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THANKS FOR 2014
Many thanks to our supporters, our staff and our fabulous volunteers for 2014. We really could not do what we do without this help. The dollars buy what we need to buy and the hours donated give us time which we cannot buy or fabricate.
At last count, we had 122 cats and 10 dogs under our care. We care for these animals until they find a home or nothing more can be done for them. We have cats with cancer, diabetes, old injuries, FIV (feline aids) and FeLV (feline leukemia). We've helped dogs with back issues (suspected stroke in a two-year-old dog), tumors, digestive problems and with trust issues.
Our biggest sorrow is that we cannot help them all, we can't force some people to realize that the animal they've abandoned or abused depended on them and is a living creature that feels pain and sorrow, and that some of our animals will live with us their entire lives. Yet, we hold onto they are safe, warm and fed. The volunteers give them as much love as possible and were we not here, these animals would likely have suffered.
Thank you for helping make that possible. May your 2015 be filled with contentment and love. - Mary B., HOKAFI Board President
Adopt - Adopt - Adopt
We have many kittens, cats and dogs that would love to have a furever home. Our adoption hours are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m (but please plan to arrive no later than 2 p.m. as it takes time to meet our animals and if you wish to fill out an adoption form, that takes a few minutes). The adoption will take at least one week as our volunteers do call references and a home visit.
Donate with iGive
When you shop online, consider using igive.com. Selecting Helen O Krause Animal Foundation Inc. generates a donation to us based on your purchases. You pay the price you would have paid (check out igive's discount offers each time) and we benefit!
Our Mission and Our Capacity
Our Mission is to assist abused, abandoned and stray animals. Many times we are approached by people who would like to bring a pet to us. We really hate to say no, however, we have found that a cat used to a home has a hard time adjusting to living in a cat colony - our animals are not kept in cages (except to introduce them to a room/protect them after surgery or some similar reason). It is so hard for the pet to understand the change from "only" or one of two/a few to having 10 or more roommates.
We do try to keep up with other area rescues and refer to them for pet placements or specific breeds and there are links on our website to Spay/Neuter programs. We encourage Trap Neuter Release - feral cat colonies can expand rapidly without a program such as this.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a Special Companion (one that loves unconditionally), please come by during our Saturday Open Hours. We have wonderful volunteers who can assist you in determining who among our numerous "guests", might be a good fit in your home.