Please take a little time to look at the pictures and available details about our dogs who need a loving home. Perhaps there's one here you could love and provide a home for.

If you would like to meet a dog with a view to offering it a home, then please contat us in the usual way or call in at the Ark during our opening hours and we'll be happy to introduce you.

PLEASE NOTE: If you already have another dog or dogs, you will be expected to bring it/them up to the Ark prior to adoption to make sure the animals get along. Failure to do so results in upset and confusion for the dog being adopted when it has to be returned, disappointment for the new owners and wastes valuable time of Ark staff and that of the volunteers who give their time as well as petrol and telephone money doing the home checks.

Prospective owners will be home checked to ensure they can offer a safe environment for the dog in question and to give them the opportunity to ask questions and/or advice about their chosen dog. We ask for a donation of £100 per dog (£150 for a pair) to help us continue our work of rescuing, caring for and rehoming abandoned and unwanted animals. Without these donations we simply would not be able to keep afloat. Unfortunately the free vaccination voucher scheme has had to cease due to the funding for it coming to an end. We do now try to ensure that every dog leaves the Ark with a current vaccination.

 
We have recently been let down by a number of people who have reserved animals prior to being able to take them e.g. in advance of going on holiday or moving house and they have then changed their mind, thus depriving the dog of another home elsewhere, so we have regretfully decided to ask for a non-returnable deposit of £10.00 from any person reserving an animal that cannot be collected within a week of a successful home check, be it because the dog/puppy is not yet ready to leave the Ark yet or because of impending holidays or house moves. The deposit will be deducted from the £100.00 donation on adoption but forfeited if the adopter changes their mind for any reason. Anybody reserving a dog either over the phone or by email will be expected to visit the Ark to meet it and confirm reservation within 48 hours or the dog will be taken off reserve.

In the event of more than one person/family wishing to reserve an animal the manager will decide at her discretion the most suitable home for the animal in question.

A number of our animals come with issues as a result of their former treatment at the hands of humans and all arrive at the Ark confused and not understanding why they have been deserted by all they hold familiar. Please consider carefully before offering a dog a home and don't add to its "baggage" by returning it because you haven't thought it through sufficiently. Please read the following poem which which has been sent in to us and explains beautifully what we mean:

NEW RULES

Oh dear, Oh dear, I can't pretend it wasn't really me
please don't shout or hit me, its a very tiny wee
its all so very new and strange and very frightening too
there's noises, funny smells, and I'm not too sure of you

You were very kind and gentle when I met you at the Ark
but I felt very safe there, except for thunder, and the dark
when they left me in the evening, they put on my little light
I'm not sure that you will know that, you didn't visit me at night

You've got that hoover thing out, I must quickly run and hide
they used to stick it in my ears, said it was fun - they lied
You've put it down, said sorry, and really meant it too
spoke softly, gave me treats, I'm sorry that I growled at you

Now this has got me so confused, not like it used to be
no shouts, no crowds, no other dogs, only you and me
I am being very quiet 'cos I don't want to make you cross
though you seem to be quite peaceful, not like my other boss

I just can't help the tremble, now I've wee'd upon the mat
my hero!, you spoke to them, they stopped waving that big bat
and I knew I really should go out, but it was so very dark
so I messed on bed and carpet, at night I dare not bark

I tried to tell those ladies, and I'm trying to tell you
it's not your fault, I just can't help the awful things I do
You will never know the crimes committed in the park
why I don't like my feet touched, flinch at every spark

The new rules in this house are very hard to understand
its OK to lie on carpet, and no flinching from your hand
you have some funny habits, but the strangest one to me
is when we're watching telly and I'm allowed on the settee!

I'm trying to act better, to limit all this damage
I sometimes will relapse, its the best that I can manage
but if you promise that you'll keep me, that we will never part
I promise undivided loyalty, my love, and my battered heart

JS

The message this poem puts across so effectively is that, while some dogs come from good homes and will settle quickly, others are confused and damaged because of past experiences and take a while to learn new rules and habits in a new home with new and, hopefully, kinder owners and they need time, patience and lots of love to settle in. Please don't give up at the first hurdle and return the dog, adding to its confusion. Just try and give it time and that second chance it so badly needs.








We have kennel cough in our rehoming wing. This means no dogs can be admitted for rehoming and no dogs will be going out to new homes till further notice, nor can we allow visitors to the dogs. We aplogise for any inconvenience caused.

NOTE TO OUR DOGWALKERS: There will be NO dogwalking during this epidemic.

LOTTE  

Home from Home Adoption - New Waltham, Grimsby

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

6yrs, born 12/03/08

Breed:

Labrador

Size:

Large

Colour:

Chocolate

Brought From:

Remaining in own home until adoption

Reason For Rescue:

Rehomed from original owner following family split and remaining owner being taken ill. Lived with one of her sons who has a congenital knee dysplasia and hip problems and was too boisterous for him to cope with, so rehomed but won’t leave the cats in her new home alone

Neutered:

No, last season started 07/06/14

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due Dec ‘14

Medical History:

Has had skin condition, vet tests revealed no cause and thought to be stress following previous family split. Was on steroids and gained weight so is on a diet and has lost weight. Now not on any medication, just primrose oil shampoos weekly and skin is clear now. Has had a litter of pups 4 years ago

Diet:

Dry food sensitive with cod liver oil added and regular oily fish, to help maintain improved skin

Behavioural History:

Very affectionate, wants lots of attention, was dominant over her son

Likes:

Adults, lived  with 13 year old autistic twins and now living with an 8 and 3 year old and very good, lived with her son and wanted to play but dominated him, barks at dogs when out if she can’t see them or when on lead, but friendly with most once she can meet and greet, especially if off lead

Dislikes:

Hoover, small dogs, living with cats and will chase, has caught one and did some minor damage

Additional Information:

Lotte has never shown any aggression to people, is good in kennels and excitable at the vets. She’s not aggressive over food but eats quickly. She’s house-trained and can safely be left for approx. 4 hours. She’s cage-trained but doesn’t use it in present home and travels well in the car but gets excited. She pulls on her lead but will be corrected, is fine off the lead and her recall is selective if other dogs are around or she’s doing something more interesting. On lead she will pull towards other dogs and very strong. When taken for walks she’s far better if taken in the car so she can be let out somewhere off lead. She loves her ball and wants other dogs to play with her; she also does high fives. Her family is rehoming her because she’s terrorising the cats who now won’t come downstairs and the lady owner cannot control her adequately when she pulls towards some dogs. She needs a loving family who can give her the attention she loves but should be an only pet and with older children due to boisterousness. NOTE: Although her hips and knees are fine, she shouldn’t be allowed to have more pups in case she passes on the knee/hip problems to further offspring. However, she can’t be spayed until she’s been off the steroids for at least 6 months.

PLEASE NOTE: Lotte is NOT at the Ark but remaining in her own home in New Waltham, Grimsby till adoption. If you’re interested in offering her a home, please contact the Ark in the first instance on 01507 358140 or by emailing info@arkanimalrescue.co.uk and a meeting will be arranged. Usual Ark conditions will apply i.e. a home check will be done and a donation to the Ark will be requested upon adoption.

 


 

JINX  

Reserved

dogdog

dogdog

dog

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

2 3/4yrs

Breed:

American Bulldog

Size:

Large

Colour:

Mainly white with some brindle

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Too lively with the children and doesn’t know when to stop, has bitten when adults tried to make him do what he didn’t want

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due Nov ‘14

Medical History:

Fit and well, has some cartilage missing in right ear, no effect on hearing but ear flops over

Diet:

Wagg dry

Behavioural History:

Playful and lively some dominance issues

Likes:

Adults, has lived with children from newborn, 5 and 10 years and good with them but gets over-excited and doesn’t know when to stop playing, not lived with cats, hadn’t been socialised with other dogs and is scared of them but not aggressive

Dislikes:

Will chase cats

Additional Information:

Jinx hadn’t been socialised and wasn’t sure how to react to people or dogs. With children he gets over-excited and can forget himself. He’s fine at the vets but is muzzled. He’s house-trained and can safely be left for a reasonable time and was used to sleeping in his owner’s bed. He travels well in the car, pulls a little on the lead but is better with a harness and will run off if allowed off with no recall. He likes playing with toys. This boy just needs some time spending on him to socialise him more with people and dogs, and give him further lead training and recall. He needs a family without children and with somebody experienced who can kindly but firmly teach him respect for the human pack leader.

UPDATE 23/06/14

Reserved, awaiting home check


 

COBRA  

 

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Size:

Medium

Colour:

Tan with white on chest

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Baby on the way and moving out of area

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due may '15

Medical History:

Fit and well.

Diet:

Meat in jelly in the mornings and Webbox supreme chub at tea time, loves rawhide bones and the odd bit of pork pie as a treat

Behavioural History:

Can be boisterous at times as well as being the most loving and loyal dog, quite a sensitive boy

Likes:

Adults, good with children from newborn upwards but would be better with older children due to boisterousness, ok with most other dogs  

Dislikes:

Wary of other dogs of similar breed as him after being attacked by one when 4 months old, doesn’t like cats and will chase them, dislikes loud noises and has a high prey drive around horses,and farm animals as well is chickens etc.

Additional Information:

Cobra is looking for a new home through no fault of his own. He’s a loving and lovable boy who loves a cuddle and long walks. He’s never shown any aggression and will cry at the vets. He’s fully house-trained, crate trained for night time and usually behaves better outside when left, as he gets anxiety when he knows he’s going to be left in the house. He travels well in the car, he pulls on his lead a bit when he first goes out on walks, but then will settle down and walks very well. He is very good off his lead and has good recall, but is only normally let off his lead in the woods. Care must be taken near water as he’s nearly drowned twice so must be kept on his lead. He also knows basic commands such as, paw, sit, lay down, now and roll over.  He’s sensitive and may take a couple of weeks to trust but once he does will be a friend for life.

 


 

MITZEE  

Home from Home Adoption - Louth

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

2yrs

Breed:

American Bulldog

Size:

Large

Colour:

Mainly white with black eyepatch and other dark markings coming through

Brought From:

Remaining in own home until adoption

Reason For Rescue:

Relationship split and remaining partner has to work and doesn’t have the time to walk and train and Mitzee is suffering as a result

Neutered:

No, last season May '14

Vaccinated:

Had puppy vaccs but has lapsed since

Medical History:

Occasional rash under right side of belly but hasn’t had for some time. No treatment given. Fit and well

Diet:

Complete with sardines or tuna mixed in. Can be a bit fussy

Behavioural History:

Very boisterous and needs training, very loving but will jump and lick, responds better to men

Likes:

Adults, living with a 4 year old child and very good but over-boisterous so will knock over, not mixed with cats but barks and very curious when sees them, not lived with another dog but has always been socialised with them and is fine but can get boisterous in play

Dislikes:

A little wary of new people at first and will sit near mum but soon gains confidence

Additional Information:

Mitzee has never shown any aggression and is good around food, in kennels and at the vets. She’s house-trained and never soils in the house but can’t be left for long as she’s destructive and has to be left in a cage, where she also sleeps. She’s not had much recent experience in cars but travels well, is very strong on the led, better with men, doesn’t like to go too far away off the lead and her recall is mostly good, especially to treats. She’s destructive with toys through boredom. Mitzee isn’t getting the exercise and stimulation she need and her destructive behaviour is down to boredom. She also needs a secure garden as she has been known to escape. She needs a family with time to exercise her fully and then she’ll grow out of her destructive behaviour. She also needs somebody willing to give her the training she needs, preferably with a man in the family as she responds to men better, probably as they can handle her more confidently than many women. She’s a lovely dog and if these needs are met, which her current owner is unable to do, then she shows great potential to be a wonderful family pet.

PLEASE NOTE: Mitzee is NOT at the Ark but remaining in her own home in Louth till adoption. If you’re interested in offering her a home, please contact the Ark in the first instance on 01507 358140 and a meeting will be arranged. Usual Ark conditions will apply i.e. a home check will be done and a donation to the Ark will be requested upon adoption.

 


 

CASSIE  

Reserved

dog

 

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

2yrs, born in Dec ‘11

Breed:

German Shepherd cross

Size:

Large

Colour:

Brindle and white

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Behaviour has changed since owner in full-time work and is destructive when on her own

Neutered:

No, last season unknown

Vaccinated:

Lapsed, will be updated

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Complete, loves cheese

Behavioural History:

Very fussy and excitable, especially around new people and children, separation anxiety and chews when left for long periods of time

Likes:

Adults, likes children but gets over-excited so better around older ones, not living with another dog but mixes well with them

Dislikes:

Cats, also frightened of stairs, fireworks and thunder and doesn’t like baths

Additional Information:

Cassie has never shown any aggression and has a lovely nature but she has been known to scratch with claws when she jumps up. We have no information if she’s possessive around food or if she’s good at the vets.  She’s house-trained and can be left without soiling but does chew if left too long. She pulls on the lead but walks well off lead, loves long walks but doesn’t like being in the car. She enjoys ball games and going in the paddling pool and knows several basic commands. She needs a home where she has more company and isn’t left for long and where there are older children who can cope with all that excited energy.

UPDATE 29/06/14

Reserved, awaiting home check


 

MAX & JAKE  
 

 
Sex:

Both males

Age:

Max-4 ½ yrs/Jake-7yrs

Breed:

Max-Staffordshire Bull Terrier X/ Jake-Doberman X Mastiff

Size:

Max-medium/Jake-very large

Colour:

Max-brindle and white/Jake-brindle

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Ill health of owner

Neutered:

Both are

Vaccinated:

Both, boosters renewed 26/02/14

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Complete

Behavioural History:

Both dogs are friendly with everybody. Max is exuberant and just wants to be fussed while Jake equally loves fuss but is much calmer about it; he’s also quite a sensitive, nervous lad

Likes:

Adults, have mixed with visiting grandchildren from toddlers upwards and good with them, fine around cats

Dislikes:

Jake is agitated with other dogs and the pair act as a pack when around them

Additional Information:

Neither dog has shown aggression to people, but will if mixed with other dogs if together. There’s no food aggression and they’re good at the vets. They’re house-trained and can safely be left for up to 5 hours, sleep in the bedroom and travel well in the car. Each dog is fine on the lead if on their own, but pull when out together. When let off the lead they behave well when on their own but will run off if together and both have recall to their names. They’re not interested in playing with toys. These lovely dogs are great together and we’d like to rehome them as a pair if possible. They need a home without other dogs but will fit into any other family environment

UPDATE 08/03/14

In view of no interest shown in Jake and Max as a pair, the manager has now decided they can be separated to the right homes to prevent them having to remain in rescue indefinitely


 

DUKE  

 

 

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

Rottweiler

Size:

Very large

Colour:

Black and tan

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Too much to handle

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Meat and complete

Behavioural History:

Very boisterous but very friendly

Likes:

Adults, lived with children from babies upwards but better with bigger children due to his size

Dislikes:

Hates cats and will KILL! Dislikes other dogs and men in hats generally, also baseball caps and helmets

Additional Information:

Duke has shown aggression when protecting the children by growling and hackles rising, nor is he good at the vets due to other dogs being there. He isn’t possessive over food. He’s house-trained but will mark his territory and can be left for a reasonable time. He slept in his own bed in the kitchen. He travels well, is very strong and pulls on the lead when he sees other dogs, so isn’t let off the lead and his recall is unknown. He plays with solid rubber balls which he can’t chew. This powerful dog needs a very strong and energetic owner who can be firm and maintain a dominant position. He must be the only pet.

 


IZZY  

 

 

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Size:

Small for breed

Colour:

Black and white

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Aggression towards elderly Staffy in the home

Neutered:

No, last season August '13

Vaccinated:

Yes

Medical History:

Has had mange on face in the past, has Maleseb shampoos as needed, fit and well now

Diet:

Complete

Behavioural History:

Friendly, bouncy girl

Likes:

Adults, lived with children of 2, 7 and 11 years and better with the older ones

Dislikes:

Cat and other dogs

Additional Information:

Izzy has never shown any aggression to people, only other dogs, and she’s not food aggressive. She’s good in kennels and at the vets, is house-trained and can safely be left up to 6 hours. She sleeps in a cage as she can open doors and windows and travels well in the car. She’s strong on the lead so walks with a harness, isn’t let off the lead but has good recall to a favourite toy. She now needs a home as an only pet but will be fine living with older children.