Alyssa Ginez, Behavior Team Leader
The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) aims “to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education, and collaboration.” This nonprofit organization relies on donations to fund adoption, foster care, volunteer, education, behavioral support, and other endeavors. HSHA works with—and for—a variety of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, reptiles, barnyard animals, and others, and sponsors programs such as Mature Pets for Mature People where senior citizens can adopt a companion animal free of charge.
Alyssa Ginez joined HSHA in 2012, starting as an animal caretaker on the kennel team. Interested in learning about behavior, she trained under and shadowed behavioral team members. After attending seminars to develop her animal-handling skills, animal-psychology knowledge, and temperament-testing ability, Alyssa joined the Behavior Team. She was most recently promoted to her current position as Team Leader.
As the Team Leader, Alyssa temperament tests the canine population to understand each animal’s needs and best potential home environment. She leads ongoing behavior training to make each adoptable dog more attractive to potential adopters, including lessons focused on leash-walking, socialization, and basic commands. Alyssa forms playgroups and brainstorms enrichment ideas for HSHA’s animal residents. Her goal is to make the animals’ stay as stress-free and fun as possible.
Alyssa and HSHA welcome the KPA Zoe Scholarship, acknowledging the clear benefit it will have on the HSHA animals and community. What Alyssa will learn from the Shelter Training & Enrichment course will help her assist the owners of previously adopted dogs settling in their new homes. She also looks forward to passing on her new skills and knowledge to other staff members who can help her help the animals! “We are thrilled to expand our knowledge and training given the amazing opportunity of the Zoe Scholarship!