The Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Inc. (HOKAFI) is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats located in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The shelter is run primarily by a dedicated corps of volunteers and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation depends entirely on the private sector for funding through donations, membership dues, grants and fundraising activities.

The shelter, founded by the late Helen Opperman Krause, now sits on approximately two acres of landscaped grounds in a rural community and consists of a state-of-the-art main cat shelter built in 1999, a recently remodeled cat shelter annex and a dog kennel. At any given time, this complex is home to as many as 140 cats and kittens and 10 dogs.

In addition to providing refuge to homeless dogs and cats, we:

  • Adopt companion animals, both dogs and cats, into permanent homes in the community
  • Provide information on low cost spay/neuter services
  • Participate in community service volunteer programs

In her book, "No More Pets", Helen recalls the poet Horace's admonishment: "Abridge your hopes in proportion to the shortness of the span of human life...'I plan this year to make the best of whatever comes along, and find happiness'." she reflects. "Each day is a precious gift ... I will be content and happy in my own little world, the hills ... the woodlands close at hand, the trees overhead, the birds, a whole glorious universe all about me." Helen has profoundly enriched that universe by sharing herself and her lessons from life with us. And through her example, and the Foundation she inspired, she has left an enduring legacy to the generations to come.