Don’t let the snow get you down! Stop by the HSHA shelter today or tomorrow and meet your new furry Valentine! Each Shelter Sweetheart is available for a 50% reduced adoption fee, which includes spay/neuter, initial flea treatment and microchip. There are so many wonderful cats and dogs to choose from and they are all anxiously awaiting your arrival. For more information, go to: www.humanesocietyhbg.org
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!
- 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):
- Country (dog), Mya-Sky (dog), Sparko (dog), Harper (lizard), Quinn (lizard), Tick Tock the Croc (lizard), Delilah (cat)
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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
Join the Humane Society of Harrisburg for the Annual Penguin Plunge! This year’s Plunge will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014! Event registration begins at 10 AM and the Plunge jumps off at noon. Join hundreds of HSHA supporters as they “take the plunge” for homeless animals on New Year’s Day at City Island, Beach Area, Harrisburg, PA. Individuals who raise over $75 will receive an event towel. For teams to receive towels, each member must raise at least $75. For more information, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Mature Pets for Mature PeopleGrowing older doesn’t mean growing lonelier. The Mature Pets for Mature People program offers senior citizens 60 years or older the opportunity to adopt a companion animal free of charge. Pets who are chosen for the program are at least five years old and spayed/neutered. Additionally, if a senior would rather adopt a pet that is younger (between the ages of 6 months and up to 5 years), the adoption fee will be reduced. Senior citizens interested in adopting a pet through the Mature Pets for Mature People program are invited to complete an application at any time. Applications can be obtained by calling HSHA 717.564.3320 For more information, go to: www.humanesocietyhbg.org
Responsibility BoxThis 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
Holiday Open House & Adoption EventThis years adoptathon will be held on December 7th from 11am to 7pm. All dogs will be available for a discounted rate of $20 and all cats & rabbits will be available for $10. They will also be featuring a BBQ and bake sale. You will also want to stop in their retail store to pick up some discounted Christmas gifts for your pets! www.humanesocietyhbg.org
The Humane Society of Harrisburg employs a trained Humane Police Officer to thoroughly investigate and, if possible prosecute, offenders to the fullest extent of the law regarding any crime committed against animals. Their Cruelty Department investigates more than 3,000 complaints each year. To report a case of animal cruelty, contact the Cruelty Department at (717) 564-3320 x104. Complainants will need to provide: Your name, exact address of location of complaint, nature of complaint, name of owners if possible, duration of violation. All complainant information is kept strictly confidential. To learn more, go to: http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/cruelty-investigation