Help With a Pet

We understand that a time may come when an owner may no longer be able to care for their pet.  We at Animal Ark strive to help pet owners make decisions that are in the best interest of the pet by providing a caring, supportive environment to explore all available options.


Often times, animals are surrendered to shelters for issues that can be fixed in the home.  The solution may not always require that the animal be placed in a shelter.  Many of the common reasons for surrendering a pet can be resolved with a little assistance.

My cat is peeing outside their litter box and I don’t know what to do.

There are many resources available for ways to troubleshoot the cause of inappropriate urination.  We recommend checking out this article for tips on diagnosing the cause and working towards fixing the issue.

A member of the family has developed an allergy to our pet.

An allergy does not always mean you can no longer live with your pet.  Depending upon the severity, it can often be controlled with anti-histamines and natural supplements.  Please check out this article from Jackson Galaxy for some recommended supplement based anti-histamines and other tips to reduce allergens in the home.

I am having trouble affording my pet.

There are numerous resources available to assist pet owners with vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries, and food.  Animal Ark offers a low cost Pet Fix certificate and can assist with short term pet food needs.  You can also get assistance from organizations such as The Pet Project and MN SNAP.

My cat/dog is displaying troublesome behavior issues.

Behavior issues such as aggression, separation anxiety, fearfulness, and destruction of the home can be very vexing problems.  A good resource for troubleshooting these issues is the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist page.  We also recommend getting some “catification” tips from Jackson Galaxy star of the Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell”.

The Animal Ark staff is available during our regular business hours to assist with these and other problems you are having with your pet.  Please call us at 651-772-8983.


Surrendering Your Pet

For owner’s wishing to surrender their cat or dog our process is:

  • Please call the shelter to discuss your situation.
  • If appropriate, we will schedule a free evaluation for us to meet with you and your pet.
  • At the appointment, we will evaluate the pet to determine if and when we can accept them.
  • There is no fee charged to surrender a pet. However, the costs associated with our work are very high and we do rely heavily on the generosity of people using our services in order to be able to provide them.

If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call us at (651) 772-8983.