Ark Newsletter

There is a lot going on at the Ark and we are becoming increasingly busy. New arrivals, fundraising events and lots of changes going on all interest our many visitors and supporters.To keep everyone up to date and to promote our work we are producing a newsletter every month. If you want to be sent a copy of the newsletter when we publish it just email us, and we’ll add you to the list. Obviously, in the interests of saving money, we’d rather email it to you than post it.You can view our latest newsletter below.


Dog Training Classes




Summer Class Timetable!!

 So now the summer is finally here we are proud to announce our new timetable! All classes are held at the Ark North Somercotes LN11 7NX for more details call Pamela on 07803 307882


10am – Puppy Socialising and essential life skills

(Course for puppies from 2nd Vaccination to 20 weeks old)

11am – Good Puppy Ownership Scheme

(Course for puppies from 20 weeks to 12 months with social skills and training)

12pm – Team Training

(Course for puppies/juniors looking for further training from 5 months to 3 years old)

1pm – Dog Park

(Friendly dogs only)

2pm – Fun Agility

(Pay in Advance for all levels of ability)


11am Dog Park

6pm – Beginners Agility

(Course open to everyone interested and dogs of all abilities)

7pm – Dog Park

All classes marked as Courses are 6 weeks long and £65

Dog Park is £5 per dog pay as you go

Fun Agility on Saturdays is pay as you go £10 bookable no less than 24 hours in advance.

All courses start Saturday 7th July and all must be booked in advance apart from Dog Park.

All classes and courses use only gentle methods and are designed to optimise the bond between owner and dog. We use reward based training and promote a strong understanding of the natural behaviour of canines to have educational and fun classes for all.

Appeal for Rory


Original wound May ’17







Meet Rory who came into The Ark in May last year with a horrendous cat collar wound. He was found as a stray, the wound was extensive and maggot infested. He has been on antibiotics since with twice daily cleaning and has had laser treatment too
However his wound now has stopped healing with no progress the last 6 weeks. After consulting vets it has been decided to try surgical approach to get a fresh blood supply ( similar to skin graft ) The approximate cost for his operation is £500 . With our recent larger than normal vet bill due to recent cat flu we are struggling to keep our vet bill down. Rory has a home lined up but can’t go until his wound is healed. This has taken so long due to the location ( under armpit ). We’re asking if anyone wants to donate towards his operation to contact Eastfield vets direct 01472 840209. We’re very grateful for everyone’s support. Rory is such a character and is worth every penny donated
Weds 10th Jan ’18: Thank you in advance. £200 raised so far thank you ….Rory has had his operation today fingers and toes crossed for him. It went ok and he has to spend 5 days at the vets.                                                                                                                            Friday 12th January 
Went to visit Rory at the vets today Thanks to Jeremy at Eastfield vets . He’s on strong pain relief and is comfortable. His surgery went well was more complicated than first anticipated and more complex . The approx cost is now £750 so ANY donations no matter how small ( it all adds up ) really will be appreciated.His surgery has come at a point where we are very low on funds but he really is a cool cat who deserves a chance.                                                                                                                                           Saturday 10th February: Rory came home to the Ark this week from the vets, following an extended stay when he had a setback and his wound started breaking down. He’s still on medication and cage rest but at last seems to be healing well. None of this would have been possible if he weren’t such a calm, laid-back cat who has accepted everything that’s been thrown at him. It’s been a tremendously long journey for him but it’s now looking as if he’s turned the corner and is on the homeward stretch. Out heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed towards his vet bill and made this possible.                                                                                                                                    Friday 16th February: Rory is going to his home this weekend. He’s now allowed out of his cage for limited periods each day and his wound has just about completely healed. The final bill was £1,150. None of this would have been possible without the help of our wonderful supporters and without Rory’s amazing temperament that has allowed him to put up with so much. He’s such a great cat, so full of character, that it’s been worth it to see him fully recovered and we’re so happy for him but will miss him so much! here he is with Emma, our cat lady.







Our Newest Addition







We recently rescued a pair of donkeys called Morse and Vera. It soon became obvious that Vera was pregnant and she gave birth to a a small but healthy female foal overnight on Sat/Sun 10th/11th June. She’s absolutely gorgeous and Vera is proving a good mum despite only being young herself. She has been named Dory by Pauline Rice’s 2 year-old great granddaughter, Belle.

Sad News

paulineIt is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Pauline Rice, the Ark founder. Pauline started the Ark over 30 years ago and has been the inspiration behind the rescue and rehoming of thousands of animals over the years. She was loved by all who met her, both four-legged and humans and has left a great legacy behind of love and compassion. Her daughter Sue and her granddaughter Laura , our manager and deputy manager respectively, are continuing the work Pauline started and carrying that legacy forward so that Pauline will never be forgotten. She died peacefully yesterday evening, 27th April 2017.

Pauline’s funeral is at Alford crematorium on Wed 17th May at 11am. As requested by her, please no black, wear bright colours. For those that want to follow her from The Ark please be at The Ark for no later than 9.30am as there is a special send off planned. She asked for two Fresian horses as part of her journey and they will convey her coffin to a waiting hearse at Saltfleet. For those wishing to pay their respects in North Somercotes we plan to drive through village at approx 9.45-10am. We hope to give her a carnival feel as she wished. Please feel free to join in and afterwards we are at The Church Hall for a gathering and celebration of her wonderful life from approx 12.30. The Ark will be closed to the public on Wednesday.

Bedding Donations

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 whould be very much appreciated. Thank you

New paved area


Regular followers of the Ark will be aware of our recent appeal for paving slabs. They have now been laid and will provide a lovely dry exercise area for the dogs during winter months, The area has yet to be fenced but we hope to have it up and running before the winter weather arrives. It will make life easier for the staff with a paved, easy-to-clean area to turn the dogs out onto for exercise and while cleaning kennels out and reduce the amount of clean bedding required because they don’t get so wet and muddy as in the graa pens – a win-win situation.

Thank you to everybody who has donated paving slabs, helped with delivering them to the Ark or helped in any other way. Yet one more improvement in the way we care for our dogs.


New bridge for dog walkers

new_bridgeWe’ve had a bridge built from the back of the rehoming kennels onto the lane outside, thanks to our Lifestyle team The Gauntlets Strike Back, who have raised to money to make it possible. This means that our dog walkers can now take the dogs out without having to pass through the main gates, so avoiding any cats in the area or cars arriving at or leaving the Ark. We had to stop any dog walking for health & safety reasons  and just exercise the dogs in the paddocks but it has now resumed again, giving our walkers the opportunity to do some lead training..





Free 5 weeks insurance for all dogs and cats adopted.

The Ark has negotiated terms with AGRIA Pet Insurance and can now send every newly-adopted dog and cat on it’s way to it’s new home with a free 5-week insurance. Each adoption pack will include details of the insurance and there’s a banner on each adoption page and the front page of our website which owners can click on for more details or to apply for further insurance. This is for all cats and dogs, whatever their age. It doesn’t include rabbits and guinea pigs at the moment.

An added bonus is that if a new owner decides to take out longer term insurance for their new pet with Agria, a donation will be sent to the Ark, so this is just another way of supporting us.