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Donor Match

Donor Match!We’ve received a generous offer from an anonymous donor! For every dollar raised from now through Monday, July 24th, they will match the amount up to $2000! Please click below to donate now!

Please note that any amount raised above the $2000 will go towards general operating funds for the shelter.

Thank you for your support! Every dollar counts. 


Shelter Tales: Adoption Update on Bubbles and Murdoch

We received an update on Bubbles and Murdoch who were adopted from the shelter last year:

Hello Animal Ark Team,

My name is Captain Nordin (aka Murdoch). My sister Calypso Nordin (aka Bubbles) and I found our forever home with your help. As the family spokesperson, I asked my mom & dad (Malinda Nordin & Dan Nordin) to send you this on our behalf. We were adopted the last week in December of 2016 and are celebrating firsts of many things, including Mother’s Day. We wanted to take a moment to thank you all for rescuing us and taking care of us.

Caly and I are truly grateful to have found our parents. We were rescued from two separate destinations and how we found you – it’s part of our journey. We have become family, best friends and a mischievous duo. Each day is busy and there are so many new things to check out.

We wanted to share pictures of who we are and how we’ve grown. Caly, Tosha (our sister) and I wanted to make sure that Animal Ark keeps up the great work – so we have some presents coming your way shortly.

Thank you again to the team at Animal Ark. We are so grateful and appreciative of all your efforts.

With Thanks and Gratitude,

Captain, Calypso and Tosha Nordin

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June Volunteer of the Month: Dave Tyrrell

This month’s Volunteer of the Month is Dave Tyrrell.
Dave currently volunteers his time with our dogs and he enjoys every minute of it.  Dave and his wife Vicki both volunteer for the ark and currently live in Cottage Grove.
We are very proud to have him as a volunteer.

How many animals does Dave  have at home? He and his wife have a 90 gallon aquarium and 2 dogs; Shelby (a Pitbull mix) and Charlie (a Beagle basset hound mix).

His hobbies include keeping Vicki (his wife) happy. Happy Wife, Happy Life.

If you notice in the picture, both Dave and the dog are wearing matching ties. We love that Dave brings a little style to the ark!Dave Tyrrell


We’re Hiring: Cat Care Specialist

  • The Animal Ark in Hastings is looking for a full-time cat care specialist.Hank
    5 days per week, Tues – Saturday.
    Hours are 6am-11am on weekends and 6am-12pm on weekdays. Hours may vary from day to day.
  • We are looking for a full-time person to eventually take the lead in managing our cat care staff. Therefore, an applicant must be organized, able to lead and manage other staff, and self-motivating.
  • Because we house live animals who need to be cared for every day, applicant must be reliable and able to work holidays.
  • Duties include, but are not limited to: feeding cats, cleaning cat condos and cages, washing dishes and litter boxes, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping.  To be successful in this position you need to love cats of all temperaments as well as cleaning.
  • As a lead cat care specialist, duties will also involve scheduling, organizing, and communicating with cat care staff.
    Applicant must be at least 18 years old and able to lift 40 lbs. consistently and frequently. You should be physically fit as this position requires a lot of walking, bending, kneeling, and going up and down stairs many times during the shift.
    Must have a passion for animals and be committed to our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals.
  • Pay starts at $9.50 per hour.

Please email us your resume at shelter@animalarkmn.org

Come and be a part of a great organization saving the lives of animals!


Tyler Update

We are so thankful for the support that we, especially Tyler received over the last week. It shows that we live in such a wonderful community that cares so much about animal welfare.

We have good news about Tyler! Upon reexamination yesterday, the vets are taking a wait and see approach and will treat his fracture for now without extensive surgery as originally diagnosed. It is still possible that corrective surgery will be required later.

Thank you again for the support.

Any money raised in excess of Tyler’s ultimate medical expenses will be used for other animals in our care that have medical needs, so your donations will continue to help us with our mission.




May Volunteer of the Month: Vicki Tyrrell

This month’s volunteer of the month is Vicki Tyrrell.

Vicki spends a lot of time volunteering with our dogs and we know they love the attention. Vicki has been volunteering with us for about 3 years.  In addition to walking our dogs, Vicki has also fostered some of them as well.  She’s even recruited her husband, her daughter, and her daugthers fiance to become volunteers which has made the experience a “family affair”.

How many animals does Vicki have at home? Her and her husband have a 90 gallon aquarium and 2 dogs; Shelby (a Pitbull mix) and Charlie (a Beagle basset hound mix).

Vicki’s hobbies include: Volunteering with NAMI, green thumb gardener, board game extraordinaire. We hear her favorite game is Farkle.

Fun fact about Vicki: She was a German Exchange student!

Thanks for being a part of the volunteer team Vicki!

Vicki & her husband Dave
Vicki & her husband Dave

Tyler the Great Dane Needs Our Help

IMG_2183Tyler is a 4 month old Great Dane mix puppy. He was brought to the shelter last weekend. The people that brought him said that he had been left on their doorstep here in Hastings. When they found him he had a soft cast/bandage on his right, rear leg.

Tyler was examined by our vet, Dr. Gumbusky, on Monday. He felt the bandage was old and had started to slide down, but was professionally done. He re-bandaged the leg and recommended getting an x-ray/radiograph done.

Tyler was brought to local vet and the results of an exam showed a midshaft tibial fracture. Surgical repair is advised for this little guy, but it’s estimated at $3000-5000.

We are looking for donations to help Tyler get his leg fixed.

To donate, click below.


*Any money raised in excess of the goal will be used for general animal medical care for our animals. 


Give Us Shelter: Cat Condo Donations

Buffy3We’re reaching out to  the community in hopes of raising funds to purchase new cat condos for the shelter. Our current ones are old (almost 25 years old to be exact) and  could become unsafe for our feline friends. Plus, we want our cats to have the best possible experience while at the shelter.

This is the new style we hope to get!

The picture to the right show’s the style of condo’s we hope to get with your donations! They are quiet and each condo has a separate space for litter, exercise, sleeping, and hiding. The replacement condos aren’t going to be cheap, but they will keep our felines safe and happy and ready to be adopted.

For those of you who have visited the shelter, these are not the same condos that we have the cats in where you visit and play with them. These condos are in our intake areas where we treat any animal who may be new to us, sick, have had surgery, etc.

Even if you aren’t able to donate to help, please help us by sharing this post!




Shelter Tales: Harley Finds a Foster Home

Haley & HarleyWe are so excited to share that Harley has found a foster home. He has been at the shelter for 3.5 years and we couldn’t be more excited for his new journey.  Here is an update from Haley, his foster mom.

Harley is adjusting really well to apartment life. The very first day I brought him home, he stopped right in front of my door and sat down like he already knew it was his home. After sniffing around the apartment for a while he plopped down in the middle of the floor and gave me one of his famous smiles. I knew he was pleased with his new space. 
He is much more affectionate now that I have him home. If I’m sitting on the floor, he’ll come over and sit in front of me and put his head on my shoulder. If he wants my attention he’ll come over to me, sit, and lick my hands or arms until I pet him. He has two beds of his own but he doesn’t sleep on either of them, instead he sleeps on a blanket next to my bed. To wake me up in the morning he rests his head on my chest and stays like that until I stir, then he licks my hand to let me know that he needs to go outside. 
He’s very patient, very smart, and very sweet. He hasn’t had any resource guarding issues since he has been with me. He hasn’t really had any aggression issues with anything. At first he would bark at unfamiliar sounds, but he’s quickly becoming accustomed to new noises. 
I brought him a new stuffed animal today and he’s all smiles. Even if he does start some of his aggression issues again, I’ll work through them with him. I have no intention or desire for him to live at the shelter again (but of course he’ll visit!)

Mendards Supply Donation Drive

Stop in to Menards in Cottage Grove, Minnesota this month to take part in our supply drive! Purchase an item from our list and drop in the box near the entrance. 

You can download our wish list by clicking here.