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March Volunteer of the Month

Denyse with her pack.
Denyse with her pack.

Meet Denyse Madden, she is our March Volunteer of the month.

Denyse works with our dogs at the shelter and she makes sure they get the care and attention they need and deserve.

She has 5 dogs at home (3 are rescue dogs): Lucy, Franky. Frieda, Linda ,& Maxwell.

Fun Fact About Denyse: She has run 9 marathons and her dog Lucy was her trainer.

Why Denyse Loves Volunteering:  I love working with the dogs, but only wish I had more time to give. Volunteering helps keep me from being that crazy dog lady. However, some would say I already am with five.

We are so proud of our volunteers and all that they do for our Animals.

Maxwell and Linda Sue are Animal Ark Alumni!

March Adoption Special

We’re hoping the luck of the Irish helps some of our animals find their forever homes.

Receive 20% off your next adoption with the coupon below from March 13-19!

  • Offer not valid on kitten or puppy adoptions
  • To print the coupon, click here.

    March Promo



Customer Service/Adoption Coordinator

maddie1Animal Ark, no kill animal shelter, is looking for a new person to become part of our shelter family. Position Summary: Here at Animal Ark you will meet all kinds of dogs and cats who might not have survived at traditional shelters, and help them overcome their behavior challenges, whether they’re painfully shy, having trouble getting along with others, or just inexperienced at being house pets. You will assist in changing the lives of these animals — and animals all around the country — by doing a stellar job of training dogs through working in partnership with our staff and volunteers.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities include:
•Facilitate the complete adoption process and foster care process in accordance with all policies and procedures of Animal Ark.

• Deliver quality customer service, including assisting all clients with finding appropriate pets by facilitating introductions to suitable animals and disseminating appropriate information. This also includes but is not limited to: pet to pet meets, counseling, medical records, follow-ups, emails, and phone calls.

• Providing high quality customer service to people who visit or call Animal Ark as well as resolving problems and addressing any client dissatisfaction

• Utilize database and enter information and update files as required.

• Interact with caregivers, trainers and management on a regular basis to learn the specific details about each animal to make the right match for a new home.

• Keeping animal records current with information which will help place them into homes, foster homes or to rescue including entering medical examinations and behavior notes Maintain a daily animal inventory.

• Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience

• Experience handling behavior challenged dogs.

• Strong interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. The ideal person for this job would be a team player, positive, personable, upbeat, and energetic, takes initiative, and uses tact and diplomacy

• Resourceful, roll up the sleeves attitude. The successful candidate must have the initiative to resolve problems and seek answers independently and enthusiastically demonstrate flexibility to persist until goals are achieved.

• Knowledgeable of breeds, care giving, and characteristics of animals.

• Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands.

• Ability to professionally advocate Animal Ark’s mission and position on issues.

• Valid driver’s license with access to transportation to travel on organization business.
• Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to learn google calendar, docs, PetPoint and email

• Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
Physical Requirements:
• Work at a computer for extended periods of time to include repetitive typing, arm and hand motion.

• Perform strenuous physical labor including bending, stooping, reaching, lifting, etc…

• Ability to lift 50 + lbs.

• Daily hours and days of the week may vary according to the needs of the department schedule: includes weekends and holiday work

• Spend an extended period outdoors in all weather, including extreme heat and cold.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Animal Ark. Animal Ark is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter to shelter@animalarkmn.org.


Miranda Lambert to Aid No Kill Animal Shelter-Animal Ark

Miranda LambertGrammy award winner and dog-lover, Miranda Lambert is set to appear in concert at the Xcel Energy Center on March 17, 2017 and the Animal Ark is pleased to announce that we  will be there to participate.

We  will be set up at the main entrance/Gate 1 so that patrons can come and see what Minnesota’s first and largest no-kill animal shelter is all about. We will have information about the animals available for adoption, how you can foster, volunteer, or attend one of their community events.

Fans of the concert that make a donation to the Animal Ark will be entered for a chance to win a VIP package to the show and a seat upgrade. The VIP package allows the winner and a guest to meet Miranda Lambert that night.

Your donation in any amount makes all the difference to our animals!
• $10 provides an animal with a vaccine.
• $50 will spay/neuter an animal
• $100 provides an animal with food and water for one month.

“Entering into our 40th Anniversary this year, we are so excited to be a part of such a large event in the Twin Cities” said Amy Lauria, the Animal Ark’s Public Relations Coordinator. “It’s already an exciting year for us, but to be featured at Miranda Lambert’s concert is going to make for a great addition to our year of celebration.”

Don’t have a ticket yet? Visit https://www.mirandalambert.com/tour/1788/saint-paul-mn/ so you can be a part of the fun.


We’re Hiring: Cat Care Specialist

LulubelleWe have an opening for a part-time cat care specialist.
We are seeking to fill our Saturday and Sunday shifts.
Hours are from 6AM — 12PM every Saturday and Sunday.
Some weekday fill-in shifts would be available.

Duties include: feeding our cats and cleaning the areas they live in, washing dishes and litter boxes, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping.
Applicant must be at least 18 years old and able to lift 40 lbs. This position also entails going up and down stairs many times during the shift.
Applications may be picked up at Animal Ark, 2600 Industrial Court, Hastings.
You may also email us your resume at shelter@animalarkmn.org.

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


February Adoption Special

With love in the air, we’re running an adoption special from February 13-19.

Receive 50% off your next adoption with the coupon below!

  • Offer not valid on kitten or puppy adoptions
  • To print the coupon, click here.

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Puppy Room Renovation

We are so excited to announce that one of our “puppy” rooms has gotten a make-over! David McHahon stopped into the shelter not long ago and volunteered his services. He has started by renovating one of the “puppy” rooms (meaning we usually have one our amazing pooches staying in there). Dogs can be very energetic and sometimes can do a number on the paint, trim, and doors.

Here are few pictures of the work being done. We hope you will help us say thank you to David for his work! THANK YOU!

Working on the room.
Done taping!









Sheet rock repaired, ready for paint.


The final product! The room looks great.










Shelter Tales: Sullivan Ballou

When Sullivan was adopted.

We received an update on how Sullivan Ballou (formerly Marcus) is doing with his new family. It’s been one year since he was adopted and  he’s doing well:

It is January 15 and we are so happy to be celebrating the one-year adoptiversary of Sullivan Ballou (formerly Marcus)! He is a part bobcat, part wombat, part butterball and 100% snugglebug. He has brought pure joy to our family! He loves to hang out with his kitty sister Tricksy, his dog brother Hank, and sit in one of his many scratching posts and watch critters outside.

Every night he cuddles in bed with us and LOVES getting pets and giving THE most intense head-butts of any cat we’ve ever known!  THANK YOU for all the work you do so that families like ours can find their perfect furbabies.


Thanks to Sullivan’s new family for sharing these awesome pictures!






Shelter Tales: Blue


Blue (known as Otis by staff) is a 10 year old kitty with a purr motor that never stops. He was pulled by Animal Ark from the Humane Society in November of 2016. A stray who came in to AHS extremely underweight, he had been scheduled to be euthanized if a rescue didn’t take him. Our shelter manager Lorraine almost immediately suspected him of being hyperthyroid and requested he be tested. The lab work came back confirming our suspicions and we quickly arranged to have him treated. It was determined Blue would be a good candidate for radioactive iodine treatment, and we sent him to be treated offsite with one of our partner vets.

Blue spent 10 days offsite during his treatment, and everything went well. He was soon back at the shelter with us and recovering nicely. Our staff went to microchip him, the last step before he could be available for adoption, only to discover that he already had one. As he had come from the Humane Society we had not thought to check earlier. Following the trail of the chip, we were thrilled to discover that he had a family out there that had been missing him for a couple months. They were very grateful and happy to have Blue back home safe.

They just sent us an update (see picture!) that he is doing great. We love happy endings!



Update on Tasha

Tasha was recently adopted from the shelter and her new owners wanted to give us an update. We hope you enjoy:

Good Morning!  

Just an update that Tasha is doing well and has been a wonderful addition to my home.  She had her check-up at Shamrock Animal Hospital on Tuesday and she likes to sleep curled up at the foot of my bed.