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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 HSHA, pet adoption, Furget-Me-Not (HSHA's retail store), and dog licensing please email

To complete a formal lost and found report, surrender your owned animal, or to schedule a low-cost clinic, euthanasia, or cremation appointment please email

To provide HSHA with feedback on your customer experience, please take our customer service survey.

To request a tour, speaker, or event participation, please click here.



Nicole Besic
Director of Resident Services
Nicole Besic has been an employee of HSHA since 2014. Originally a part-time kennel employee, she, and her managers, quickly realized her passion for animals and skills could be better utilized. So, she was promoted to a Kennel Staff Trainer where she was responsible for teaching, mentoring, and coaching new hires. Nicole continued to hone her animal care skills, management techniques, and strategic thinking which moved her into another career advancement and current role, as a full-time, Kennel Staff Supervisor. As the Kennel Staff Supervisor her responsibilities include oversight of all the kennel staff, a team of approximately 20 members, the daily care of the shelter residents, assisting the behavior team with temperament testing, and working with a number of the feline population that require additional support to improve their adoptability. As a true team player, Nicole's responsibilities don't end there, she is always willing to pinch hit in another department or complete larger projects to fulfill a greater need at the shelter. Nicole resides in Middletown with her family and currently has two dogs and two cats. However, she is constantly taking home foster animals until they are able to be adopted. In addition, she uses her office to foster animals that are stressed out, require additional socialization, or need a day at her "office spa!"

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Alyssa Ginez
Behavior Team Leader
Alyssa started her career at HSHA in February of 2012 as a member of the kennel team. Through the years, Alyssa proved a strong work ethic, professionalism in customer service, and keen understanding of the shelter’s operations. After training under other members of the management team, specifically in animal behavior, and attending several seminars to develop her animal handling skills, animal psychology studies, and temperament testing, Alyssa was promoted to her current role as the Behavior Team Leader. In this role, Alyssa temperament tests our canine population to understand each animal’s needs and uncover what kind of home environment they will be best suited in. She also conducts on-going behavior training to make all of adoptable dog population more attractive to potential adopters, whether that’s walking well on a leash, continued socialization, or learning basic commands. Alyssa resides in Harrisburg with her adopted HSHA alum, Captain America and Kaiya. She is a graduate of Bishop McDevitt and in her free time enjoys hiking, watching movies, cooking, spending time with her closest family and friends, but most of all, Margarita Mondays at the Paxtang Grill!

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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.

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Kristi Kleinfelter
Adoption Center Team Leader

Kristi joined the team at HSHA in 2016 with years of experience in customer service. As the Adoption Center Team Leader she oversees HSHA’s retail store Furget-Me-Not, supervises the staff at the adoption center, and coordinates several community outreach programs - Animal Exchange, Book Buddies, and Community Service. In addition, she is the administrator, on-site event planner, pet of the week media liason, and assists with Humane Education opportunities through shelter tours and themed presentations. Her favorite part of the job is the opportunity to witness many animals leaving the shelter to go into their FURever homes. Previously, Kristi worked as the Director of Sales at the Comfort Inn for 9 years. There she took an intensive course and lengthy exam to earn her hospitality supervisor certification (CHS). Personally, 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. There she is heavily involved in the athletic programs and gives back to the community through her involvement on the Board for Palmyra Elementary Wrestling Program and the Palmyra Civic Baseball Association.

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Patrick Noll
Director of Shelter Programs
Patrick started working at the Humane Society in 2004 as an entry level kennel staff member. He quickly became invested in all aspects of the organization, holding a variety of positions and responsibilities. Patrick took an early interest in animal behavior, leading him to participate in conducting temperament tests, rehabilitating shelter residents and handling animals with severe behavioral issues. He would later take the position of Kennel Staff Trainer, making him responsible for organizing training efforts of new staff, assessing staff performance and selecting staff for advanced training. Then, as Kennel Manger, he would interview and select new employees, collaborate with other managers on global policy issues, assist with medical and behavioral care, address complex customer concerns and occasionally speak to students at local schools. Currently, Patrick oversees the Behavior, Intake and Medical Departments. He serves as a Humane Society Police Officer and directs the expanding Cruelty Department, refining the current processes to provide the animals in the community with ever-improving service and protection. He also leads the Safety Team and organizes internal safety efforts, with a focus on educating staff on OSHA standards and providing a safe work environment. Patrick was raised in Cressona, Pa, located in Schuylkill County. He moved to the Harrisburg Area about ten years ago to be closer to the Humane Society. He currently lives with his girlfriend, five Pitbulls, Labrador Retriever mix and cat. During his spare time, Patrick enjoys cooking, drawing, writing, movies and spending quality time with his friends and family.

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Dr. Lauren Ritchey

Dr. Ritchey-Northup is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. She earned her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland. She has completed High Volume/ High Quality Spay/Neuter training with Humane Alliance and has always had a special interest in shelter medicine. Her studies and interests have taken her all over the world- from Africa, where she helped to rehabilitate baboons and other primates, to Cyprus, where she helped care for and spay and neuter stray cats and dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, and being outdoors/in nature. She shares her home with her husband Jeff and their 3 rescue dogs- Ziggy (Pit bull), Molly (Pit bull mix), and Olive (Yorkie mix).

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Jeffrey Snell
Intake Center Team Leader

Jeffrey has only been working in animal welfare a few short months, but his impact has been monumental. As the Intake Team Leader, Jeffrey is responsible for overseeing new arrivals to the shelter. This includes the responsibilities of managing the Safe Haven program, processing owner surrender requests, reconnecting pets with their owners through redemptions or Lost and Found protocols, acting as the shelter’s liaison with law enforcement officers in contracting municipalities, and plenty of other tasks that come up each and every day. Prior to his employment at HSHA, Jeffrey worked at Pennsylvania's State Capitol as Senate Security and Access Control Coordinator. His experiences there included training new staff members, building relationships with governmental contractors and partnering security agencies, creating standard operating procedures, and processing incidences that occurred on property for further investigations. Jeffrey resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife, Corinne, and their dog – a boxer mix – Luna Berry Juicy Girl. He also served as Corporal in the United States Marine Corps with 3rd Battalion 6th Marines - Teufelhunden - Lima Co.

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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.

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Joe Wojtysiak
Building Manager

As the Building Manager, Joe is responsible for maintaining the building, operating equipment, overseeing vehicle safety, and coordination of other large operations at the shelter. In addition, he coordinates trash pick-up, lawn care, snow removal, and pest control. Maintaining the condition of the kennels, HVAC systems, boiler, and other equipment is a key aspect of his job too. As a non-profit organization donations are key to a successful business. Joe is responsible for ordering, pick-up, and storage of all donated supplies. Prior to joining HSHA, Joe’s careers included Bethlehem Steel where he was Superintendent of Plant Services and Harrisburg Area Community College as the Senior Director of Facilities Management. He is also a retired Major from the Air National Guard. He graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Certificate in Labor Relations and later earned a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University.

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Aspasia Yeager
Director of Veterinary Services
Aspasia joined the HSHA staff as Director of Resident Services in 2017. In her position she leads a team of dedicated kennel technicians to ensure the animals at HSHA receive the highest level of compassionate care while they await adoption. Aspasia has worked in leadership positions at 3 different animal shelters throughout Central Pennsylvania over the last 14 years. She has a passion for legislative advocacy relating to animal welfare and enjoys volunteering in the community - with both human and animal related organizations. Her most meaningful volunteer commitment is traveling with NAVS (Native American Veterinary Services) on annual trips to the Zuni reservation in New Mexico to provide free veterinary clinics to the people and pets who reside there. Aspasia is a graduate of Millersville University and holds a B.A in Philosophy. She currently resides in Harrisburg City with her fiancée, Ross, and their beloved 4 feline companions and 2 Chihuahuas, all adopted from local shelters.

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Board of Directors:

Zachary Khuri – President
Beth Peiffer – Vice President
Kevin Kline – Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Lindsay Bixler – Secretary
Alessandra Highlander – Finance Co-Chair
Stacey Baum 
George Groves
Erin Kawa
Adam Santucci

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July 27 | Christmas in July Adopt-A-Thon

October 19 | Pittie Party

November 9 | Fur Ball Gala & Auction

December 7 | Holiday Adopt-A-Thon

Pet of the Week

Benaiah (Rooney)

Handsome, handsome, handsome. That's all anyone says about me. I'm Benaiah, named after a character in the bible who bravely killed a lion. But everyone here just calls me Benny! I was born in 2017 and was first at the shelter in the spring of 2018. My ears had just been (badly) cropped and they needed care, then my rear leg was severely injured and my owners neglected to get treatment soon enough. My friends at the shelter took me back in July 2018, but it was too late for my leg -- it had to be amputated. So I became a tripod dog! Of course it did not slow me down one bit. I was adopted in March of 2019 after HSHA won ownership of me in the cruelty case against my neglectful owner. I got a new name, Rooney...but I was returned in August 2019. My first two years of life have been difficult, and I'm really in need of a stable, permanent home. I'm very much a dog who lives in the present, and no tough past is going to hang on my shoulders. I'm looking for a special family who can give me the life I deserve after spending so many months recuperating in the shelter, only to be adopted and returned. I love to play fetch and I've even learned the command "drop it," which I'm very proud of, I know "sit" too, and I love to get rewarded with treats and affection. I've very strong, so no kids under 12 in my new home, please.


Hold me! I'm Chantey, a small black cat who was a stray. I love to be held, and if you could walk me over to a window and let me watch the birds, that would be perfect. I'm slightly fearful and still trying to figure everything out. My life on the streets may have been tough, and I'm not sure who to trust yet. However, I'm trying hard. I know black cats gets overlooked, so I'm hoping my huge golden eyes will make people stop and say "Wow, I need to adopt that black cat!"

Workplace Giving

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