The testimonials below are as told from the point of view of our happy adoptees written from their warm and cozy new homes.

brae Hi! My name is Mandy. I am a yellow lab about 7 years old. On October 8, 2008 my life changed forever. You see, I was tied outside with no one to love me and was forced to endure the elements. I was brought to Helen O. Krause when my owners surrendered me and life has now become a whole new adventure! After my adoption I was provided with a lot of love and attention to transition into indoor living. I get to sleep on the couch and in bed which really makes my tail wag!! I became buddies with my older sister Shania who since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I really miss her. My new house includes 2 cats as well, Sour and Skittles. My activites include swimming, many daily walks and meeting new canine friends. I now have a new little sister, Marley. She too is a yellow lab. Marley loves to clean my ears and that is ok with me. My new names include ManDog, Mandy May and "you're my girl!"

Thanks to the Helen O. Krause Shelter, I was able to find my forever home. A big thanks to the volunteers that took care of me while I was there. I love my new family, indoor living and sleeping with my human companions. I will be forever grateful!!

Wags and Kisses,

Hi everybody!

My name is Roscoe and I have a happy ending story to share. Not long ago I was a sad dog wishing for a happy, forever home. I love everyone and just wanted someone to love me back. My friends at Helen Kraus Foundation never gave up on finding the perfect humans for me. It seemed like a long time but then, one day, it happened! The perfect humans just for me! It was love at first sight. They adopted me and now I have a big back yard to play in, a big sundeck to lounge on and I even have my very own room with a bed and a balcony that overlooks the backyard! I now have a forever home with humans that love me and tell me I am the perfect dog. I want to thank all my friends at Helen Kraus for making my dreams come true!! I love you all.....


braeHi! My name is Brae (aka Ranger.) I adopted Bob & Betsy on Oct. 18, 2008. I was nine months old at the time. I am a Treeing Walker Coonhound that was found as a stray. Now just shy of a year later, I am still very mischievous although I have had much training (I don’t’ always let them know much I really did learn ;)

Mom and Dad have had a couple of Happy Ending Stories due to HOKAFI. Cinder, aka Sparkles, a mixed breed, wrapped himself in Dad’s arms at the shelter in January of 1994. It was love at first site! Cinder passed peacefully in Dad’s arms in his back yard last year at 16 ½ years old. Caralina, a small Husky mix, came into their lives in March of 2000. She had been abused, abandoned and was sick. With the extraordinary support from HOKAFI, a bit of patience, training and care, she got to experience peace and love in her life. She also gained self confidence and grew to love Cinder.

I know my journey with Dad & Mom has just begun. There are squirrels & birds to chase, and creeks and hoses to play in! For a coonhound, I really do love that mud and water! Mom & Dad don’t mind. I get goods walks and lots of play, and sometimes chew up things I shouldn’t, but I just can’t help myself!

Thank you HOKAFI for rescuing me and setting me on a good path like Cinder and Caralina before me! Mom & Dad say they have been blessed by us and may God bless the volunteers of HOKAFI.

Love Mom & Dad’s “loving handful,” Brae.

Dear Friends,

Enclosed is a picture of Lokie my newest cat from the shelter, in his favorite place, my lap. He is so sweet and affectionate and I love him dearly.

I’ve had a few dental problems and I have had diabetes for a few years now but I still feel good, and I must be a good boy because my owners are always telling me that I’m a really good cat.

I’ve included a few pictures of myself and my impressive physique.


To the “Kennel Kids”,

Just wanted to let you know that I am doing great in my new home and have been very busy. I’ve been going to lots of cool places, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Laurel and Fuller Lakes and of course the best places to visit, Petsmart and Petco! I have also been taking some obedience classes at the Obedience Training Center in Mechanicsburg. I even got to see Brae (aka Ranger) as he was taking a class before mine so we got to give each other a “Hey!” on a few evenings.

As you can see I am enjoying my new life. I have a great big fenced in back yard and get to go on walks every day. Dad says I’m spoiled but Mom says I’m not. Miss you all!

Love, Shiloh

Dear Helen Krause Volunteers,

I thought I’d take a minute to write and let you know that I adopted the most beautiful, loving, healthy boy from your shelter. The volunteers named him “Sidney”, but as I was searching form names, I came across”oliver”, which means peace/olive branch. After losing my most precious treasure, Romeo, I needed an olive branch and ther he was – at your shelter. I truly believe Romeo is the one who chose Oliver for me.

Oliver wants to report:
“I’m writing to you to let you know how I was adopted by the most wonderful Mommy in the world! This woman is so neat! It was love at first sight for both of us. When she picked me up from HOKAFI she took me to meet my new veterinarian Dr. Hann, at the Silver Springs Animal Clinic. He checked me out to be sure I was healthy and ready to meet my new sister, Daisy Mae. He was very nice to me and even HE gave me kisses too…and he said I was “very handsome”!

We then went home and I met my new sister Daisy Mae. She kept hissing at me the first few days but now we are friends and have decided not to tell Mommy EVERYTHING we do when she is at work. I just love all the running room, the kitty beds, the treats and most of all snuggling with Mommy at night.

I know you must miss me, and I miss you – especially for taking such great care of me until Mommu Came along. Mommy keeps telling her friends how nice the shelter is and how the volunteers took very good care of me.

Your Guy,