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


With immediate effect, kennels will be out of bounds to the public . If you want to view a particular dog staff will be happy to bring the dog out to meet you. We’ve had a noise abatement notice served upon us and have to find a way to keep the dogs quieter, so can no longer allow anybody but staff to enter the kennel blocks. The cats can still be viewed in the usual way.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everybody who has sent messages of support and advice as well as many kind donations and signed our petition (over 11,000 signatures in just over a week and still counting!) towards our cause. We’ve been so encouraged and uplifted by all our wonderful supporters and it’s given us the strength to carry on. We’re looking into ways to soundproof kennels nearest the complainant, as well as repair the roof, so will hopefully be back up to our full complement of dogs.


Please see our GoFundMe appeal to help towards a new roof for our rescue kennels by going to our FB page:

Thank you to everybody who has responded so generously to this appeal. Work is due to start later this week (10/12) so soon we’ll be able to keep our dogs warm and dry again.


Exercise area for hire £5.00 for half-hour £7.50 for hour safe enclosed area to hire for off lead dog training. Booking required, not available Saturdays ATM hours 9-3. For further details and pictures, please go to our Latest News page.


With effect from 1st April 2018 we have been regretfully forced to increase our adoption donations due to increases in our vet bills, electricity and other essential needs. New rates can be found on our Adoption Agreement page


If anybody is planning on sending donations of money, please think of paying money straight into our vet account by ringing 01472 840209 and you can pay over the phone.


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




We need a home checker to help out in the Louth area, This is a volunteer post and is on an as needed basis. Instruction will be given as required.


A very prolific knitter of blankets in Grimsby is rapidly running out of wool. If youhave any to spare, please get in touch. We can collect. Thank you.


Those hungry cats and kittens are eating us out of house and home! We badly need adult cat tinned food in JELLY and kitten pouches in JELLY. If anybody is thinking of donating food, please donate cat/kitten food. Thank you!


Dog food, both wet and dry. The most useful is the plain kibble (no coloured) in chicken or chicken and rice varieties and tinned meat in jelly or Chappie.

Fleece blankets and vet beds

We always need catfood, both wet and dry and kitten pouches in jelly.

Cotton wool for bathing kittens’ eyes and for microchipping

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.

larryLarry is our December 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.


Porsche and her son Coco are our December Cats 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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