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.








 

JINX  

 

 
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 but can be jealous, 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:

Additional Information:

Jinx hadn’t been socialised and wasn’t sure how to react to people or dogs. He was rehomed but bit when a lady tried to take his bone off him and again, after a warning, when being put off the sofa. 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.


 

CASSIE  

 

 

 
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.


 

BELLA  

Reserved

 

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

6 months

Breed:

Crossbreed (Labrador/German Shepherd/Staffie mix)

Size:

Will probably grow to medium size

Colour:

Brindle

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

One child diagnosed with asthma, the other with autism/CDHD, owner is a single parent with a job and simply cannot cope with a puppy as well

Neutered:

No, no season yet

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due Jan ‘15

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Puppy complete

Behavioural History:

Lovely, cuddly, affectionate puppy

Likes:

Adults, living with children aged 5 and 3 years and very good with them, been brought up with a cat which she chases to play with but stops on correction, is sometimes wary of other dogs, gets nervous but soon runs to play

Dislikes:

Additional Information:

Bella has never shown any aggression, isn’t at all possessive around food and she’s well-behaved at the vets. She’s house-trained and can last all night without any accidents but may have accident in the day if left more than a couple of hours. This is probably a little protest at being left but she’s not destructive or noisy. She sleeps in her own bed in her owner’s room, travels well in the car, pulls a little on the lead but is manageable, doesn’t wander far when let off and recalls well to a treat. She already knows basic commands and loves all toys and hide bones. Her mum describes her as a perfect little dog and is only parting with her due to her personal circumstances and because she can’t give Bella the attention she deserves.

UPDATE 21/04/14

reserved, awaiting home check


 

DUSTY  

Reserved

dogdog

dogdog

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

Yorkshire Terrier X Dachshund

Size:

Very small

Colour:

Black and tan

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Originally for snapping at the children, was rehomed but sadly new owner’s health suddenly deteriorated

Neutered:

No, no season yet

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due Dec ‘14

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Puppy complete x 3 feeds daily

Behavioural History:

Very lively, never keeps still and prone to nipping, but this is playful

Likes:

Adults, hasn’t mixed much with other dogs but shared with a male Yorkie at the Ark and was fine

Dislikes:

Lived with children aged 8, 4 and 2 years and not good with them, lived with cats and will chase, dislikes hoovers and brooms

Additional Information:

Dusty snapped at son’s hand when he was pouring her food into her bowl and growls at the children; she’s also aggressive over food, but is fine at the vets. She’s not yet fully house-trained and can only be left 2-3 hours at present and was shut in the kitchen for sleeping. She travels well in the car, is fine on the lead but hasn’t yet been off it so hasn’t commenced recall training. She loves balls, squeakies and teddies. This little dog with a big attitude needs firm handling to nip her naughty behaviour in the bud and would benefit from some training classes; she’s young and has lots to learn still. She was recently rehomed and, based on what we now know about her, she needs a home without children or elderly people and with people not bothered about her habit of nipping when excited till they can get it under control. She would benefit from another older dog in the home that will put her in place.

UPDATE 23/04/14

Reserved, awaiting collection


 

MAX  

 

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

6-7yrs

Breed:

Collie cross

Size:

Medium

Colour:

Black and tan

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Developed some food possessiveness since other dog arrived and bit child’s foot when feeding him; Social Services involvement

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Dry food

Behavioural History:

Lively but placid with people

Likes:

Adults, lived with children from birth upwards, including an autistic child and has been good with them all, lived with a female Rottweiler cross with no problems apart from food possessiveness, can be selective with dogs when out

Dislikes:

Cats, washing machine and fireworks

Additional Information:

Max has never shown any aggression before and only then when child was too close to his food. He’s wary at the vets, is house-trained and has been ok being left for a few hours with the other dog. He slept in the kitchen and travels well in the car. He pulls on the lead and was used to a slip lead, was never let off as he has no recall. He still enjoys toys. Max is a lovely affectionate boy and adores human attention so would be better as an only pet and without young children.

 


 

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

 


JASPER  

Home from Home - Grimsby

 

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

2yrs

Breed:

Dogue de Bordeaux

Size:

Very large and may still fill out

Colour:

Tan

Brought From:

Remaining in own home until adoption

Reason For Rescue:

Bullying and fighting unsprayed bitch in the home

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due April '14

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Wainwright's large dog complete

Behavioural History:

Very boisterous, very friendly and loves cuddles

Likes:

Adults, living with children aged 11 years and 23 months and very good with them, fine with larger dogs when out

Dislikes:

Other dog in home, will chase cats and smaller dogs, doesn’t like fireworks, has become frightened of going out into the garden in the dark since last Guy Fawkes

Additional Information:

Jasper has never shown any aggression to people and loves affection. He’s well-behaved at the vets and in kennels. He’s started showing aggression to the other dog since around firework time and is proving very dominant over her to the extent he’s having to be kept separately from her in the house. He loves people but his greetings are rather overwhelming due to his size. He’s house-trained but does have an accident overnight if he can’t be enticed out for a late night wee, but he is beginning to improve. He’s not normally left and has never been left for more than 2-3 hours. He sleeps on blankets in the back room and travels well in the car. He’s a very strong dog and does tend to pull on the lead at first, but settles after a few minutes, unless he sees a dog or cat. He’s not let off the lead but has good recall at home, otherwise it would be selective. He plays with toys and loves chasing a tennis ball. This affectionate dog must go as an only pet and needs a strong, energetic handler with experience who can take him back to basics and teach him a few house manners.

UPDATE 01/04/14

Jasper's owner has taken advice from a behaviourist who has found that the trigger to his aggression to the other dog is the fireworks which appear to put him into attack mode. he hasn't started training as he's been advised this is best done from the start by the new owner, but his current one is willing to make a contribution to it to ensure he gets the right training. he has also bought Jasper a strong cage (he wrecks less strong ones) and he's been considerably better since being put into that at night.

PLEASE NOTE:
Jasper is NOT at the Ark but remaining in his own home in Grimsby until adoption where he can be seen. If you are interested in offering him a home, please contact the Ark in the first instance by phoning 01507 358140 or 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 will be requested upon adoption.

 


 

SWEEP  

Home from Home - Nottingham

 

 
Sex:

Female

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

German Shepherd

Size:

Large

Colour:

Black and tan

Brought From:

Remaining in own home until adoption

Reason For Rescue:

Not keen around young children and owner has a new grandchild, also struggling to cope with dog physically and financially since separating from husband

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due Sept '14

Medical History:

Has occasional skin allergy, cause unknown, treated with antihistamines if needed (not expensive), otherwise fit and well

Diet:

Meat and complete

Behavioural History:

Loving dog, quite playful

Likes:

Adults, fine with children over 10 years

Dislikes:

Not happy around younger children,(jealous behaviour), lived with a cat and doesn’t like them, not lived with another dog, will pull towards them and bark and would be aggressive if got too close

Additional Information:

Sweep has never shown any aggression to people but doesn’t like young children. She’s never shown any food aggression and doesn’t like going to the vets and will pull away.  She’s house-trained and can safely be left for a reasonable time, sleeps in her owner’s bedroom and travels reasonably well in the car. She’s very strong on the lead but hasn’t been tried on a harness, hasn’t been let off as he recall is poor. She destroys balls but likes rope toys and chew bones. This lovely-looking girl is very much a people dog and obviously prefers them to other animals so needs to be an only pet in an adult home, or where there are older children only. She needs a strong and energetic owner with large dog experience who will give her the exercise and training she needs.

PLEASE NOTE:
Sweep is NOT at the Ark but remaining in her own home in Nottingham until adoption where she can be seen. If you are interested in offering her a home, please contact the Ark in the first instance by phoning 01507 358140 or 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 will be requested upon adoption.

 


 

DUKE  

 

 
Sex:

Male

Age:

4yrs

Breed:

Rottweiler

Size:

Very large

Colour:

Black and white

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Too much to handle

Neutered:

No

Vaccinated:

Done 26/02/14

Medical History:

Has recently had a stomach upset and lost weight, otherwise well

Diet:

Meat and complete, slightly sick after food

Behavioural History:

Very boisterous

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.