Easy to Use Toothbrush for Pets

Our lovely Ark supporter and beautiful Ark Bikini Car Wash model, Myla is now selling these awesome easy to use toothbrushes for pets, dogs and cats.

The fingercap fits securely onto your index finger. This ensures control over the brush and you can easily get to the hard-to reach places. The handle attached to the brush is firmly gripped for the safety of the dog also.
They cost is R30 for one toothbrush, or R59 for a pack of 3.
To place an order please contact Myla on 072 659 3935
kiddo safety finger toothbrush for pets



Cute Puppy for Christmas?

dont buy animals puppies as presents this christmas festive season Ark Animal Centre plea

It is the festive season and all around South Africa and the world, people are getting into full swing of the holiday period. Lighter moods and happier faces as people do the last push until the Christmas break. Around this time is when we are deciding and thinking of presents for our loved ones. For those of you thinking of buying or adopting a puppy for yourself, a friend or relative….please read below and be 100% sure that is it the right decision for all involved. Your decisions now will determine in January whether or not the shelters become over populated with unwanted “Christmas puppies.”

First thing to consider – what is your reason for wanting to get a new puppy? Is it something you have been considering with the family for a while or is it because your son’s friend got a puppy last week and now he is demanding one? If you feel your reasons to adopt a puppy are valid, then you should continue reading… 🙂

Adding a new member to the family also requires the following:

1. Time: Puppies take and need a lot of time. From potty training to learning to walk on the lead, getting soclialised at the park, adjusting to the family life etc. Puppies grow up into dogs, who then can live for the next 15 years. Be sure you are aware of this fact, as getting a puppy is not a short term commitment.

2. Money: Puppies cost money. If you buy from a breeder chances are you will need to pay for the puppy, then pay for all 3 inoculations, the de-worming, rabies and of course sterilisation. If you adopt from a shelter there is a of fee around R800 which includes the above but you will require food every month.

3. Love: Puppies enjoy nothing more than to be loved. Have you considered what type of dog would suit your life and family for eg: are you an active, outdoor family that would enjoy a Jack Russell or Labrador or are you a calmer, indoor family who would enjoy a Poodle or Maltese type of lapdog? Any dog you get should be suitable to not only your lifestyle, but also to your surroundings. This is very important as the right dog for your lifestyle will be amazing, but the wrong dog will usually end up in a shelter after 6 months.

4. Responsibility: Who is going to be responsible for the new puppy? Who will ensure it is sterilised at 6 months, have all its vaccinations up to date, potty trains, spends time loving and playing with him/her, who will look after him/her when you are away etc. These are things that need to be discussed before bringing in a new addition to the family.

Other points to think about:

Why a Puppy? If your lifestyle really isn’t suitable for a puppy, why not consider adopting or fostering an older dog. There are many older dogs who have been trained, socialised, most of the time had all the vac’s and sterilisation and are looking for love. Something to consider for those who want a dog but not a puppy.

What about the holidays? Many people think because they go away on holiday once or twice a year they are not able to have a dog. This is not true. If you have animals and are going away to a not pet-friendly place there are many options you can utilize to look after your pet. You can book them into boarding kennels, or contact a pet sitter to visit the house twice a day, feed and walk your pets. Another option is to ask a family member to take care of them.

Anyone who has owned or owns a dog will agree with Anatole France “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ♥

Having a dog will forever change the dynamics of a family. They become part of the family, the kids will talk about them for years after they have passed, they will teach your children to care for creatures who can’t speak for themselves, the will creep into the coldest of hearts and always have a special place there. They are amazing animals and when treated with love, kindness and respect, they truly are mans best friend.


SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48949 & help us feed our rescued puppies!

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The Yellow Dog Project

Yellow Dog Project my dog needs space in the park

What Is Yellow Dog?

The Yellow Dog Project was created to bring awareness to dogs who need space while training, recovering from surgery, or being rehabilitated.

If you are out and see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow attached to the lead it means ‘this dog needs space.’ So please try to keep your pet a safe distance away from the yellow ribbon dog. 🙂

For more information visit the Yellow Dog Project website.

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SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48949 & help feed a rescued puppy ♥

R10 per sms. All SA networks.


Miley and Mika – puppy love ♥

Miley and Mika

Miley & Mika… those two names were rather famous on Ark Animal Centre’s Facebook and Twitter accounts — Miley’s water broke on the evening of 21 May 2012 sending Ark’s followers into a buzz of excitement as they sat waiting in anticipation of the birth of Miley’s puppies.

Miley when her water broke

Puppy number one was born soon after her water broke. She was later named Mika by her loyal Facebook supporters, who had been waiting like excited parents for the news of her birth.

Mika seconds after birth

 A while after Mika was born, an empty sac came out along with this very strange black, green, slimy, smelly thing. We later discovered it was an unborn puppy that had died in her womb.

The empty sac and puppy fetus that came out after Mika.

After the shock of the strange black stuff Miley started contractions again. We were excited, Facebook was excited and we were all waiting. And waiting. And waiting. We waited so long Miley even had a quick nap.

Miley and Mika napping

Little Mika had her first taste of milk!  She clearly loved it as she never stopped drinking after that and became a little pig! 🙂

Mika having her first taste of milk

Still in labour Miley and Mika were bonding nicely, but we were getting very worried. We gave her 20 more minutes & then rushed her off to the vet.

We could definitely tell that there was another baby inside but it seemed that her labour had stopped. Once we got to Fourways Vet at about 11pm, Dr. Pranish examined Miley. He was fantastic with her. He gave her 2 shots of oxytocin which should have helped the contractions. We did an x-ray which showed us that the baby was lying sideways and needed to move down. Miley’s uterus was, by now, very tired and therefore was not contracting. Below is a picture of the x-ray:

The baby that was stuck inside Miley

Tracy stayed with and comforted Miley through the entire night. Eventually after the injections had no reaction. We took Miley to Northrand Animal Clinic in Kyalami, where Dr.’s Mike and Eilmien York did a cesarean on her. While Miley was in theatre, little Mika was safe with Tracy waiting for her mom to return.

Mika waiting while Miley was in surgery

 Eventually after what felt like ages for us at the office and our Facebook supporters, we received news that Miley was fine! But, there was some bad news…the puppy that was inside her womb had died. The labour had stopped because the puppy had got stuck. We think – due to Miley’s petite frame, and she was probably mated with by a larger male dog causing the babies to grow too large to be delivered.

Miley recovering at home with Mika

After many hours and thousands of prayers, thoughts and good energies sent to Miley, she returned to Tracy’s home as a foster to recover from her operation. The vets had sterilised her at the same time, so she won’t have to go through this trauma again.

She is a very strong little girl and we are so proud of her for pulling through this ordeal. She is an amazing mom to Mika; doting on her every second.

Thank you so much to all our incredible supporters who followed our posts and supported this very special girl! ♥ Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do! THANK YOU!!!! ♥ xXx

Keep watching our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our blog for updates on Miley and Mika. 

Miley and Mika, mother and daughter bonding

—- And most importantly —-


History’s Famous Dog’s Official Blog

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Due to the huge popularity of our HISTORY’S FAMOUS DOG’s we have decided to add a dedicated page to our blog for all you history fans 🙂

It will be a permanent fixture which will be updated with the new famous dogs from Facebook. ♥

Here is the link: https://arkanimalcentre.wordpress.com/historys-famous-dogs/

We hope you enjoy it!! 

Why you should neuter your male dog and cat

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– Has no effect on the dog’s alertness or natural protective instincts.
– Minimises sexual and territorial aggression.
– Reduces hyperactivity and the dog becomes more relaxed in its home environment.
– Lowers the dog’s general activity level (advantageous with certain breeds such as Boxers).
– The dog becomes more affectionate with the owners, children and other pets.
– Minimises or eliminates bad habits such as jumping over fences, chasing of cars, urinating in the house, etc.
– Minimises the likelihood of having prostate problems.

– Neutered cats become more affectionate and less inclined to wander off their territories.
– Neutering reduces and even eliminates spraying altogether.
– Reduces and even eliminates “cat choruses” which are usually caused by unneutered males challenging each other for females “in season” or for territory (i.e. minimises sexual and territorial aggression).

– Stops straying when females “in season” are in the neighbourhood and also reduces the possibility of the male getting into fights or being run over by a motor vehicle – which can prove to be costly in terms of veterinary fees.
– Prevents mating with females “in season” in the neighbourhood.
– Minimises or eliminates the possibility of the male contracting sexually trans¬mitted diseases.
– Reduces the possibility of the male developing tumours in the anus.
– Results can be expected to show within six weeks to three months of the operation.


One female dog and her offspring, in 6 years, can be responsible for the birth of 67,000 dogs!!
One female cat and her offspring, in 7 years, can be responsible for the birth of 420,000 cats!!
Every sterilized cat or dog stops many unwanted babies and makes a huge difference.

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spay and neuter dogs and cats ark animal centre rescue

Grooming Tip – Double-coated Dogs

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If you own any Malamutes, Akitas, Chow Chows, Huskies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Pomeranians, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Border Collies, Rough Collies or Golden Retrievers. You should read on…

What does it mean for a dog to have a “double coat”? Dogs with double coats have regular guard hairs – the coarser hairs on top that repel water – but they also have a soft undercoat that insulates your pet from extreme temperatures. These dogs shed some hair throughout the year, but they shed heavily twice a year as the seasons change. This is sometimes referred to as dropping their coats. You can minimize the fluff floating around your garden just by regularly grooming your dog.

 Various tools are needed for keeping a double-coated dog looking its best. You will need a normal pin brush, a comb, an undercoat rake and a slicker brush.

These breeds should be brushed at least 3 times a week – daily if possible – to keep the undercoat from matting and to minimize shedding. When a dog with a double coat isn’t brushed regularly or isn’t dried properly after baths, the undercoat can become matted. It forms a tightly packed weave under the guard hairs and this is very painful for a dog! The matted coat will also no longer insulate the dog and will trap moisture, which can lead to hot spots and other skin infections. In extreme cases, badly matted coats cannot be detangled and will have to be shaved. It’s the dead undercoat hair that causes dogs to get very hot as it traps the heat.

Unless the dog is terribly matted, do not shave your dog. Double-coated breeds need their undercoat to insulate them from the heat as well as from the cold. If you shave your dog, he will no longer be insulated and will also be much more susceptible to sunburn. Another pitfall is that once you shave a double-coated dog, you will have to keep shaving him as the undercoat will either grow back even thicker than before or it will grow faster than the guard hairs, leaving your dog with a patch-work coat.