Over the past few years we have had great success with the rehoming of our older dogs, with the help of the Oldies Club website (www.oldies.org.uk)However there are always more older dogs coming in, so we have decided to separate those over six or seven years old from the younger ones to give them better visibility on our site, by dedicating a page to them alone.

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 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.
Unfortunately the free vaccination voucher scheme has had to cease due to the funding for it coming to an end. We hope to secure more funding in the future so we can resume it.

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.

Many people bypass older dogs, but those that do adopt them say, without exception, that the rewards of taking on an oldie are wonderful, knowing they are helping them to feel safe, warm and happy again in their latter years and however short a time they have left and however upsetting their loss may be, it's all worthwhile. In fact, so worthwhile that most of them do it all over again!

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.

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.

The following lovely poem has been sent in to us by somebody who was looking for an older dog to be a companion.

We think you'll agree that it will touch a few hearts and ring bells for many.

The Shadow in the Corner

There's a rustle in the bushes but it's only the wind today,
There's a ball and a squeaky rabbit but no-one wants to play
On the corner of my tea tray, two quarter-biscuits wait
And nobody tries to pinch those chips at the edge of my dinner plate.

There's a dog-shaped hole in the doorway and the same shaped hole in my heart;
I just cannot accept it and I don't know where to start,
Because that shadow in the corner is too dark and I can see
When I come in through the doorway, no-one's looking back at me.

But deep within my sorrow there's a tiny gleam of light;
I have seen an old lost doggy, at the Ark, on their website.
When I look into those old, dark eyes, it really seems I see
He only needs some-one to love him, needs it just as much as me.

And now we both have been assessed, and so it's time to meet;
I'm going with a lot of hope, some worries and a treat.
I know he'll never be the same as that old friend of mine,
But maybe we can make it work, with patience and a little time.
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My empty plate means life is once more as it's meant to be,
And from the shadow in the corner, two brown eyes look back at me!

By John of Lincolnshire


So please look at the dogs featured below and see if you can find it in your heart to offer a home to one of them and make them happy again in their old age - and your life complete into the bargain!


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.

 

LILLY
Reserved

 

 
Sex: Female
Age:

8yrs

Breed:

Japanese Akita

Size: Large
Colour:

Tan and white

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Owner homeless

Neutered:

No, unknown when last season was

Vaccinated:

No, to be done

Medical History:

Never registered with vat as couldn’t afford it but fit and well

Diet:

Tinned meat

Behavioural History:

Friendly and lively, steady girl, also described as lazy (but not seen this so far)

Likes:

Adults, lived with two young children and fine with them, not lived with dogs but mixes well with them, unknown around cats

Dislikes:

Feet being touched

Additional Information:

Lilly hasn’t shown any aggression and is good around food. She’s never been to the vets or in kennels and had settled very happily at first, but is now finding kennel life difficult, is refusing to eat, is pining and losing weight. She’s house-trained and has been used to being left all day outside. She slept in the kitchen, travels well in the car, is steady on the lead but not let off so her recall is unknown. She doesn’t play with toys much. Lilly now needs a secure family home where she’ll get the care and attention she needs. we'd like to rehome her asap to prevent her any further kennel stress.

UPDATE 30/05/14

Reserved, pending satisfactory cat testing


 

TESS
 

 
Sex: Female
Age:

8yrs

Breed:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Size: Medium
Colour:

Brindle

Brought From:

Another rescue

Reason For Rescue:

Stray, been in rescue kennels for several years and has become institutionalised

Neutered:

No, last season unknown

Vaccinated:

Yes, booster due July '14

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Meat and complete

Behavioural History:

Friendly, lively, loves people

Likes:

Adults, unknown with children and cats, seems to mix fine with other dogs and sharing with a male Staffy

Dislikes:

Being on lead and will chew through it in excitement, but will also catch your hand if try to stop her, needs a metal lead, scared of noise from other dogs in kennels

Additional Information:

Tess has never shown any aggression and isn’t possessive over food and is ok at the vets. After all this time in rescue we don’t know if she’s house-trained or how long she can be left but she doesn’t soil in her bedroom area. She travels well in the car, pulls and chews on the lead so is difficult to walk, hasn’t been let off and her recall is unknown. She loves to play fetch but is destructive with her toys. Tess is a bit of a challenge after so long out of a home environment but will really benefit from a loving and patient owner.



 

LUCY & DAISY
 

 

 
Sex:

Both females

Age:

Both 14yrs

Breed:

Lucy - West Highland Terrier/Daisy - Cairn Terrier

Size:

Both small

Colour:

Lucy – white/Daisy – brown/grey

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Rehomed from stepfather due to his ill-health and now working hours mean has to leave a long time and also work away on occasions

Neutered:

Both - yes

Vaccinated:

Have lapsed over last few years

Medical History:

Daisy had back right leg amputated 5 years ago due to cancer, but no problems since. She gets around fine and can climb stairs. Both fit and well

Diet:

Tesco turkey and veg complete am and Pal and mixer pm

Behavioural History:

Both very loving and just want company and fuss, still play sometimes

Likes:

Adults, have mixed with visiting children, not so much recently, and been fine with them, not lived with or socialised with other dogs much and may bark, but no aggression

Dislikes:

Not lived with cats and don’t like them, don’t like not being around people

Additional Information:

These lovely little old ladies have never shown any aggression and are good in kennels and at the vets. It’s best to feed them separately as greedy Lucy may pinch Daisy’s food if she gets a chance. They’re house-trained and don’t get stressed if left together, but may make puddles if left more than a few hours. They share a bed in the kitchen at night and when left and travel well in the car. They both pull on the lead in excitement, aren’t let off the lead and daisy will recall but Lucy is more likely to run off although she tends to follow Daisy’s example. They’ve been exercised in the garden recently. They like soft toys but won’t chase a ball. They would be ideal companions for an older person who will be around most of the day and are looking for a home together as they’ve never been apart in 14 years.

 


 

ZARA
 

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Sex: Female
Age:

9yrs

Breed:

Labrador X Rottweiler

Size:

Very large

Colour:

Black and tan

Brought From:

Home

Reason For Rescue:

Not being properly looked after following a family break up

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Lapsed, will be updated

Medical History:

Fit and well but overweight

Diet:

Meat and complete

Behavioural History:

A friendly girl but can be protective

Likes:

Adults, not lived with children but met a visiting 10 year old and seemed fine, but lived outside,

Dislikes:

Not lived with cats and will chase, not keen on other dogs

Additional Information:

Zara hasn't shown any aggression to people but can show aggression to other dogs and around food. She's fine in kennels and at the vets, is house-trained and can be left 3-4 hours. She slept in a kennel with a run outside and travels well in the car. Zara is good on the lead, is ok off the lead and will recall to a treat and the words “What’s this?”. She's not been introduced to toys. She came in with her son, Frank, who has now been adopted. She's a large girl and will need plenty of space.


 

PENNY
Home from Home Adoptiom - Messingham, nr Scunthorpe

 
Sex: Female
Age:

9-10yrs approx

Breed:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross

Size: Medium
Colour:

Black with white patches on chest and muzzle

Brought From:

Remaining in own home till adoption

Reason For Rescue:

Ill-health of owner making it difficult to cope

Neutered:

Yes

Vaccinated:

Yes

Medical History:

Fit and well

Diet:

Meat and Complete

Behavioural History:

A friendly girl

Likes:

Adults, unknown at present with children and cats

Dislikes:

Very dog aggressive

Additional Information:

Penny was transferred to the Ark from another rescue where she’d been taken as a stray. This is the second time she's needed a new home since then through no falult of her own, her previous owner having to move away and couldn't take her.Nothing is known about her past but she’s a lovely friendly dog and is fine with adults, not having been known to show any aggression to people. She does pull onher lead when she sees other dogs and her current owner is having difficulty holding her on these occasions, although she walks quite well on the lead when there are no distractions. She needs to be an only pet due to her dog aggression and also needs a very secure garden as she can get over a fairly high fence despite her age. A home in an area where whe wouldn't meet many dogs would be ideal for her.

PLEASE NOTE:
Penny is NOT at the Ark but remaining in in her own home in Messingham, nr Scunthorpe 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.