The Ark Animal Rescue

Welcome to the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home website.We are a charity which takes in animals for adoption from private homes, other rescue centres and sometimes via the dog warden. We have mainly dogs and cats but also have rabbits and small furries, including ferrets from time to time as well as occasional other species.Most of our animals live with us whilst they wait to find a loving home but we also  have long-term residents who will stay with us for the rest of their lives as they cannot be re-homed for a variety of reasons.On this website you can look at all the animals we have staying with us and find out about how you can adopt or sponsor them.You can also find out some of the many ways you can help us help them.If you have any questions and can’t find the answers here please contact us.

Promotions And Notices


We have been informed by our bank that we are unable to accept card payments until around 26th June due to transfer of accounts following the recent death of our founder Pauline Rice. This will also affect PayPal payments until the new account is up and running. We apologise for any inconvenience but can still accept cheques or cash. The nearest cash machine is in North Somercotes village.


PLEASE NOTE, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, WE HAVE HAD TO STOP USING DUVETS, BLANKETS, PILLOWS, CUSHIONS ETC.  We’ve received notice to find another way of disposing of duvets etc. so please we can now only use fleece blankets or ones that will wash and dry easily, also Vetbeds and knitted blankets. This has meant a whole change to our system We now have 3 washing machines running daily so donations of washpowder would be very much appreciated. Thank you


It is with regret that we have decided to no longer take on any further Home from Home animals for adoption through our pages. If we have no room in our kennels, animals will have to go onto our waiting list until there’s a space. The reasons are:

1. Some owners rehoming their pets privately and not informing us so we can remove them from our website.

2. Some owners not returning the necessary paperwork (SAE always provided) enabling us to rehome an animal on their behalf.

3. Some owners not keeping us updated with any progress with prospective new owners we send their way.

Arranging Home from Home adoptions takes time and effort which we can ill afford if owners won’t meet us halfway.



Fleece blankets and vet beds


We’re running low on Catfood, both meat, biscuits and kitten pouches in jelly, so if you’re thinking of donating anything, please make it catfood!

Gentle Reminder – Opening Times

Can we please remind people that the Ark is now closed every Thursday only as the office will be manned  the rest of the week, including weekends, so no visitors or drop-offs of bedding etc.  on Thursdays please. Boarders can still come in and be collected and animals going out for adoption can be collected but our reduced staff on this day cannot deal with any other visitors as well as care properly for the animals.

Dog of the Month

Each month we feature a different dog. Some of our dogs seem to attract less attention than others to prospective adopters. Many of these dogs are lovely animals and will make wonderful pets if only people would consider them.


Bailey is our June Dog of the Month.

Cat of the Month

Since starting our Dog of the Month page we had so much success with rehoming our featured dogs, that we decided to start a Cat of the Month page too and have had similar success.


Rosie is our second June Cat of the Month .

Collection Of Adopted Animals

Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer a transport service to new owners as we don’t have the numbers of staff or volunteers to do this without taking them away from vital work at the Ark. New owners are asked to make their own arrangements for collection, including long-distance ones. Also, we’ve had a spate of people not collecting the animal they’ve reserved. If you change your mind for whatever reason, please tell us straight away. We’d rather know as it prevents an animal missing out on another home while it waits to be collected and helps us plan our available space for animals needing rescue.

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