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Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
7790 Grayson Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 564-3320
Fax: (717) 564-1867

For general questions about adoption, specific pets, appointments, lost & found, etc., please email

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Administrative Staff:


Amy Kaunas
Executive Director
Amy Kaunas has been HSHA’s executive director since November of 2006. In her position, she works collaboratively with the community to ensure the health and safety of all animals and also oversees all shelter operations and the overall execution of the organization’s strategy. Since becoming executive director, Amy has developed multiple new programs, including low-cost spay/neuter services, a rehabilitation program, and a pet food bank. Prior to becoming executive director, Amy was an attorney and most recently practiced at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. Amy received her B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. She lives locally with her family, which includes four dogs and two cats.


Charlotte Hassman
Director of Animal Care
Charlotte Hassman is the Director of Animal Care and oversees the medical and behavioral programs at HSHA. She deepened her passion for animals when she and her family raised 8 puppies for The Seeing Eye. In August of 2003, while they were raising their 8th puppy, she joined the staff at HSHA. Her favorite part of the job is when animals find the right home. Charlotte, a graduate of Central Dauphin East High School and Bloomsburg University, lives locally with her husband, Larry, and the four-legged family members of their family (all former Humane Society residents) Angel, Blue, Cici, Mahpee (all Pit Bulls/Pit mixes), Lucy (a fat Beagle) and FeLV-positive domestic short hairs Crispie and Crunchie.

Nancy Nancy Valdez
Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Valdez is the Coordinator of Volunteers, a post she also held from 2009-2011. A retired educator and a lifelong animal lover, she enjoys the opportunity to utilize many of her career skills to advocate for HSHA on a number of fronts. The most rewarding aspects of the job are getting to know some of the shelter residents and seeing them find loving homes, as well as helping to educate the public about HSHA’s services and programs. Nancy is a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, Penn State, and Temple. She lives locally with 3 cats (1 who found her and 2 who are 1999 HSHA alumni), a dog (a 2009 HSHA alumna), and a parakeet. Her daughter and rescued grand-dogs live in California.

Christina Christina Wiley
Human Resources & Accounting Specialist
Christina Wiley worked at the shelter from 2004-2006 and returned in 2010 to fill the Human Resources and Accounting Specialist position. She has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and brings to the table a decade worth of working experience in the HR and Accounting fields. Christina always enjoyed animal company of any kind. Her favorite part about working at HSHA is to see shelter animals go home with their new family. She lives locally with her rescued "FUR" family of nine. When she is not gardening, she is usually hiking or swimming with her dogs.

Patrick Patrick Noll
Kennel Manager
Patrick has been with HSHA since 2004. His job is to hire, train and manage kennel staff and ensure that all animals are cared for daily. As would be expected, his duties also link him to other departments as HSHA works to temperament test and evaluate all guests for adoption. Previously, Pat lived in Schuylkill County and worked in a nursing home as a dietary aid. He lives locally and enjoys writing, drawing and reading, especially materials related to animal behavior.

Megan Megan Glass
Kennel Supervisor/Behavior Team
Megan has been with HSHA since November 2009. Her work involves supervising and scheduling staff, temperament testing dogs and checking behavior write-ups. Megan recently began Risk Adoption classes every Sunday to ease the transition for adoptive pet parents and prevent animals from being returned by offering tips on crate and potty training and solving problem behavior. Prior to joining HSHA, she worked in retail and was a Boscov’s area manager. Megan lives locally with her two HSHA rescued Pit Bulls, a Yorkie, a recently adopted Chihuahua and a former HSHA cat. Her hobbies include hiking and shopping.

Megan Strausbaugh
Director of Marketing

As the Director of Marketing, Megan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the shelters' three largest events, communication materials, and website management. Prior to joining the Humane Society staff in November of 2014, she worked in the hotel industry and later for a large state association. However, Megan's passion has always been for animals of all kinds. At HSHA she now has the opportunity to pair her education, skills, and experiences with this passion. Megan is a graduate of Messiah College with a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design and is currently pursing her Masters in Business Administration. Today, she resides in Camp Hill with her Rottweiler, Jackson, and Harrisburg city, all black, rescued ally cat, Logan as well as her two HSHA almuni cats Lucy and Betsy.

Dr. Brenda Fijalkowski

Dr. Fij joined the HSHA team in June 2013. She has 27 years of private practice experience and has completed training with the Humane Alliance in High Volume/ High Quality Spay/Neuter Surgeries. She has also volunteered with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's Rural Veterinary Services, providing surgical care for pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Dr. Fij graduated from Penn State and received her VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband have 3 children and share their home in Lancaster County with 2 dogs and 5 cats.

Kristi Ehrhart
Adoption Center Team Leader

Kristi joined the team at HSHA with years of experience in customer service from the hospitality industry. As the Adoption Center Team Leader she oversees HSHA’s retail store Furget-Me-Not, supervises the staff at the front desk, keeps PetFinder up-to-date, and so much more. Kristi is a passionate advocate for the bully breeds and owns two pit bulls herself. She is a loving and dedicated wife and mother to three boys. Her family currently resides in Palmyra.

Board of Directors:

Adam Santucci, President
Jenna Wagner, Vice President 
Donald Bowman, Treasurer
Jason Benion, Secretary
Zachary Khuri
Kevin Kline
Beth Peiffer
John Rampulla

Photography courtesy of EKLucas Photography

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We are currently in need of soft training treats (made in USA), Busy Bones, sensitive stomach cat food, peanut butter, unscented bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Dawn dishwashing detergent, Clorox wipes, waterless shampoo, kitten milk replacer, and paper towels. If you'd like to help out, please drop some off at the shelter!

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We have several dogs and cats that are looking for a foster home.  If you think you may be able to help, please visit our Fosters Needed page.


July 15 | Christmas in July

October 8 | Shelter Buddies Basket Bingo

October 21 | Pittie Party

November 4 | FUR Ball Gala & Auction

December 2 | Holiday Open House & Adopt-A-Thon

Events Calendar

Workplace Giving

CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) – 77697
SECA (State Employees Combined Appeal) – 4401-0027
United Way – 3022