15 on Seventh Open Day Success

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On 13 June 2015, the team from 15 on Seventh hosted an open day in aid of Ark Animal Centre, and raised over R10,000 for our rescue puppies!!!

It was a great family day that saw the beautiful Mrs South Africa 2015, Sarah Kate Scott arrive along with the elegant 2016 finalists who all had their share of puppy love!

As a charity, we are often approached with companies or people who “want to help us” but really they just want to piggy back off our fan base to promote their business, and we get R1/R10 etc per like/referral. There are very, VERY few people who genuinely will host an entire day in aid of our shelter, and not expect anything in return. We are so thankful to Dr Mark Steinmann and his team for being one of the few truly good people who gave without expectation or T’s & C’s. We feel so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible animal lovers. Thank you sooooooo much!!!

Big, big thank you to the following companies and people who made the day possible:

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The Local Grill for sponsoring the delicious burgers

Holstein Meats for the boeries and pregos!

The beautiful Sarah-Kate Scott – Mrs South Africa 2015 and Mrs South Africa and all the finalists!!!

The uber talented Debra Lee Photography

Last but not least to SkinCeuticalsDermaQuestVita LiberataRogue RoyaltyillyHotpod Yoga, and everyone that came to show your support!

What a wonderful world…

marika gothlin and basset puppy Every now and then something happens that is proof that showcases the good and kindness in the world… Marika Gothlin is an Swedish immigrant, and last year for the first time in her life adopted a dog; a beautiful 6 month old Biewer Yorkshire Terrier (Noah) from Ark Animal Centre. To her surprise Noah molded into her lifestyle and stole her heart.

Often speechless as words cannot describe how amazing it is to have him in her life, Marika expresses how wonderful Noah is with her 3 daughters and husband, Noah has become part of their family. In December she cancelled her trip to Sweden primarily because Must Love Dogs, boutique hotel was fully booked and she couldn’t bear to leave him with anyone else.

Ark was lucky to have received 3 Basset Hound Puppies on the 26 April they were quarantined and the little male (Goerge) had a very strange eye condition, after visiting Palm Gardens Vet it was clear that the puppy was in need of an expensive operation to remove a Dermoid in the eye. On the second of May Marika and her family popped into Ark Animal Centre, for a visit, they had booked another little Yorkie as they felt Noah needed a friend. However whilst spending time with the pups in the kennels, they noticed little George and Tracy explained the nature of his condition. Marika asked if she could foster little George for a week. On the 6th May Marika returned to Ark and to our surprise had taken George for the operation on her account. An amazing lady with a very warm heart has given this little Basset Hound and opportunity to a beautiful life. He was adopted by a loving family and is now living in the lap of luxury. While Marika ended up adopting another one of our rescue pooches, Sammy.  Big thank you to Marika Gothlin and her amazing family!!!!!!!

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Noah and Sammy adopted from Ark Animal Centre, September 2014 and May 2015.

Teenager Holiday Program at Ark

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ARK ANIMAL CENTRE TEENAGER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Students will be working to a structured daily programme which is designed to enable them to learn life skills that they will not be able to learn in everyday life. Students will learn to take responsibility for themselves as well as their group. They will learn more about themselves and their capabilities, which will increase their confidence in their abilities. Students will learn to think ‘out of the box’ in a fun, relaxed environment. On completion of this course students will have an intimate knowledge of how a shelter is run, their canine knowledge will be extensive and they will have gained confidence in their ability to take care of themselves in regard to being lost, feeding themselves, first aid and pioneering skills which will be of lifelong value to them.

Community service is a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn about those not as fortunate as them, as well as learning to give. The problems we have encountered is that the students are walking away with very little learned skills which in our opinion is just wasted time. We want our students to have gained an intimate knowledge of the workings of the shelter as well as outdoor skills, which is ideal for any student to grasp an insight into what they are capable of achieving on their own and with others. The students will be working under instructors well versed in there various activities and will be monitored throughout all activities.

  • When:            Monday to Friday
  • Time:              9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Where:           17 Howard Ave, Chartwell
  • Cost:              R1500.00 per week
  • Other Info:     Full lunch included. Ages 11 – 18 years old. Will count towards community service hours. Bookings essential. No walk-ins accepted. Payment in full beforehand.

Dates: 
6 – 10th April
20 – 24th April
27th April to 1st May

Phone 087 742 2211 or 082 334 7596 to book your place or e-mail info@arkanimalcentre.co.za

The following will be covered during the program:

Animal Care

  • training of dogs
  • healthcare
  • diseases
  • welfare education
  • dog walking
  • dog grooming

Outdoor education

  • cooking skills
  • pioneering
  • first aid
  • basic life skills

Life with Hayley an Angel in Disguise

Hayley on the day she was adopted from Ark Animal Centre

Hayley on the day she was adopted from Ark Animal Centre

A lovely update from Diane on her Ark baby, Hayley, who she adopted a year ago from Ark Animal Centre, and how she filled the lives and hearts of a family in mourning…sometimes the “rescue dog” isn’t the one being saved. Read their story below :)

Hey all… So it’s nearly a year since I adopted Hayley. At first she was a major pain and chewed my bed, Oakleys and more…. But she has crept into the heart of her big brother, granny, aunties, uncles and pretty much everyone. Most importantly, my heart.

Unfortunately she has irritable bowel syndrome which had earned her the nickname: Princess Poopy Pants. When she farts and you are driving, you find a park. FAST!! Hayley got her Bronze Canine Good Citizen in November despite everyone (including me, excluding the KUSA judge) thinking she could not do it. She is excelling as an obedience dog and will be doing her first obedience completion next month.

Training aside… She has become my cuddle bug and K’s best friend. KD has lost a load of weight with having her around and hates when she has school cause she is not around. For my family, Hayley has been a healing tool after the loss of my dad. I fostered her a week after he died and she crept into our hearts. My sister in law is a cat person and actually had to get a dog after Hayley came into our lives!!!

Mom often says how much Dad would have loved her. I think she would have adored him and think he may have stollen her from me. Thank you for recommending this very special girl to me. She has changed my world and refocused my whole family at a time when we needed something more than sympathy.

Written by: Diane Logie

What is Ark Animal Centre?

This incredible 4 minute video will give you an inside understanding of who and what the Ark Animal Centre is, and how you can get involved and help make a difference :)

Click this link to view it: https://youtu.be/sovmFsna_NI

Big thank you to the following people who made this video possible:
Eilidh Goosen
Rick Joaquim of Duck Rabbit Studios
Andrew John Lonie
Kasmario Fankis
C.A. Van Aswegen of FiX Post Production
Adam Lomas & Brian Mullany of Fireball Productions

Social on Main’s RAK Nomination 2015

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Social on Main an upmarket cocktail bar and restaurant situated in Bryanston, Johannesburg was nominated for a RAK Nomination by local Indie band, The Motherland, and has chosen to support Ark Animal Centre by adding a gourmet hotdog to their menu whereby R2 from every sale will be donated to our puppy shelter.

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The scrumptious hotdog that will help support the Ark Puppies

The new menu launches in March, so be sure to make your way to this beautiful venue and try it out! For more information or directions visit www.socialonmain.co.za 

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Spay and Neuter Clinic Campaign

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We will be opening the Ark Veterinary Spay and Neuter Clinic in Chartwell. The clinic will offer serilisations at reduced rates, making it more affordable to the general public.

Why? What is the motivation behind this project?

The problem that the shelter often sees, is that we are regularly getting in puppies from the same people in the community. These people are sitting with 10 – 15 dogs per property all unsterilised, and they are not in a position to sterilise each dog at the current veterinary cost. R1500+ is a car or medical aid payment for most people nowadays.

Now we all know that you shouldn’t have 10 or 15 dogs if you can’t afford to sterilize them, BUT the reality is they do! This mindset is not going to change in a hurry so the best we can do for these animals is sterilize at reduced rates.

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We have chatted to these individuals and they are willing to sterilise their pets at a reduced rate.

We also have the surrounding informal settlements who can’t even afford the reduced rate, for this we are asking the public to sponsor any amount towards these costs, as we are not in a position to sponsor the hundreds of sterilisations needed in the community.

We do not believe in ‘no charge’, responsibility has to be taken, so even if they can only afford R5.00 they must contribute to their dogs sterilisation.

We would also like to extend the clinic’s services to other rescue organisations in order for them to get their animals sterilised at reduced rates.

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Ark Animal Centre sees the clinic as the only solution for the problem we encounter on a daily basis from the general public.

The vets in our area are behind this initiative, as we are focusing on the members of the public who cannot afford to take their animals to a vet.

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What we need to set up the clinic:

  • Refurbished anesthetic machine
  • 2x Spay set
  • 2x Spay cradle
  • 2x Stainless steel tables
  • Teeth cleaning set
  • Holding cages
  • Extra’s eg: tubes, swabs, blades, drip sets, sink etc.
  • Autoclave
  • Surgery lamp
  • Aircon
  • Fridge

Estimated cost: R150,000 – R200,000

We believe in helping ourselves before asking others for help. This a big project for the community and we are unable to do this on our own. We are now asking the public for some assistance to complete this life changing community project as we believe this is the way to be pro-active in solving all these unwanted pregnancies. This is not going to be a clinic for sick animals, this is purely a spay and neuter clinic.

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How to get involved and help make a difference: 

  1. Donating money towards the equipment and set up of the clinic.
  2. Contributing towards one of the sponsored sterilisations.

To donate please use the below banking details and use these references:

  • Donation towards set up of the clinic please use: Clinic
  • Donation towards a sponsored sterilisation please use: Sponsor

Ark Animal Centre

FNB Cheque Account: 62335841301

Branch: Broadacres Code: 204809

SWIFT code: TIRNZAJJ (for international donations)

The total amount needed for this project is roughly R200,000, ANY amount donated will be greatly appreciated.

*Please note: In order for us to send through a thank you letter, please email us your details to info@arkanimalcentre.co.za with the relevant references (clinic or sponsor) in the subject line.


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Let’s work together to spread the word and make a difference in this world! Keep checking our website to see our “Make A Difference Meter” grow!

21 January 2015 UPDATE! In less than a week we’ve already managed to raise R6850 for our Spay & Neuter Clinic!! Woohoo!! Please keep sharing to help us reach our goal!

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