The Ark Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Great News ... Alfie has recently gone off to a foster home ..... probably the only positive thing to come out of the current crisis as his fosterer is able to have him as she is working from home and will have plenty of time to devote to Alfie. Early reports are very good and he seems confident in his new surroundings and isn't showing his usual anxiety about everything. Our animal behaviourist is supporting his foster carer (telephone consultations only, of course!) and it is cheering to know that Alfie at last seems to be enjoying life. His fosterer says "He's so calm at home now, he enjoys being brushed and is getting better with the cats!"
A few weeks ago Alaska the Husky went off to try life in a foster home to see how he would cope on a one to one basis with an owner and if it would help him to be less wary of being touched by hands around his neck and head. We don't know why he is so distrustful of this, but can only assume something not very nice happened to him in the past. The first thing his foster carer discovered is that Alaska is a bit of a petrol head as he loves riding in cars! He continues to make progess and seems to be more relaxed about life. His fosterer says he is very loveable and he will now be staying with her for a while longer until the current crisis is over.
We are pleased to say that Jack, who came to us as a stray in poor condition and was not the most handsome chap in the cattery, as his sore eyes and rather dingy off white coat didn't do him any favours, has finally found a lovely new home. His owners say "he is very affectionate, loves company and they adore him" ...what a happy ending for a once very sad stray.
We recently rehomed a pair of Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs. These unfortunate pups had both been born completely deaf and with almost no vision. Iggy had very little sight in one eye and was blind in the other, as well as completely deaf, but as this was all he had ever known he coped very well, proving to be a cheeky little chap and a bit of a comic. He loved cuddles and was a typical bouncy bulldog puppy. Percy, as well as being deaf, could only distinguish light and dark and was less sure of himself. We were delighted when we quickly found each one a home where they would get both the love and supervision they needed. Percy's new owners report that he is navigating the house confidently and loves going for walks. They say 'he has brought such joy to our family'. The owner of Iggy (now called Pig) tells us he is a great personality and good at communicating ...he headbutts them to tell them when he wants something! He sleeps on the bed and snores all night!
Sam is an example of a cat coming into our care in a very neglected state. He had been living rough for a long time and was very thin and run down when he arrived at The Ark. For some time he was a poorly boy but gradually improved on a good diet and with lots of TLC. He also suffered with painful eyes as he had ingrowing eyelashes. This condition needed corrective surgery and unfortunately for Sam it didn't work the first time so he had to go back and have a second operation. Whilst his eyes were healing he had to wear a large collar to stop him scratching his stitches and Sam thought this was rather undignified. It certainly got in the way when he was strolling round the cattery as he didn't always allow enough room to fit through gaps and would get his head jammed!! Sam eventually made a good recovery and has just gone off to a lovely new home. He was a cat who always loved his food and his new owners report that he now tries to con them into feeding him twice each meal time!
Over the last few weeks we have taken in several racing Greyhounds from a local Racing Kennels, as they were being retired from racing. Hence the arrival of Comet, Toupee, Gloria, Gary, Gwen, Gavin, Barry, Brenda, Cyril and Neil. All proved to be friendly, laid back dogs, good to walk and certainly not energetic, despite their breed! In fact, they all seemed to much prefer lounging around in bed to running about, although they did quite enjoy a quick gallop in the compounds... but then felt they needed a lie down! We were delighted that we quickly rehomed Brenda, Neil (see second picture) Barry, Comet and Toupee.
Toupee has already made herself at home (see first picture) and we recently received this letter:
Hi, Just a little note to let you know that Toupee has settled very well in her new home. She is now called Bluebell and knows her name. She is enjoying lots of walks to new places and lots of sleeping in between. The house training has been a breeze and she has quickly got used to the novelties in the house, like the TV and the patio doors. Her lovely temperament means she’s been taking everything in her stride and people love her everywhere she goes!
One cat who we are pleased to see the back of....if we may put it like that..is big ginger Henry....we say this because we were in despair of ever finding him a new home! He had a lot of 'cattitude', so much so that he bit a couple of prospective adopters who needless to say decided not to take him home! However, he is now happy and relaxed in a new home and we are told "he is a joy to have in the family"!
I adopted 8 year old Zeus a year ago and since then he's had plenty of adventures: A holiday in Rhyl when he swam into the Irish Sea after gulls...a toe removed from his right front paw in May... holidays to Cornwall (more fun on the beach) and the Norfolk Broads (where he seemed disappointed with the lack of trees and squirrels)...and recently he has entered into a new "puppyhood" and enjoys chasing his tennis ball. Zeusy is an absolute joy and I hope his previous owner will be pleased to know he is having a great time and is well loved.
Kevin, a very handsome black and white cat was a regular visitor to The Ark, particularly when we started to feed him! Investigations to find an owner came to nought so we took Kevin in (nicknaming him..Kevin...Man of Mystery!). He certainly took to a life with more comforts enjoying lounging around in the Garden Room Cattery. However he wasn't quite so thrilled when he was whisked off to the vet coming back no longer a macho male! He was offered a home sharing with dogs, ducks and hens and with a large garden and woods nearby. We were a little concerned that he would stay put after being a gentleman of the road for so long....we needn't have worried....as you can see he soon made himself at home! He and ex rescue dogs Zack and Alfie are now the best of friends, although we suspect Kevin is in charge!
Kia a young Husky X surprised us last year by presenting us with puppy Una. She was a very short, stocky puppy but has transformed into a leggy beauty with Labrador looks (see pictures). and is very different to how we imagined. Una is doing well and her owners are continuing her training.