About Ark Animal Centre

Ark Animal Centre Logo - Final SMALL copyWho we are:

Ark Animal Centre is the fastest growing rehabilitation and re-homing shelter in South Africa, and is the only shelter that specifically caters for pregnant mom dogs and puppies.

We have a no suffer policy for animals in our care. Based in Fourways, JHB, we specialise in the rehabilitation and re-homing of puppies, pregnant mom’s and small breed dogs from all types of backgrounds. We take in puppies from all over Gauteng and we home puppies country wide. We homed 100 dogs in our first 100 days – a first in welfare. PBO Number: 930053318

Our shelter facilities are built for small breed dogs and puppies. We do not take in any adult dogs, only puppies under 3 months old and pregnant moms. 

If you need help re-homing an adult dog because the other shelters are full please post a picture along with your contact details, animal name and description on our Facebook wall and we will network him/her to try re-home 🙂

What makes us different:

  • We are a passionate, innovative and creative team.
  • We are forward thinking in all aspects of welfare.
  • We go above and beyond for any animal that needs our help.
  • We believe fully in team work and often join forces with other shelters to benefit South Africa’s abused and abandoned animals.
  • We help ourselves before asking others for help.
  • We are positive, energetic and friendly.
  • Our founder sold her home in order to buy a new property for our rescue animals.
  • We give as much as we take.
  • When people adopt an animal from Ark they are forever part of the “Ark Family”

How you can help:

Volunteers and community students are welcome to visit the shelter. Our puppies love nothing better than a good cuddle and walk.

Our biggest expense at the moment is food and vet bills. We do not have a food sponsor. The cost of running our shelter every month is sitting on about R90 000 per month. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Should you wish to contribute financially please see our banking details below:

Ark Animal Centre

FNB Cheque Account: 62335841301

Branch: Broadacres Code: 204809

SWIFT code: TIRNZAJJ (for international donations)

Our Adoption Process:

To adopt a puppy from us is a very enjoyable experience.  We suggest you come visit our shelter and get a feel for what type of dog you are looking for. Our awesome team will assist you while you fill out the application form and we will do various reference checks while you meet the available puppies.

You can spend as much time as you need meeting and playing with all the pup’s until you find the one who steals your heart. When you have decided, we then ask you to fill out an adoption contract and you can then tie your new baby home.

Our adoption fee is R1000 which includes the first 2 inoculations, de-worming and sterilisation.

Contact us:

087 74 22211

17 Howard Avenue, Chartwell/Millgate (no GPS coordinates available)

Adoptions and general info: info@arkanimalcentre.co.za

Fundraising and events: candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za


Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am – 3:30pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays: CLOSED

We can be found on the following social media platforms:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ArkAnimalCentre

Twitter – www.twitter.com/ArkAnimalCentre

Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/ArkAnimalCentre

Instagram – www.instagram.com/ArkAnimalCentre

YouTube – www.youtube.com/ArkAnimalCentre

Our favourites quote:

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Our SMS line:

Help us now by SMSing  ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48748. R10 per sms. All SA networks.

Map to Ark Animal Centre:

Map to Ark Animal Centre Millgate chartwell fourways animal shelter

Directions to the shelter:

From Cedar road drive towards Lanseria until you get to the T-junction. Turn left onto the R114. Drive exactly 1.1km and turn left at the Ark Sign onto a sand road. Follow the sand road until you see a big white wall with our Ark logo. We are inside the wall.
From Hans Strydom/Malibongwe drive towards Lanseria until you get to the Lion Park intersection. Turn right onto the R114. Drive about 2km and turn right at the Ark Sign onto a sand road. Follow the sand road until you see a big white wall with our Ark logo. We are inside the wall.
From Centurion get onto the N14 and take the R512 off ramp and turn left. At the next robot which is the Lion Park intersection turn left onto the R114. Drive about 2km and turn right at the Ark Sign onto a sand road. Follow the sand road until you see a big white wall with our Ark logo. We are inside the wall.
Please consider applying or adding us to your MySchool/MyPlanet card. It doesn’t cost you a cent, but is a major help to our centre! 🙂 Ask your friends and family to sign up as well – the more the merrier!! 

ark accepted as a myplanet myschool beneficiary for blog and fb advert_edited-1

History of the shelter:

Ark Animal Centre is one of Johannesburg’s leading rehabilitation and re-homing animal shelters specialising in puppies and pregnant dogs. Ark was formed in July 2011 and in their first hundred days, they homed 100 puppies – a first in welfare.

With a team of passionate, innovative and creative individuals behind Ark, the centre has grown tremendously in the last few years. In their first month they received over 10,000 emails, Ark’s Facebook page exploded and hit 2000 likes in 10 months (organic growth) and to date they have homed thousands of puppies to approved homes around South Africa.

They are a non-profit, no-suffer centre that was formed by Tracy Otto, her two daughters and their intense love for dogs. The success of Ark has been due to the hard, endless work, and helping hands from all over SA as well as the all-important team work aspect of working with other welfares and foster-families.

They are based in the Chartwell area of Johannesburg, but have people all over the country who support their cause.

Thanks to Tracy’s friendly, easygoing and fun loving attitude, Ark is very popular with volunteers and community service students who arrive to help over weekends and during the school holidays. Ark also provides holiday programs for children as well as adults who want to learn more about dogs and their wellbeing.

Ark cares for their animals physically and emotionally in a caring, loving, non-institutionalised environment. Ark’s premises are lovely. With the puppies having their own kennels fenced off inside beautiful grassy areas with trees and lots of toys to keep them entertained. It is a puppy paradise! No more square concrete boxes that make you cry. People leave Ark feeling happy and always come back to visit or volunteer.

Ark’s main focus is education and awareness. Their aim is to create awareness and adjust the public’s perception of their responsibilities to animals. “If education, legislation and welfare unite, we can alter the future of all animals in South Africa.” said Tracy.

All Ark puppies are homed to approved, well suited homes and sterilisation is mandatory. An adoption fee is charged for each puppy which includes, sterilisation, the first 2 inoculations and de-worming. Ark does not make any money off the adoption fee and previous medical and food costs are not charged for.

As a non-profit organisation, their survivability is dependent on the support of the public as well as the donations they recieve, eg: puppy food, blankets, treats, 3ml syringes etc.

If you would like to adopt, volunteer or support Ark Animal Centre, please see details below:

info@arkanimalcentre.co.za | +27 87 742 2211
FNB Cheque Broadacres – Account: 62335841301 – Branch Code: 204809
Find them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: /ArkAnimalCentre

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