The Ark Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW RULES WE HAVE SADLY HAD TO MAKE MORE CHANGES AT THE ARK:
WE HAVE SUSPENDED ADOPTION VIEWINGS FOR OUR CATS AND DOGS
ADMISSIONS WILL BE FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY DOG BOARDING BOOKINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
OUR APRIL & MAY OPEN DAYS ARE CANCELLED AND ALL OTHER FUNDRAISING EVENTS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
OUR AGM IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY DONATIONS OF ITEMS INCLUDING CAT & DOG FOOD AT PRESENT
OUR STAFF & A SMALL GROUP OF EXISTING VOLUNTEERS WILL CARRY ON CARING FOR OUR CATS AND DOGS OBSERVING OUR STRICT CONTROL OF INFECTION PROCEDURES WHILST ON SITE AND ACCESS TO THE BUILDING IS STRICTLY CONTROLLED.
IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT US PLEASE RING ON 01335 300494 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE AND WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU. PLEASE FOLLOW THE NEW GOVERNMENT RULES AND DO NOT ATTEND IN PERSON UNLESS YOU HAVE A PRE-ARRANGED EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SENT MESSAGES OF SUPPORT AND OFFERS OF HELP THIS REALLY IS APPRECIATED. WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL UPDATED IF THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENTS CHANGE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP. WE WILL CARRY ON DOING OUR BEST TO PROTECT OUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AS WELL AS PLAYING OUR PART IN TRYING TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN THE COMMUNITY.
OUR BEST WISHES AND KEEP SAFE TO ALL OUR LOYAL SUPPORTERS. PLEASE READ OUR NEXT ARTICLE ABOUT HOW WE ARE CARRYING ON AND KEEPING CALM!
Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support and enquired about how we are managing and if they can help care for our cats and dogs. Rest assured that our dedicated team are continuing to provide for all the needs of our current residents and they are safe, warm and well fed. We are fortunate that we have six acres of grounds including grass paddocks for our dogs. This means that they can enjoy their daily exercise on site, whilst our team can easily follow social distancing rules and keep safe. Our dogs and cats are blissfully unaware of these troubled times and you can see some of them enjoying themselves by visiting our Facebook page where we make regular postings.
In common with so many other organisations we have had to suspend all fund raising and boarding for the foreseeable future. Sadly this also means that we cannot have our usual monthly Open Days, a valuable source of income that we need to help us look after our cats and dogs. Thank you to everyone who has already offered to help and the best way you can do so at present if you are able to is by sending a donation via our website, which means you don't have to leave home. We know we will need to rebuild our finances when life returns to normal but in the meantime we are concentrating on keeping our staff, volunteers and of course our cats and dogs safe.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again when we are allowed to resume our Open Days and you can once again come along and meet our cats and dogs waiting for loving new homes.
In the meantime our best wishes to you all - please take care and stay safe.
We are very sorry to let you know that our lovelyTasha was peacefully put to sleep on February 8th 2020. As many of you will know she had been slowly going downhill over the last few weeks and a couple of days ago she deteriorated. The decision to let her go was a very difficult one to make as she was much loved by everyone here at The Ark. Maggie, one of our staff who had cared for her since she first came to The Ark in 2006, was with her and she died in her arms. Thank you to all of you who have sponsored Tasha and loved her over the years. Please click on the buttons below and in the next News item to see some lovely pictures of our girl.
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Meteor Centre, Derby Pets at Home store to be their partner charity for 2020. We have enjoyed a very good relationship with the store for several years benefiting from their support and from the generosity of their customers raising several thousands of pounds and also promoting awareness of our charity. We are looking forward to working with them again throughout this year. A big thank you from us all especially our cats and dogs.
Once again we were lucky enough to be nominated by the staff at the Meteor Centre Pets at Home store to be their partnered charity last year and also benefit from the Santa Paws Appeal in December. Jane, one of our Trustees, together with Gethyn, one of our volunteer dog walkers, as well as several other volunteers and ex Ark dogs, went into store throughout the year promoting our charity and helping the store staff raise funds, culminating in the Santa Paws Appeal which raised a wonderful £3753.10 for us. We also raised a further £680.52 donated by the generous customers shopping at the store. Support Adoption for Pets, who run the appeal via the Pets at Home Store, deserve a big thank you for their work in the animal welfare sector as well, of course, as the Meteor Centre store staff and customers, who not only gave to our collections but also helped raise funds for us via the Pets at Home VIP Scheme. We must also thank our four legged helpers...Ruby, Dennis, Izzy, Cally and Jed... they actually collect far more than their two legged owners
Many of you already know and love the work of artist Alex Clark, who along with her partner Erik runs Alex Clark Art, based in Co. Durham. Her talent as an artist and designer, and her sympathetic, quirky and unique depiction of dogs, cats, birds and farm animals, has led to her being recognised both nationally and internationally. Both Alex and Erik have long been supporters of our work, overprinting many of their Christmas cards with our charity details and donating a percentage of their sales to us. Their 2019 Christmas cards sales have raised a further £3000 for our charity, making their total donations to us over the years an amazing £46,000!!
We were delighted when, late last year, we received an unexpected and large donation from Professor Steve Peters who runs Chimp Management, an organisation supporting people to have a better quality of life by becoming happier, healthier and more confident. Well... a donation of £12,607 certainly made us feel all of those things! Professor Peters, a Consultant Psychiatrist, has written several books on recognising how the mind works and his book 'The Chimp Paradox' has sold over one million copies. We have benefited from its success, as this donation represents a share of royalties from the sales.
Oh come all ye faithful.....yes you did...and supported our Christmas Dinner Appeal, raising a wonderful £4241.36 to help us and, of course, to buy our Ark residents lots of treats and toys.......Reggie our office cat was very relieved the appeal went so well....in view of the large quantity of roast chicken he thinks he needs!
We have some news about Sponsor Dog Alaska, the Husky, who has just gone to try life in a foster home to see how he copes on a one to one basis with an owner and if it will help him become less wary of being touched by hands around his neck and head. We don't know why he is sometimes so distrustful of this, but can only assume something not very nice has happened to him in the past. Early reports are good...and we have discovered that he is a bit of a petrol head and loves riding in cars!