn about more activities, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/humane-education-programs-activities

Healing Haven of HSHA Support Group

Whether an animal dies, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home, sorrow is a normal and natural reaction to the loss of a beloved friend. Unfortunately, our culture does not provide us with the tools to help mourn the loss of a pet as it does the loss of a human. Even your closest friends and family members may not understand the depth of your sadness. The first step to reaching resolution in the loss of your pet is to acknowledge your feelings. Through the Healing Haven of HSHA Support Group, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar expereince. This is an informal support group for adults (16 years of age or older) and is provided to the public at no cost. The support group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Humane Society of Harrisburg’s shelter. Please bring a photo of your pet. To learn more, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/pet-bereavement

The Humane Society of Harrisburg: Furget Me Not

HSHA’s retail store, located off their lobby, has all the basics you will need to get off on the right “paw” with your pet. The store features a large variety of quality pet products. Best of all, their products are offered at prices significantly lower than pet stores, and all the proceeds benefit their resident animals. So stop by and see what HSHA’s retail store has to offer! For more information, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/hsha-store

Volunteer with the Humane Society of Harrisburg

Volunteers are a vital part of the HSHA team. Without them, they would not be able to perform many of the essential functions at the shelter. HSHA is always looking for dedicated and committed volunteers to assist with the shelter animals and some of the everyday responsibilities of shelter life. Whether you are interested in walking dogs, helping at events, or socializing cats, there is a place for you at HSHA. The animals are waiting for you … get started today! To learn more, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/volunteer