Failed adoptions are traumatic for the animals and for the humans who wanted them in their lives. That is why one of our goals for this year is to create a $10,000 Adoption Success Training Fund that will help more adoptions succeed.
The focus of our Adoption Success Training will be adult dogs who are so awesome that they have already been adopted, but who were ultimately returned to us for behavior issues, many of which might have been forgiven if they were puppies.
Adoption Success Training, is a two-phase program to address the specific issues that have caused each dog's adoption to fail, resulting in the animal being returned to us.
PHASE ONE happens at Animal Ark. Behaviors are observed, issues identified, and an individualized success training regimen is created. The idea is to ensure that the verbal and non-verbal communication and specific training techniques used by all Staff and Volunteers will be consistent. Prospective Adoptive Parents will learn all the same communication and training techniques for seamless continuity.
PHASE TWO happens with a Trainer collaborating with the Adoptive Parents in the home. This phase will reinforce all of the training that happened at Animal Ark. The dog will be monitored for old issues that persist and new issues that may arise in the new setting, and an individualized remediation program will be developed as needed. The idea is to stand with the Adoptive Parents long enough to ensure the success of the adoption.
Adoption Success Training is a new program so exact costs are unknown and likely to vary - perhaps widely - from dog to dog. Current guesstimates are $500 to $1,500 per dog depending on the depth and complexity of the issues.
If our Adoption Success Training Fund had $10,000 in it today, and if all of the wonderful dogs in our care whose past adoptions have failed were to be adopted tomorrow, the entire $10,000 could be spoken for in less than 90 days. But it would be money well spent.
The intent of every adoption is to give an animal a loving Forever Home. The intent of our Adoption Success Training Fund is to ensure that we have the resources to help every Forever Home really be... Forever.
Please do what you can to help. Thank you!
Please consider becoming a foster parent for Bruno.
Bruno is a sweet, energetic dog who is not doing well in a kennel environment. It is stressing him out. Please consider becoming Bruno's foster parent. As a foster parent, you offer temporary companionship, a safe, stable, and loving environment and a chance for Bruno to grow,
trust, and flourish in a new life. We provide everything else.
Please contact Lorraine@animalarkmn.org for more information.
Please help us raise money for a beautiful 1 year old kitty named Hannah Montana! This funny and talkative girl came to Animal Ark as a stray in April 2018. Only 9 months old, Hannah had been found wandering in a field. She went into foster care soon after arrival where she began to exhibit concerning respiratory problems. Bloodwork and x-rays gave no definitive answer, and intense antibiotic therapy made little impact. It was recommended by her medical team and 2 radiologists that we get a CT scan of her lungs.
The results of the scan showed a diaphragmatic hernia with abdominal fat displacement. This means the barrier between Hannah's chest and abdomen has a hole in it and fat from her abdomen has slipped into her chest space. The fat is taking up room in her chest so the lungs are not able to expand fully. The good news is that the hernia can be repaired surgically!
You can donate now by clicking here.
Are you ready to run and have fun? Join us on August 18th in downtown Hastings, MN for a 5k Run courtesy of Paws for a Cause and Tito's Handmade Vodka! The run is a family friendly event for all ages. You can run with a dog, no dog, or with a group of people! We just want you to run in support of our shelter.
Even if you can't make it race day, we have a virtual option which allows you to run at your pace (no pun intended).
Register now to support a great cause and to enjoy summer by the river!
We have been at our shelter since the 1990's and there area many improvements needed to make sure we can continue to operate and be successful. One of the latest concerns are the skylights at the shelter. They are old and leaking and in need of repair. We've received a quote to fix them for the amount of $6000. https://animal-ark.snwbll.com/shelter-improvement-operation-new-skylight
Any funds raised above the $6000 will go towards general shelter use and support of our animals and their care.
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:
To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're received a wonderful update from the new family of sweet Corrina. She was adopted about 3 months ago and was renamed Xena. They learned that she likes to play and has a lot of energy. As you can see from the lower picture, she loves using her cardboard scratching post!
She has been such a welcome addition to their family!
It's contest time! We want you to help us design the 2018 Animal Ark 3K Walk tee shirt! Please submit your designs to us at email@example.com for a chance to win! What do you get for the winning design? Social media recognition, 2 tickets to the walk, and your very own blog post on our website! Entries must be submitted to the Ark by March 18, 2018 to be considered.
The Animal Ark in Hastings is looking for a part-time cat care specialist. The position is 20-30 hours per week (Fri-Tues).
Come and be a part of a great organization saving the lives of animals!
We are excited to be partnering with a two agents from Liberty Mutual Insurance- Travis Solhman and Kermit Graber. For every home or auto quote you request, they will donate $10 to the Ark! How great is that! There's no obligation to you if the quote isn't what you need, but we highly recommend giving them a shot if you are shopping around.
In addition to home and car insurance, they also offer pet insurance!
All you have to do is email Travis for a quote by clicking below!
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