We love getting updates from happy families! Obi-wan and Arwen (formerly known as Gadget and Gabby) are doing well in their new home. They look pretty settled in, wouldn't you say? 😁
Thanks for the update Chris and Brieanne! #adoptdontshop
When it’s below zero out and you know the animals still need us, what do our volunteers do? They come together to unload a full truck of cat litter. Here are a few photos of some of the volunteers that came to help us over the weekend. A huge shout out to an amazing supporter and volunteer, Candi Christenson, for donating this much needed litter! It takes us all to save these animals!
We are very excited to be partnering with Meghan Lee Artistry and Posh Pooch of Woodbury for a Deck the Paws Mini Photo session. It's a perfect holiday set for you to update your kiddos portraits as well as your beloved fur babies too!
The mini photo session is one day only- this Saturday- December 2nd!
Want to find out more or register for this Saturday? Click here.
At Animal Ark, our volunteers play an important role in exercising and socializing our cats and dogs throughout their stay with us. This month, we would like to recognize Julie MacDougal, as our volunteer of the month for her generous contributions as a dog volunteer. Julie joined our volunteer program in July, and has gone above and beyond in helping at events, spending time dog walking, and socializing with the animals. Here is a quick Q&A about Julie and her experience volunteering with us:
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Animal Ark?
The thing I enjoy most about volunteering at Animal Ark is seeing the dogs happy. They love being outside and experiencing all the smells on our walks or when they get to play in the Ark Park. They are so happy when it's their turn to be taken for a walk and get some treats! It's just so much fun to see the dogs so frisky when they get outside.
What got you interested in becoming a volunteer with us?
I have wanted to volunteer at Animal Ark for years and now is the time. With one daughter in college and the other in high school, it felt like I now had the time to commit to volunteering.
Do you have any other pets at home?
I have two dogs at home - River and Sky who are 7 and 4 year old Goldendoodles.
When you're not volunteering, what are some other ways you enjoy spending your time?
In my free time I also volunteer with a local theater as their treasurer and helping with the box office and concessions. I also enjoy traveling, gardening, biking and spending time with my family.
Some additional fun facts about Julie:
I'm a do-it-yourselfer. I built an A frame treehouse and a kayak stand and I did the demolition of our kitchen and bathrooms.
Again, we would like to congratulate Julie in becoming out October volunteer of the month! If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer, please check out our volunteer information page to apply: http://www.animalarkmn.org/volunteer.html
Max is a 6 year old German Shepard that was brought into the shelter this week.
As you can see from the video, he isn't able to use his back legs. Our vet, Dr. Charlie, has done an examination on him and Max is going to need physical therapy and we are looking at what other options out there for him for a more active life.
We are raising money to get him a cart so he can move around better. The estimated cost of the cart is $800, but anything raised over and above that will go towards physical therapy and if it's needed, surgery.
Max has a long road ahead of him and we are so glad to have him in our care!
Please help Max and make a donation in any amount!
We are looking for a part-time cat care specialist. The position is 20-30 hrs and includes working weekends and weekdays.
Please stop in to the shelter to pick up an application or email us your resume at email@example.com
Come and be a part of a great organization saving the lives of animals!
I adopted Harley in early May of this year and we’re both still ecstatic about it! Previous to the decision to take him home, I worked with him at Animal Ark for almost a year and volunteered with him for about 6 months after that. It was heartbreaking to learn that he had been adopted and returned a few times and that he had been their for a total of about 3 years. During my time at Animal Ark, Harley underwent 2 knee surgeries and I had the privilege of doing the physical therapy with him both times, and building that foundation of trust. He didn’t enjoy it but if he received treats and love then he didn’t care. As soon as both incisions were healed he wanted to go right back to the park to play ball. He certainly hadn’t lost any of his spunk!
When I finally signed off on my own apartment I almost cried, not because I had a place of my own, but because Harley would finally be able to come home with me. The sooner I moved in and unpacked the sooner I could take Harley home, and I’m sure I talked incessantly about it to whomever would listen.
The day finally came when I drove to the shelter to pick him up. It was both a joyful and tearful experience for the shelter staff because he had a way of brightening up any space with his big goofy smile or his ability to give and receive love so willingly. I promised I’d bring him by every once in a while to say hello, and I gave my number to some of the volunteers who asked. When I walked him out to my car, you could see the recognition on his face and boy was he excited! As soon as I opened the car door to put in all of his supplies and food, he leapt right in and refused to come back out when one last staff member wanted to say goodbye.
We got to my apartment and it was as if he knew exactly where he was going. He led me up the stairs, straight to my apartment door, and sat down. He knew he was home.
Since that day we’ve been growing and learning with each other. He is a lot more snuggly and a lot less anxious. His coat is very shiny, and he continues to learn new words and tricks every day. He has settled into a routine and seems very content with his new life. But Harley has also changed me. I suffer from depression and anxiety, and he truly is an emotional support dog. He knows when I’m having a bad day and will jump onto my bed and put his head on my chest. He gets me motivated when I don’t feel like doing anything, and he puts a smile on my face every time I come home from work. He’s always waiting for me with a smile, and walks between my legs to say hello and snuggle close.
Adopting Harley is one of the best things I’ve ever done with my life. Even now he sits in front of me smiling and leaning his body against me.
I’d say we’re both pretty lucky to have found a companion.
Moving can be an exciting yet stressful time—not only for you, but for your pets as well. By nature, house pets are creatures of habit. When they're moved into a new home with unfamiliar sights, smells, and sounds, it can be difﬁcult to adjust. Fortunately, there are some simple steps all pet owners can make to minimize stress throughout the moving process while ensuring safety.
Wait to Pack Up Their Belongings
Pets can become very attached to their favorite possessions, such as bedding and toys. With that in mind, try to wait as long as possible before you begin packing up your pets' belongings. If possible, wait until the day of the move before you load up a big box dedicated to your pets' stuff.
Talk to Their Veterinarian
Some pets are more prone to anxiety than others. If your pet has had anxiety issues in the past (such as separation anxiety), the move will likely be difﬁcult on him or her. You might consider speaking with a veterinarian about putting your pet on an anti-anxiety medication or something similar to calm them during the move. This is often especially recommended for pets undergoing a long-distance move.
Board Them During the Move
The physical process of moving all your belongings can not only be stressful for your pet, but dangerous as well. An unsuspecting mover could accidentally let your indoor-only cat out of the house, or your pet could be injured by heavy furniture if he or she gets in the way.
The best way to avoid these issues is to simply board your pet during the move, or let them stay with friends or family. This way, you can simply pick your pet up when everything is moved in and things have settled down a bit. If boarding isn't an option, be sure to at least keep your pet contained in an empty room within your home or inside a kennel.
Introduce Them Gradually
When it comes time to introduce your pet to your new home after the big move , take things slow and understand that the experience can be overwhelming for your pet. Rather than offering your pet free roam of the entire home, consider introducing them to a room or two at a time. As they become more comfortable with each space, you can allow them to roam more freely until they've explored and become familiar with the entire house.
Maintain a Schedule
As much as possible, try to keep your pet on a schedule they're familiar with. For example, if feeding time is at 11AM and 5PM daily, keep it that way after the move. If you typically take your dog for a walk in the evenings, maintain this pattern as well. Keeping up with a familiar schedule will help your pet feel more comfortable as they get settled into a new place.
Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets' safety and well-being throughout the process of moving. By following these tips, you can reduce your pet's stress levels, keep them safe during the move itself, and help them better adjust to life in a new home!
Our 2nd Annual Bets for Pets Casino Night is a little over a month away and we are getting very excited! We will have Casino gaming entertainment*, door prizes, appetizers, dessert bar, music, cash bar, silent auction & more.
In addition to the Casino fun, we have a few sponsor's we'd like to thank!
Persian Cat Sponsors
Golden Retriever Sponsor
Bull Dog Sponsors:
Siamese Cat Sponsors:
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:
To apply for this opportunity, please email your resume and a cover letter by clicking here.
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