Pawsitively Purrfect

Aloha! My name is Kacie Lam and I am a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I am currently pursuing a Communications degree with a focus in Community Relations. I have never gone a day in my life without having a pet, and now I get to intern at a place that makes me take a break to hangout with animals every day that I come in…it’s a dream! Dogs have always been a huge love in my life, but interning here has made me realize my love for all different kinds of animals.

It has only been a couple of weeks since the start of my internship at the Hawaiian Humane Society but I already feel like part of the team! All of the events and tasks that go on in the office keep me on my toes and I can already tell I’m going to learn a lot. Everyone in the CR office really makes you understand what it means to love the work you do. No two days are the same at the Hawaiian Humane Society. There are always new challenges to be faced, new lessons to be learned, and new animals to hangout with and love. I’m excited for this journey to continue throughout the semester, and I’m excited to meet all of the people and animals here at Hawaiian Humane.

Barking with Excitement!

melia-headshotHey everyone! My name is Melia Koh and I am extremely excited to begin my internship with the Education Department. I was born and raised here in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am currently a marketing major at Kapiolani Community College and in my last semester before graduation in May! I’m thankful for the opportunity to intern with the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Education Department and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this semester.

I didn’t have my own pets growing up, but have always had family members who have had dogs. Now, I have my own dog named Haupia, who will be five years old this April! I’ve had him since he was a puppy, but I know I do want to get more dogs in the future. As for right now, I’m lucky that I am able to spend time with all the amazing animals here at the Society.

I have only been here for three days and I can already see how busy the Education department is and I am excited to get started. I had my first opportunity today to shadow our youth programs coordinator on an educational presentation to third graders. This allowed me to see how the Society is able to reach out to the community and make a difference in not only the lives of animals, but people as well.

I am hoping to help the Education Department reach out to more youth through events and social media. By doing this, Hawaii’s youth will be better acquainted with the services and classes that the Society offers and become responsible pet owners. I am eager to get started with the projects and tasks that I have been given this semester, to not only improve my skills and learn on the job, but also to help the Hawaiian Humane Society with their mission.

Such a pawsitive experience!

I guess as they say, all good things must come to an end. The last 5 months have been quite a journey, but it went by in a flash! When I began working with Marielle and the Community Relations team I knew I’d be gaining experience in multiple aspects of the nonprofit spectrum, but it was more than I could have imagined!

My success throughout my internship is completely thanks to Marielle! She is truly a superwoman at what she does. It may seem like such a small thing, but a big thing I will take away is the importance of making volunteers feel appreciated; even if it is just by knowing their name. She works with about 600 volunteers and I could bet she could recognize majority of these people even by their voice! I am so thankful for everything Marielle has taught me and will continue to utilize these tools she has given me.


I don’t think I can pinpoint what my biggest accomplishment was throughout my experience, because I believe there were so many. I was able to shadow in a pet visitation and witness the happiness the volunteers and joy ambassadors bring to the patients. I also helped to organize volunteers for PetWalk and participated in the registration tent. When the Waianae rescue took place, I worked hands-on with the rescue dogs and helped manage the volunteer center. Throughout my time at the Hawaiian Humane Society, my favorite part of everyday has been seeing the animals and smothering them with love!

As my time in Hawaii comes to a close and I venture onto my next journey, I will take so many things that I’ve learned to the next chapter of my life. I now understand the impact volunteers make on a nonprofits success, the mass amount of work that happens behind the scenes and the reason behind it all – promoting the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. Thank you again Marielle and everyone at the Humane Society; I appreciate you more than you know!

The Purrfect End


I cannot believe that my internship at the Hawaiian Humane Society is almost over! The past four months have gone by in the blink of an eye, but the experiences that I have had are endless. It has helped me grow as a person and increase my communication skills, creativity, and planning abilities. Jesslin and Shayna have been amazing supervisors and I have been able to learn a lot from each of them.

One of my biggest accomplishments was hosting the Hawaiian Humane Society’s booth at Children and Youth Day. I had never been to an event that big let alone participated in one. Although it was a bit overwhelming at times I am thrilled with how it turned out. We had a constant line at our booth and we were able to educate over five hundred youth!

I am truly grateful for all the people that I have met from the Hawaiian Humane Society and what they do in our community. It has really turned into a home away from home especially since I am not able to have a pet of my own currently. It is very rewarding to give some love to the various animals that come through the Hawaiian Humane Society.



To open up with a joke:

What did the cat say when she made a mistake?

It’s okay! Nobody’s purr-fect!

Hello! My name is Noah Jung, and I’m the newest addition to the Hawaiian Humane Society! I will be working with Jesslin and Shayna as an Education Intern, and although I’m not purr-fect, I’m willing to work as best as I can to help animals and advocate for their rights.

I am currently a freshman at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My dream is to be an advocacy journalist, which draws back to why I want to work with the Hawaiian Humane Society: to help fight for the traumatized and abused. As someone who is a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know what it feels like to encounter violence because of my identity. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to learn more about animal welfare, and will do my part in campaigning for their voices to be heard.  Already, thanks to a recent adoption event I got to help out with, I got to be a part of a positive change! It was honestly one of the most empowering experiences in my life, to witness justice in such a tangible, direct form.

I can’t wait to join in many more events throughout my run as an intern, and hopefully, I’ll be able to come up with many more feline jokes along the way! Until then – have a meowvelous day!


Hit the Ground Running

MichelleHi everyone! My name is Michelle Gorman, I couldn’t be more pleased with where I have been placed for my Internship and am looking forward to all that the Hawaiian Humane Society has to offer. I am interning in their Humane Education department. I am from a small town in the San Francisco Bay area called Alameda but am currently calling Honolulu my home. I am in my senior year of college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and will be completing my Bachelor’s degree in Family Resources. If everything goes as planned, I will officially be done in December 2016.

I’ve always had at least one animal my whole life so being in Hawaii in a no pet apartment is a bit hard. I am constantly missing my dog back on the mainland but it is nice to be able to get my animal fix here and give some love to the animals.

It has only been a week since I started my internship and things are already off to a quick start. My highlight of the first week was being able to help out with an adoption event that the Hawaiian Humane Society hosted. It was a great experience and almost all of the dogs that were brought to the adoption event found new loving homes, which is always a satisfying experience!

I am excited for all the other opportunities that are going to be available to me during this semester and increasing my knowledge and growth here at the Hawaiian Humane Society.

I’m pawsitively excited to be here!

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Aloha! My name is Heather Baker. I am currently finishing my Masters in Human Services at Bellevue University. I have a passion for helping others, which is why I pursued an internship at the Hawaiian Humane Society. I am very excited to begin this journey in working with Marielle and the Community Relations team. 
I grew up in Nebraska surrounded by anything from bunnies and dogs, to turkeys and deer. I was instilled at a young age to advocate for animals and be a voice for those who may not have one. My own fur baby, Herbie, was an additional motivation for me to pursue helping the organization in any way that I could. Every animal deserves a loving home and I couldn’t imagine my life without Herbie! 


I look forward to gaining the hands-on experience to help me succeed in the future. I hope to build on the tools I have gained throughout my education and apply them here throughout my internship!