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.
We are excited to announce that our anonymous donor was so pleased with the previous donor match, that they have given us another challenge!
For every dollar raised from now through Sunday, September 17, they will match the amount up to $4000! That's doubled the amount from before! Let's raise some money for the companion animals we care so much about.
Any funds raised above the $4000 will go towards general operating funds for the shelter.
So far we've raised a little over $1300! Let's keep the donations coming in.
We recently had a contest on Facebook to help come up with a new slogan for the shelter. We wanted our new slogan to show what we really do for families and their companion animals- bring them together.
We had close to 30 submissions, all of which were great!
The slogan we chose from those submissions is: "Your New Best Friend is Ready to Go Home".
Thank you to everyone who submitted an idea for our new slogan contest! Thank you to Krista Busse for the winning idea!
We are so lucky to have such a great support network online and in the Twin Cities!
Looking for a place to get rid of your old books, CD's, and DVD's? Drop them off at our shelter in our donation bin!
We'd love to turn your used items into extra money for the shelter animals.
We are working on more locations throughout the Twin Cities, but for now we have one at the shelter!
2600 Industrial Court
Hastings, MN 55033
We are hosting our 2nd Annual Bets for Pets Casino Night Fundraiser on October 14 at the Union Depot and we couldn't be more excited! Sam Ryan, Meteorologist with KSTP-TV will be our Emcee for the evening. We will also have Doug Davison as our DJ for the evening.
We will have Casino gaming entertainment*, door prizes, appetizers, dessert bar, music, cash bar, silent auction & more!
Since it's our last major fundraiser for the year, we ask that everyone come in gala Attire.
The cost is $75/person ; VIP Group Packages available.
If you have an Animal Ark alumni cat or dog, showcase their incredible success stories as table centerpieces at our event! With the Animal Ark Alumni Sponsorship, you will receive 1 complimentary Casino Night ticket, 2 door prize raffle tickets & 1 VIP swag bag filled with Barefoot champagne, chocolates and more goodies from our top sponsors! Once you have purchased your Animal Ark Table Sponsorship, the Volunteer & Events Coordinator will reach out to you to receive a description of your animal(s) along with an 5 X 7 photo to display. We are so lucky to have the amazing support of our Alumni parents and cannot thank you enough! You can purchase an Animal Ark Alumni Sponsorship by visiting the event link.
We hope to see you all there! Click here to purchase tickets now!
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