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Helen o krause animal foundation

P.o. box 311
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-697-3377
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User Reviews (20)

  • 1. Horrible staff attitude

    by: killthebananas

    I have never been there so I can't speak for the grounds. I'm sure they do a lot of really good things for a lot of desperate animals. But in my experience the staff was extremely rude and not helpful in the least. Recently for reasons I won't go into I've been trying to find a new home for my cat. I've never had to find a new home for any of my pets so needless to say I have no experience and have no idea how to go about ensuring that the new home is going to be safe and loving, etc. So I emailed a few shelters and foundations seeking assistance. Of all the places I emailed and of all the responses I got, the response from HOKAFI was by far the most disrespectful, least helpful, and poorly worded email I received. They called my cat "unadoptable damaged goods" (I'm assuming they said this because she doesn't get along with other pets or children) and referred to the adoption process as "discarding." I use the word discard when I talk about garbage, and my pets are certainly not comparable to garbage in any respect. Then told me to take her to the humane society but then went on to say that "with the history I have made with her (whatever that means), she will be euthanized right away." Regardless of the fact that I need to find my pet a new home, I love her like a member of my family and I found it inexcusable to talk about someones pet this way. I personally wouldn't want to adopt from a place that talks this way about animals or advises people to take their animals somewhere to be killed instead of helping out or at least lending some better advice on screening for a safe and loving new family. Maybe I just got a bad volunteer on the wrong day. Whatever it was, what they say about first impressions is true, and she or he put me off of the foundation forever.

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    awful attitude among staff, not very helpful

  • 2. beautiful building

    by: ktsmom

    I've supported this shelter for years-in fact I have a cat from there. Many years ago I stopped going there due to a conflict among the staff. I've heard it was resolved and I hope so because it's a super place. My family has 2 bricks on their walkway[fundraiser for the new building]. I still contribute and hope to volunteer there after I retire. Helen was such a kind person and would be happy to know her work continues.

    Pros

    Great no-kill facility

    Cons

    none at moment

  • 3. Good and bad

    by: stephwoo

    I was a volunteer in the dog kennel part for several years about 10 years ago. I was all into the no kill idea. Until I saw how it wears on dogs who are not adoptable to be in a concrete cage their whole life. We had some vicious fighting dogs and we weren't able to adopt them out and they didn't want to put them down either. I fell in love with a pit bull Baxter. When it was just him and I in the running cage, he was a baby, loved his chest rubbed, played with toys. BUT, you even get him near another animal, look out! So we could not let him into a house with children or other animals and basically you could never walk him in a neighborhood where you may run into another animal. As sweet as he was, he was breed as a fighter and that is what he knows. I think "no kill" is a great idea but its just not as humane as I used to believe :-(

    Pros

    The animals are very well taken care of

    Cons

    The staff is VERY picky as to whom they adopt to

  • 4. Wonderful Shelter

    by: Squoggy

    I've donated to them before because they deserve it. Its a great shelter and I know people who have adopted special needs animals from there. Its definitely worth looking at if your looking to help an animal out.

    Pros

    Wonderful Shelter

    Cons

    none

  • 5. This shelter deserves everyone's support!

    by: TiggerRoo

    I am familiar with one of the board members. If her level of enthusiasm is a sample of the driving forces of the shelter. The good can only get better!\r\n\r\nMy visit to the shelter provided me with a new insight into the work that is done there. From the "personal touch" provided to the animals to the medical care received, every effort is made to keep all animals happy and contented.

    Pros

    No kill shelter; constantly makes an effort to provide the best service to animals

    Cons

    There is only one of them; they should think about new sites!

  • 6. Hearts are in the right place

    by: jaytee

    Premier no-kill shelter in Hbg. area.

    Pros

    Concerned volunteers

    Cons

    none

  • 7. Heaven on earth

    by: BrentOxenford

    I feel it would be a slap in the face for this organization for someone like me to even try to rate them. This organization is dedicated to saving anmimal lives regaurdless of thier circumstances and allowing them to live free (this is a no kill shelter) no matter what thier situation. "Well done Helen Krause".

    Pros

    Recently remodeled, most current amenities

    Cons

    none

  • 8. Big on Cats

    by: horseperson

    This organization has been around for a long time! I did get one of my dogs here 11 years ago. They have many more cats waiting for their new homes! They come in all sizes and colors!! They are always ready to welcome new volunteers to help with the care and feeding.

    Pros

    Lots and lots of Cats

    Cons

    They could use a larger dog kennel area

  • 9. not happy with this shelter at all

    by: Nakima

    i went to this shelter to adopt a special needs kitty after my beloved sneakers passed. i filled out all their required paper work and gave references. they called me 3 days later saying that there was a "problem" with my app and that i couldnt get this kitty. now, i have had animals all my life, my animals have always gotten any and all vet attention that was necessary, including years of insulin shots with one of my kittys, i have raised 4 litters of puppies in my home, helping the mothers with birthing, and having all the pups to a vet for 1st shots and worming before placing in new loving homes, i have personally rescued and hand raised 4 kittens (one of them being my bobbi on my profile page) that were not being taken care of by their mother (bobbi was found in the middle of the road, dieing) they all had an upper respiratory and conjuctivitis, which I took to the vet and got the meds, administered the meds myself and bottled raised until they could eat regular food. then placing them (except my bobbi) in good loving homes. so now i have to ask, is this a petting zoo that is just looking for donations to help keep the animals or do they really want to place these pets with loving, caring people that WILL take care of them forever??

    Pros

    helen had a good heart and good things in mind

    Cons

    helen passed and the people running this place are not good at what they are trying to do

  • 10. helen krause

    by: cathigreen

    very heartwarming place. they do a nice job adopting pets

    Pros

    they love their pets

    Cons

    too small

  • 11. Great Place

    by: dkmilligan

    I used to volunteer there many years ago working in a cat area where the cats were unadoptable. We grew to love our hours spent there and became friends with the many residents. I admire the people who are now in charge of keeping Mrs. Krouse's dream alive.

    Pros

    Dedication to animals

    Cons

    Can't think of one

  • 12. 30 years ago!

    by: Chewbacca

    When I was 17, I met Helen Krause. She was still in her home on 17th (or was it 15th) street in Camp Hill. Her home was full of animals. I hand fed baby birds (ground worms) and took care of baby squirrels and then spent the rest of the day doing feedings and waterings and cleaning litter boxes. I made it my business to get food donations and such when ever I could. She had the kindest heart. We lost touch and my life went on.\n\nWhen my son was 8, we lived in Dillsburg and we started going out to visit. We wanted to volunteer, us together, but because of his age and liabilities, we were unable to help. And I needed something for us to do together (busy schedule and all). We were able to do donations every so often. We always sang her praises and sent people out to her to help and/or adopt.\n\nKeep up the good work.....\n In memory of Helen\n V-

    Pros

    doing all the right things

    Cons

    not as well known

  • 13. Very nice Cozy shelter for the cats

    by: kspressley

    This is a very nice shelter. Some cats have a very "home-like" environment. The main building used to be a house, and the cats have free run of a room with climbing trees, scratching posts, toys and windows. There is a room for FeLv and FIV postitive cats, a room for kittens, and other rooms. Other cats have a roomy outbuilding with beds, shelves to climb on, and outdoor access to live in. A volunteer took me there several times and I had the pleasure of meeting Boyd. A very cute, very special blind Maine Coon -- and Maine Coons are my soft spot ! Although I never met her, from what I've heard from many people Helen was a wonderful person who loved animals more than anything else in this world. This is a very nice shelter, I just wish they had more room during kitten season.

    Pros

    Very nice environment for the cats

    Cons

    Short on volunteers and room

  • 14. Eh..

    by: shutupnkiissmex

    Maybe it was just a bad day or something, but when I tried to schedule an appointment to meet a cat, the person I spoke with was very uncooporative. That may be just my experience..

    Pros

    knowledgeable

    Cons

    lack people skills

  • 15. Helen was a saint

    by: Anubiscat9

    Although I may be biased to this organization, since I was a volunteer for 10 years and used to visit Helen weekly in the first years I was there, I think I can give an honest opinion of the shelter. The cats and dogs here are well taken care of and overall the organization is well run. The shelter has numerous volunteers who get to know the animals' personalities and are very helpful in matching compatable residents with visitors searching for a companion. Longtime resident cats have the luxury of outside enclosed kitty porches, so that they can safely enjoy the outdoors, and canine residents get taken out to the outside enclosed porches & enclosures, playyards, and for a walk, daily. Besides the small everyday problems that most organizations have, the main problem is a need for more volunteers. With so many animals, the more volunteers, the more contented the animals will be and the less overwhelmed the volunteers will be, making for a more pleasant environment. One of my cats on my profile came from this shelter, Nutmeg, formerly Luna. She was previously adoped from the shelter, but was brought back for being too noisy. She likes to talk, and I like to listen. In 10 years with her, I never get sick of her chattyness, or her big feet (she is a polydactyl, and has some extra toes). Being a no kill shelter, with only so much room, at times they end up having to turn people away from bringing animals into the shelter. This is a frustrating situation, but it is a necessary evil of having a no kill shelter. If you're looking for a companion, this is a good shelter to search for that friend you've been looking for. And your adoption opens up a space for some other poor soul in need. If you have some spare time, talking care of the residents is very fulfilling, and the cats and dogs would love to give you some lovin'.

    Pros

    nice environment for residents, caring volunteers

    Cons

    not enough volunteers,

  • 16. Overcrowded??

    by: MegShoeman

    I once found a kitten with a bad eye and called Helen Krause but the rep said they were too crowded and couldn't take one more cat. As it turned out we had the cat's eye removed by our own vet at the time and nearly five years later he still hangs around. We tried to take him in but he was enraged to be inside. If Helen Krause could have taken this cat there would be one less "outdoor cat." Note: Our vet DID neuter him but I hate to think of him out in the cold..but again he pretty much refuses to be captured and contained. Is this freedom? I don't know but given HK's inability to help at the time we were a bit hardpressed. In any case I've heard form others that HK has always done a great service through their work with cats. Ah, well.

    Pros

    They Help Animals

    Cons

    Size

  • 17. Nice place

    by: Ams601

    This is a nice place for a home for stray cats & dogs. Volunteers feed the animals and take care of them and they either adopt them out or keep them there. They take very good care of the animals.

    Pros

    Nice home for animals

    Cons

    Out of the Way

  • 18. Helen Krause, worth your support

    by: patbow

    I adopted a cat from here quite a few years ago. they are a good organization.

    Pros

    friendly staff

    Cons

    n/a

  • 19. Great shelter

    by: katums

    I volunteered in the cat rooms at Helen Krause as a service project during high school and even though it was years ago, I still remember the shelter fondly. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was actually calm and quiet- something that is unusual in a shelter! I like the fact that they let their cats roam free in large rooms with lots of cat trees- I still would like to know their secrets of successfully integrating so many different cat personalities! I also adopted my cat Toby from the shelter and he is the love of my life. Overall, great place!

    Pros

    great staff, nice rooms for the animals

    Cons

    none

  • 20. Excellent partner

    by: mmarino

    This organization has proved to be an wonderful partner for my shelter. They take dogs from our shelter when we are over crowded. They are dedicated and devoted to their animals. It's a great place to adopt as well.

    Pros

    very caring group

    Cons

    none