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!