Latest News
Tasha - Very Sad News
9th Feb 2020

We are very sorry to let you know that our lovelyTasha was peacefully put to sleep yesterday.  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.

Tasha - Very Sad News contd.
8th Feb 2020

Please click on the button below for more pictures.

Celebration of Animals Service
16th Dec 2019

Our annual Celebration of Animals service on 8th December at St. Oswald's church in Ashbourne was once again a great success, with lots of people coming along to join in. The dogs were all in good voice and a great "help" during the singing!! If you click on the link below, you can see a short video of the occasion.


Christmas Dinner Appeal
7th Nov 2019

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. If you prefer, you can donate using the Donate button on this website, please give your contact details and mention Xmas Dinner so you can be entered in the draw. Thank you for supporting us.

6th Nov 2019


The 2020 Calendar is a very special edition as it is in memory of Fabulous Fruitie our much loved office cat who passed away last year.  This little black cat came to us in a terrible state and in a lot of pain from her ears which had been eaten away by mites.  After veterinary care they healed but it left her completely deaf.  Throughout all her health problems she remained sweet natured and never complained.  She was the most loving cat imaginable and stole the heart of all who met her!  She certainly lives on in our memory and is much missed.  She 'helped' in the Trustees office for almost three years purring encouragement when the going got tough and was always by our side ready for a cuddle to cheer us  up.  She now lives on through the calendar and if you catch sight of our new van you will also spot a little black cat's face on the side! In honour of Fruitie please help us to make the 2020 Calendar a sell out!

All our cards are sponsored as well as the calendar so a big thank you to all our sponsors  as by doing this  it means our charity gets all the money from sales. Please click on the button below to download an order form.

Thank you to our Christmas Sponsors
4th Nov 2019

A big thank you to Alex Clark Art for generously overprinting their Christmas cards with our charity details as well as donating a percentage of their sales to us. Another big thank you to local companies McMurtry & Harding, Peak Waste, Roston Castings, Bowmer Bond, Bakewell Pet Supplies, Kennelbuild, Hornbeam Associates, Second Chance Dress Agency, Chic Accessories, Hasland Pet Supplies, Incube Ltd., Leawood Tech and ex-Ark dogs Ruby and Dennis, who have generously sponsored our other Christmas cards.

Thank You!!
26th Aug 2019

A big thank you to everyone who still came along to Darley Park on Sunday to support our fundraising stall even though we had to cancel the dog show because of the hot weather.  It was good to find out that most people agreed with our decision that it was in the best interests of our four legged friends.

8th Aug 2019

We are currently having some problems with our website and cannot make certain changes.  As a result as you will see from the next News item our lovely old Sponsor cat Carlin has sadly just passed away but we are unable to take him off the Sponsorship page.  Our apologies to his Sponsors. In addition the following dogs and cats have found loving new homes although they are still showing as available for adoption.

Dogs Kyro and Maisie

Cats Egg, Angel, Nova and Estelle.

Finally several of the kittens showing as available for adoption have also been lucky enough to find new homes.  However do please contact us as we still have many other kittens patiently waiting!

Carlin : SAD NEWS
7th Aug 2019

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Carlin, our lovely old boy, who lived in Roger's Room and was for a long time one of our Sponsor Cats passed away on Tuesday.  He had become very frail over the last few weeks and then suddenly deteriorated. When the vet came to see him we made the heartbreaking decision to let him go.  He went to sleep peacefully on his favourite cushion on the sofa that he also regarded as his own!  Right up to the end he has kept his love of food and always seemed very content with the life he had here at The Ark.  We will of course write out to his Sponsors in due course.  Carlin will be greatly missed by both staff and volunteers.

Jolly July Open Day
3rd Aug 2019

A big "Thank You" to everybody who helped and came to support us at our Jolly July Open Day, one of the most important events in our fundraising calendar. The weather was kind to us - not too hot and not too wet - which was very lucky in this summer of extremes! As usual, everybody enjoyed the Dog Show but our small animal corner stole the show, with the hoglets being the star attraction!! Our thanks to Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue for loaning them to us so that we could promote hedgehog welfare.