Give Us Shelter Latest Fundraising Update

The Animal Ark has successfully launched its 2016 “Give Us Shelter” capital fund campaign. While nothing can compare to the comforts of home, Animal Ark strives to provide an enriching environment for our shelter animals. We’ve already raised $2000 of our $25,000 target which is a great start.  We have already used the first $2000 raised to fix property fencing. We still have a ways to go for necessary repairs and improvements to our shelter in order to keep our animals like Mags and Kathy.

KathyLittle Kathy found her way into Animal Ark like so many other baby kittens. Born to a stray mother, she arrived at our door, another cute kitten of a precious litter. As she was weaned from her mother’s milk to kitten food, the staff suddenly noticed that something was terribly wrong. Little Kathy stopped growing and developing, along with a host of other issues. Blood tests and subsequent ultrasounds revealed that Kathy had a rare but treatable anatomic liver defect, otherwise known as a portosystemic shunt.

A healthy and functioning liver is indispensable in the lives of cats (humans too!). In Kathy’s case, the portal vein leading from her intestines to the liver was missing. An abnormal vessel bypassed or “shunted” the blood around the liver and directly to the heart. Because the blood had not been properly detoxified by the liver, it carried toxins into the bloodstream, making Little Kathy extremely ill.

Kathy responded well to a low protein diet and medication, which gave us time to devise a plan of treatment and action. The University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the nation’s leading schools for animal medicine. They were confident in their ability to treat Kathy’s shunt, and even helped us obtain a grant that would cover a small portion of the surgery. For the rest we relied heavily on our donors, and they did not fail Kathy.

The surgery was a success!!! We are happy to report that she has recovered completely and is a normal adult cat. She is fortunate to be in the care of one of our most dedicated and loved foster mommies who has a small pack of other special needs kitties. Kathy is loving, playful and snuggly and very much adored by her mom and the other cats of the home. At Animal Ark, we believe all animals deserve a chance to live a normal life.Mags3

Mag’s is another very special case here at the Animal Ark.  Mag’s is a 3 year old Pit Bull with the most stunning blue eyes you’ll ever see on a dog. She originally came to us from the St. Paul Animal Control after being found stray. She was adopted out over a year ago and was living a great life with a loving home until she developed allergies so severe, her family could no longer afford to care for her.
Even though Mag’s has a severe allergy condition to many things, her spirit never wanes. She is amazing with children and adults and is just an all-around happy go lucky girl.

We truly hope to find her a good home that can dedicate a safe, allergy free environment where Mags can thrive.
Kathy and Mags are just two of many loving animals that will benefit from the funds raised from our campaign.

Funds will go to upgrade:

  • Electrical Upgrades
  • HVAC Repairs
  • Siding
  • Landscaping
  • Tree Trimming
  • New Facility Doors

Please make your tax deductible donation today online ( or by mailing it to the address below.  Please write shelter improvement fund in the memo portion of your check.

If you are not able to make a monetary contribution, consider volunteering your time and efforts to our cause.  We are currently looking for skilled licensed and bonded Trades people to assist with our shelter improvements.  Please email for more information.

We are honored to have the opportunity to serve these amazing animals, their new adoptive families, and the many communities across Minnesota.

Thank you for your support!


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