About arkanimalcentre

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

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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Merry Christmas from Ark!

Christmas Wishes 2014 from Ark animal centre puppy shelter charity

Thanks to your support this year, our shelter has grown in leaps and bounds. We have worked hard on the shelter grounds to make them look beautiful, which our puppies and visitors are loving! We have also put in a lot of work into our administrative side, and this has improved tremendously and will continue to strengthen next year. We now have a Kennel Manager and Admin Officer who have joined our team. For us this is a true blessing.

We would like to thank our loyal supporters who unfailingly support us financially every single month through sponsorship of dogs and pups, MyPlanet card, SMS line and puppy food donations. To our wonderful vets, who are behind us 100%. To our social media followers, your support and encouragement is unwavering. To our volunteers – without you the shelter would not run. A thousand thank you’s to all of you.

We had big plans for 2014, most of which we managed to accomplish thanks to the efforts of many individuals, companies, schools and organisations. We are so appreciative and thankful, words really can’t describe how we feel.

For 2015 we have even bigger goals and dreams to fulfill, one of which is to get our Ark Sterilisation Clinic up and running and available to the public who are not in the position to sterilize their animals.

We wish all our Ark Angels a magical Christmas and New Year!

Christmas Carnival – 14 December 2014

Christmas Carnival at Ark Animal Centre 14 December

You’re Invited to our CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL!!! 

– 14 December 2014
– 10am to 4pm
– Ark Animal Centre, 17 Howard Avenue, Chartwell
– R20 per adult, kids under 13 years old free
– Stands R150 each
– Email kristyotto1@gmail.com or call 0828914242 to book a stand

We are going to have a Build-A-Stocking for your pet stall, Hashtag Smoothies will be selling refreshments, soda station, boerewors rolls, candy floss, popcorn etc, some gift stalls and a kids activity station with face painting, colouring in competitions and more 🙂

Friendly dogs welcome! Cash only! Family fun day!

Christmas Carnival at Ark Animal Centre 14 December

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Tuks Engineering Students Give Back

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We were lucky enough to find ourselves surrounded by the very brainy and enthusiastic 2nd year Engineering students from the University of Pretoria, who came to the shelter to complete their community service for Tuks. They took it upon themselves to designand build our drainage system for our Puppy Central kennels.  They even cleaned the kennels beforehand to understand exactly what problems we were encountering. Below is a few words from Michael Garvie, on why this project was so important to the team 🙂 Photo’s below.

“We are a group of Engineering students from the University of Pretoria. As part of one of our modules, we are required to complete a community service project of our choice. The group decided we wanted to be able to use the knowledge we had obtained thus far in our degree while aiding a needy organisation. We stumbled across Ark Animal Centre thanks to one of our members having recently adopted a puppy from AAC. With the chance to not only test ourselves but also aid needy animals, we agreed that this would be the project for us.

Due to the slope of the land AAC is situated on, heavy rains are a danger for the bottom kennel which had been flooded before, due to rain. We decided we would design and build a drainage system in each kennel, which would allow the rain to be channeled away from the puppies and their kennels, and into the drainage system. It took us a week of hard thinking and even harder work, but we managed to finish. We had put the drainage system into action and secured a mesh over it to prevent puppies getting into the drains. Every test we tried showed the drain to be fully operational and more than able to handle heavy rains, even with the slope of the land. We would like to thank management at Ark Animal Centre for allowing us the opportunity to aid them. We would come work again in a heartbeat. “

From all of our puppies and staff at the shelter, we would like to say a massive thank you to this team of young South African’s for their time, commitment and passion they had during this project. They came in with a fully mapped out plan, followed it to the tee AND completed everything on their own, leaving nothing for us to “clean up” afterwards. We are so grateful that we have a fully functional drainage system now that is working phenomenally well. We are so thankful and appreciative of all your efforts, and you are all most welcome to come back at anytime 🙂

Andreia’s Birthday Experience at Ark

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Andreia who is a Grade 3 student at Assumption Convent took it upon herself to raise funds and awareness for the abused and abandoned puppies at our rescue shelter. This is her story…

Firstly, I just want to again say thank you for making Andreia’s day so special, and definitely something she will remember always!!! She was absolutely exhausted …struggled to get her up for school this morning, and I can definitely hear the conversations around the playground at school today!!!

Just though I had to share her story!! I have a really special little girl. Andreia calls herself the “Dog Whisperer” … and she says that she can talk “Dog”!!!

Let me begin at the beginning … It all started a few weeks ago when I came home from work and told Andreia about a friend of mine at work, Simone, who had just fostered and then adopted a puppy from the Ark Animal Centre. In this discussion I mentioned how important it was to try and adopt a puppy instead of buying one as there are so many rescue dogs in need of a home. I also told her that volunteers can go and spend time with the puppies and play with them at the Centre. She immediately asked if we could go through one Saturday to volunteer to spend time with puppies. I said that maybe we can donate some puppy food to the Centre …and that is how it all started!

She got very excited and said that maybe she can ask her friends at school, Assumption Convent which is in Malvern East, and all her family for donations for the puppies too and to also make them aware of rather adopt a puppy instead of buying one. I was amazed at her as she is currently only in Grade 3 … and said that that was a good idea and that we would see what we could do. She mentioned nothing further after this and I thought that she would just forget about the idea. Let alone did I know how serious she was about this .. two weeks later she brought up the subject again and asked me if I could help create pamphlets for her to hand out at school and for a box to set up in her classroom. I think that she had even spoken to her teacher about this but I told her that before she can do any of this, she would need to ask permission from her school principal first. She was so passionate about getting this up and running that she burst into tears at the prospect of having to wait for permission. It took me about half an hour to calm her down and then I help her (here and there) to write a letter to her principal. Attached is her letter that she wrote to her principal and also the pamphlet that she asked me to help her draft to hand out at school. Unfortunately her school only gave her permission to collect donations from the two Grade 3 classes and not the whole school. She was happy with this because as long as she is able to collect …even the little bit that she can, this makes her happy that she has achieved something for the doggies.

Two weeks later, after asking permission, her principal called her aside (and I received a call from the principal) to tell her that they had decided to do a Civi’s Day at school and all the proceeds from the Civi’s day collected would go towards Andreia’s drive for collections for the Ark Animal Centre. She was so excited and happy and when I got home couldn’t wait to tell me her news. The two Grade 3 classes collected R390,00 which was then handed to Andreia by the principal for the Ark Animal Centre. A number of girls in her class also gave her some food donation or dog bowls or doggie toys for her to start her collection with and every day when I got home from her she would show me the donations she received.

We even went further …her birthday was coming up and Simone suggested the Ark Animal Centre for her birthday party …which was just the cherry on the top of the cake. I got home and mentioned this and she was just over the moon. The next day the talk on the playground at school was all about Ark Animal Centre and her party. I got girls coming up to me asking please can I go to Andreia’s birthday party …and how much does it cost to adopt a puppy etc. Well she said that whoever comes to her party must please bring a donations of doggie food, puppy food or puppy treats. She was eventually able to raise R541,00 and a R100,00 of which was one of her birthday gifts that she insisted gets donated toward Ark Animals.

She would like to send thanks to her school, Assumption Convent, for granting her permission to fulfil this dream that she had and a very big thank you to Mrs Zambon, her primary school principal who helped give permission. She would also like to thank the Grade 3K and Mrs Keller and Grade 3M and Mrs McCormack as well as all her school friends, family friends and her special family for helping her with this project which was …and still is so close to her heart.

As her mother …well I am so blessed with this little Angel that God blessed me with 9 years ago and my heart is so full of thanks for this special gift of …Andreia!!! She teaches me and her dad and her older siblings things every day that we never thought such a young soul can teach us!!!!

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THANK YOU ANDREIA!!! From all the Ark puppies!!!




Mandela Day 2014 at Ark!

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What are you doing for Mandela Day 2014? 

Be sure to visit Ark Animal Centre for another brilliant day honouring the world’s most inspiring human. Click here for how to be part of this incredible day!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Dainfern College Students Help Ark

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We decided we wanted to help Ark Animal Centre. We have volunteered at the centre on many occasions andcame to understand that rescuing and taking care of abandoned puppies is an ongoing task. Each day the puppiesneed to be fed and cared for. We decided to help by raising funds to help take care of the puppies.

We asked fellow pupils at our school to please bake and donate cup cakes and brownies. On one of ourschool Derby days we sold the baked goods and donated all the money to Ark Animal Centre.

The event was very successful and we also raised a lot of awareness for the centre.

To follow on from this we are organising a group work party to go and work at Ark Animal Centrein our next school holiday.

Written By: Hadley Dickinson and Tammy Venter ( Dainfern College).

Crawford Preparatory Cake & Candy Fundraiser

The Crawford Preparatory School held their Cake and Candy sale recently where all proceeds made were donated to Ark Animal Centre. The day was brilliant and the school was absolutely delighted with the response. It was a huge success and they sold out of everything!

The final tally was R3958.05!!! Teacher, Jeanette Fuchs said it was “Not to bad for the efforts of 23 primary school children and one teacher.” 🙂

The school also did a presentation to everyone in assembly, included Ark in their newsletter and even popped into the shelter for a visit! They are an amazing group of kids, and Crawford can be proud to have such impressive students.

From all of our Ark puppies and staff we are so thankful to Jeanette and the students at Crawford Preparatory School for including us in their Charity Aid project. We are so grateful to you for thinking of us and showing such kindness to our puppies ❤

Below are some lovely pictures from Jeanette of the Cake Sale and their visit to Ark 🙂

Bikini Car Wash Success!!

The Bi-Annual Ark Animal Centre Bikini Car Wash was a massive success once again! Almost R9000 raised from the day, which will go towards building the teenager housing sections at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone who arrived to support the day! We had over 100 cars, bikes and even a bus come through on the day. We also had Miss SA International 2012, Helga Barkhuizen and Jonathan Bonyton-Lee from Top Billing arrive to show some support 🙂 We are so lucky to have such dedicated supporters and sponsors, big thank you for the following people and companies:

Some amateur photo’s from the day are below. To see the professional shots please visit Sven’s page 🙂

Dainfern Golf Day in aid of Ark!

Ark Animal Centre is hosting another great golf day on the 6 May 2014 at Dainfern Golf Course! All proceeds will go towards building the shelters maternity ward.

R2800 per 4 ball. Includes dinner. BOOK NOW by emailing Charmaine at jemima.ellis@gmail.com

We are looking for prize and tee sponsors. Should you be interested in getting involved please email Candice at candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za

Ark Animal Centre Golf Day Invite Dainfern