Latest News
Snowdon conquered!!
Date
3rd Nov 2018

Volunteer Becca completed her sponsored climb up Snowdon, despite encountering all sorts of weather!! So far she has raised an amazing £664 ...... and you still have a couple of weeks to add to that if you would like to!  You can donate by using the Donate button on this website (please put Snowdon Walk in the Your Message box). Thank you to everybody who supported Becca and helped to raise so much for our cats and dogs. 


Christmas Dinner Appeal
Date
22nd Oct 2018

We have started our annual Christmas Dinner Appeal and our cats and dogs will be very pleased if you are able to support this by asking family and friends to fill in the dishes to help buy them extra treats at Christmas. You can download a form by clicking on the button below, collect one at one of our events or contact The Ark on 01335 300494. Thank you for supporting us.


Christmas Cards & Ark 2019 Calendar on sale now: see News page
Date
20th Sep 2018

This year we once again have an excellent and varied range of Christmas cards, whilst The Ark Calendar (this year kindly sponsored by Kennelbuild) makes a nice gift at only £5  and has stunning photographs of some of our ex-residents. The generosity of our sponsors McMurtry and Harding, Bakewell Pet Supplies, Bowmer Bond, Roston Castings, Second Chance Dress Agency, Kennelbuild, Leawood Tech, Hornbeam Associates, Chic Accessories, Incube Ltd, Peak Waste and Roobarb the cat means that most of the cost of the cards is covered, so we make more money for our cats and dogs! We are also delighted to say that Alex Clark Art have once again overprinted their Christmas cards with our charity details and are donating a percentage of their sales to us.  Please click on the button below to download an order form. 


Sad News
Date
5th Jul 2018

It is with great sadness that we are writing to tell you that we have said goodbye to Fabulous Fruitie, our beloved office cat.  We made sure she did the things she liked to do on her last day, with the people she knew and loved, then she was put to sleep whilst being cuddled in Wanda's arms.  Taking that decision was incredibly hard even though we know it was time and the kindest thing for her.  Our hearts are broken now we no longer have this very special little black cat for company in the office.  She is buried at The Ark in Luke's Garden alongside dear Mr Riffers, who also worked as our Office cat some years before.      



Fruitie shared our office for almost three years and became very skilled at supervising our work, but her greatest and most important contribution was her comforting presence.  She was always guaranteed to cheer us up whatever else might be happening and would sit alongside us purring encouragement and was always ready for a cuddle when the going got tough.  She was incredibly loving and gentle and also a very brave little soul, coping with all her health problems without complaint.  She found a way into the heart of everyone who met her and even converted dyed in the wool dog lovers into lovers of little black cats! We firmly believe she was very  happy here and we were certainly happy to have her share our life.                               



Our office at The Ark will never be the same without her and it will take us a long time to recover and she will always be greatly missed, but never forgotten.


Grand Raffle 2018
Date
30th Jun 2018

Yiphee.....we're delighted to say that we have raised £3686 from this year's raffle as well as receiving an extra £1502 in donations!  This is our best ever result so a big thank you to all our supporters who bought or sold raffle tickets for us and to all those individuals and businesses who generously donated the prizes.


WE'VE WON!!!!
Date
30th Jun 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the recent Pets at Home VIP Love to Give Campaign - thanks to you we not only were a winner but the First Prize winner for our area!  This means that we will receive £5000 to spend helping us with our rescue and rehoming work but also a further £2500 worth of VIP Lifelines vouchers to spend in our local Pets at Home Store on food and goodies for our cats and dogs.  We are partnered with the Derby Meteor Centre Pets at Home store  and as always they have fully supported us helping us to get votes and become a winner. 


Great News!
Date
3rd May 2018

We have been awarded two grants from the Mars Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures Fund and were presented with our cheques at the annual Association of Cats and Dogs Homes Conference.  We have £500 to purchase three Feline Forts for use in our outdoor cat gardens.  Most cats enjoy a break from their pen and relax more in the garden environment and the forts allow them to feel safe and secure.  Our elderly cats can also enjoy time in the gardens as the Forts enable them to still easily climb high - something  cats like to do.  Happier, more relaxed cats are easier to rehome as they behave more confidently with potential adopters.



Our second grant is for £5000 towards improvements we will be making to our outdoor compounds.  We need to increase the height of the fencing in compound 2 as well as having a solid section of fence to reduce the visual contact between  dogs being exercised or trained inside the compound and dogs being walked past outside.  This will provide a safer, calmer environment  to aid training and behavioural work and off lead training can be safely carried out.  We would also like to provide more benches in our compounds for dogs and handlers to enjoy 'cuddle' times and a quiet time together.  The benches will be recycled plastic requiring no maintenance.  We also want to buy further dog agility equipment for our residents to enjoy.



So a big thank you to Pedigree and Whiskas for once again supporting our charity and the work we do with our cats and dogs.


Thank You to Alex & Eric
Date
6th Mar 2018

Many of our supporters know of the support and encouragement we receive from Alex and Erik of Alex Clark Art based in County Durham and are admirers of Alex's art.  They enjoy buying items of stock from our shop designed by Alex and, of course, her Christmas cards.  We are delighted and so grateful to  receive from Alex and Erik a wonderful donation of £4000 raised from  a percentage of the sales of their Christmas cards worldwide as well as a personal contribution.  We are proud to be associated with Alex Clark Art and to stock their range of goods in our shop and, when a customer buys an item, we love telling them that Alex and Erik are big supporters of our work, not only making very generous donations to our charity but that they are our friends.


Maggie's Garden
Date
18th Nov 2017

The cat gardens at The Ark have always been very popular with our residents and are a feature we are really proud of, so we have always been pleased that we decided to build them. It started with the creation of Roger's Room and Garden, then came the Garden Room Cattery, followed by two small individual cat gardens. These two then became four and this summer became five, as we have used some money left to us in a legacy from Maggie, one of our supporters, who was a big cat lover, to create a new garden in her memory. As you can see, Kako, one of our residents, is already putting 'Maggie's Garden' to good use!

Sponsored Walk
Date
18th Nov 2017

We thought you would like to see Sponsor dogs Cassie and Skye enjoying a day out on the Sponsored Walk held at Ilam Country Park.