Polar Products Festive Season Promotion

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Polar Products is offering a wonderful promotion for this upcoming festive season!
For every collar sold R20 will be donated to Ark Animal Centre to help pay for our vet and food bills.
  • The range consists of 5 different sizes of cooling collars from R55 to R140
  • Two polar pads R360 and R430 (large and xlarge)
  • There is also a range for humans so if they are cyclists or runners!! There are neck ties and neck wraps R100.
  • There are also awesome horse collars for R150 each

To order please email markham.fiona@gmail.com and candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za 🙂

THANK YOU for the support!!!!

Ark Animal Centre is now on the Woolworths MyPlanet Programme!

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After a good 2 years of working on becoming a member of the fabulous Woolworths MyPlanet programme, we are very proud to say that Joburg’s puppy rescue shelter, Ark Animal Centre is now officially a beneficiary!!! Woohoo!!!

To support us you can either:

Where can I swipe my MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card?

The success of the programme depends on the number of times you swipe your card. Supporters can use their cards at a range of national, regional and local retail partners on the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet system. Some of the national partners include Woolworths, Engen QuickShops, Waltons, SupaQuick, kalahari.com, Jack’s Paint, Toys R Us, Reggie’s, Altech Netstar, Club Travel, MySchool Travel, Toner Town and many more. To view a more comprehensive list of local business partners click here.

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myschool myplanet myvillage partners where to use my card

Benefits of being a cardholder

You can raise funds for your favourite school or charity without costing you a cent, and you can use one card at many different stores. There are 12 national partners and over 2000 partner stores where you can use your card across the country. Cardholders can take advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers. For example, you are automatically part of WRewards from Woolworths (which includes 10% or more off on up to 200 items in their stores and other benefits), you get R40 off every GetAhead or MathPro educational software item that you buy, and you get exclusive discounts on vehicle recovery from Altech Netstar.  You will receive a monthly email statement showing exactly how much your beneficiary has raised.

Apply now and help us make a difference in our puppies lives ♥

For more information visit www.myschool.co.za 

Ark has a Windows 8 App!!

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Download the awesome app to read about who we are, what our mission and vision are, find out how you can help and learn how you can adopt one of our adorable animals!

Also stay in touch with us via our twitter feed and read about whats going on at Ark through our blog posts all in one place!

Download the app for Windows 8 now by clicking here!

If you have any feedback or comment please email them to candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za

Developed by: Lionel Camacho

Ark Animal Centre’s 2012 Year in Pictures Video

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Ark Animal Centre had an incredible 2012 year! Hard work and lots of sweat and tears but looking back….its all worth it for our fur balls ♥

We have big things planned for 2013, this video is to thank our volunteers and supporters for helping us to accomplish all that happened last year! ♥

You give Ark it’s Bark! Thank you!


Ark Animal Centre is officially a registered NPO!

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We are very pleased to announce that Ark Animal Centre – the Puppy Rescue Shelter is official a registered non-profit organisation (NPO). 🙂 After 15 months of waiting it finally came through!

We are very excited as this opens many more doors and opportunities for Ark to grow and continue saving the puppies & dogs of SA. Our much anticipated NPO number is: 2012-171809-08

What is an NPO, non-profit organisation?  A Non-Profit Organisation exists solely to provide programs and services that are of public benefit such as the promotion of social welfare, economic development, religion, charity, education or research. Earnings may not benefit individuals or stake-holders. It is known as a Section 21 company. Answer from Entrepreneur Mag.

Below are the ethical and responsible behaviour for NPO’s based on Department of Social Development Codes of Good Practice for South African Non-profit Organisations:

Honesty: Honest people are truthful, sincere, forthright, straightforward, frank and
candid. They do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive or act deviously. NPO staff and volunteers
should be scrupulously honesty in their dealings with donors, beneficiaries,
employees, volunteers, governing body members, the public and the authorities.

Integrity: People and organisations with integrity are principled, honourable and
upright. They are courageous and act on convictions. They will fight for their beliefs
and will not adopt an “ends justify the means” philosophy that ignores principle, or is
expedient at the expense of principle. NPO staff and members respect the integrity of
the mission established by their governing body.

Promise keeping: People worthy of trust keep promises, fulfil commitments,
abide by the spirit as well as the letter of an agreement. They do not interpret
agreements in an unreasonably technical or legalistic manner to rationalise noncompliance or to create justifications for escaping their commitments.

Fidelity/loyalty: People worthy of trust demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to
other people and to organisations by friendship in adversity, support, and devotion to
duty. They do not use or disclose information that is learned in confidence for
personal or professional advantage. Staff and governing body members should
safeguard their ability to make independent professional judgements by scrupulously
avoiding undue influence and conflicts of interest.

Fairness: Fair people manifest a commitment to justice, the equal treatment of
individuals, and tolerance for and acceptance of diversity. They are open-minded,
willing to admit they are wrong, and, where appropriate, change their positions and
beliefs. They do not overreach or take undue advantage of another’s mistakes or

Caring for others: Concern for the well-being of others manifests itself in
compassion, giving, kindness , and serving. It requires that one attempts to help those
in need and avoids harming others.

Respect for others: Ethical people demonstrate respect for human dignity,
privacy, and the right to self-determination of all competent adults. They are
courteous and decent. They provide others with the information they need to make
informed decisions about their own lives.

Transparency: Staff should provide as much relevant information to the public as is
reasonably possible to permit intelligent assessment of goals, means, and results as
they relate to the organisation’s mission.

Responsible citizenship: Responsible citizenship involves lawfulness,
participation, social consciousness, and public service. NPOs must be especially
careful to obey all relevant regulations and laws.

Pursuit of excellence: Ethical people are concerned with the quality of
their work. They pursue excellence and are diligent, reliable, industrious and

Accountability: Ethical people accept responsibility for their decisions, for the
foreseeable consequences of their actions and failures to act, for setting an example to
others and for providing feedback to donors and sponsors on how funds were utilised.

Safeguard public trust: NPO governance, leaders, staff and volunteers have special
obligations to lead by example, to safeguard and advance the integrity and reputation of
all organisations that depend on voluntary support and public trust, to avoid even the
appearance of impropriety, and to take whatever actions are necessary to correct or prevent the inappropriate conduct of others.

SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48949 & help feed the hungry and homeless dogs in SA! R10 per sms. All SA networks.

Playboy’s Playmate, Imogene Meyer visits Ark!

So a normal Saturday at Ark, we have our amazing volunteers and excited new parents all chatting, laughing and enjoying another great Ark Saturday. Then Imogene Meyer arrives…in her shorts and polka dot top with Tommy her adorable Pug bouncing at her feet, she had everyone’s attention. She is a strikingly beautiful woman, with a carefree, loving attitude that radiates everywhere she goes.

Once our potential parents and volunteers had stopped staring, we found out that she is the January 2012 Playboy Playmate!!! There was much excitement as we realised we had a celebrity in our midst! Not only did she love and cuddle our pup’s but has also offered to get involved with a couple fundraisers for Ark! Clearly beauty does come with brains and a biiiiiig heart ♥

Watch our Facebook page and blog for updates on the event to be held around October 2012 🙂

Imogene with Poncho – a very lucky Ark puppy! ♥

♥ SMS “Donate FOOD” to 48949 to help feed a hungry puppy! ♥

Cupcake fostered by the LIVEOUTLOUD Events team

The idea of staff bringing in a lethargic, abandoned puppy into the office would make most businesses cringe, but the people from LIVEOUTLOUD Events teamed up with their fellow colleague Lauri Hansen to help foster little Cupcake back to health.

On her first day at the LIVEOUTLOUD offices she was lethargic, malnourished and had pneumonia, biliary and worms. It was very much 50/50 whether she was going to make it through the day. Lauri was feeding her every 3 hours with the help of Kevin Taylor who would hold little Cupcake while Lauri tried to get some food into her mouth. Kevin would often do Facebook posts on her progress 🙂

By Wednesday, day 3 of Cupcake being fostered by the team, she was a different dog. Starting to walk and even attempting a tail wag! By now the events team was in total puppy loving phase. Cupcake was getting enormous amounts of loves, kisses, rubs, cuddles, treats, toys – even new jersey’s to keep her tiny body warm in the bitter winter wind!

She hit a rough patch when she had a bad reaction to an inoculation, it is very rare but it didn’t stop her. She got her legs bandaged to support her bones and after a few days was back to normal and improving minute by minute!

It’s now 3 weeks later and Lauri says for her it is an incredible feeling seeing her precious foster baby go from half dead to the energetic, fun loving puppy she is today! She loves the rewarding feeling you get from fostering a helpless puppy and seeing them grow into a strong, healthy dog ♥

Her colleagues feel the same, and say they are going to miss Cupcake when she gets adopted….we told them not to worry as we have no doubt there will be another fluff ball needing their awesome team work fostering skills soon!

From the Ark Staff we would like to send the biggest THANK YOU to the LIVEOUTLOUD events team for opening their hearts and making it possible to change the life of a helpless animal even if you work full time. Stephanie Scorgie, Lauri Hansen, Tanya Dorman and Kevin Taylor….you are amazing people – wish we could clone you!!

Below are some pictures from the last 3 weeks of Cupcake’s time with her foster team at the LIVEOUTLOUD offices

Chirp the Rescued Budgie

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So last weekend while having breakfast, a man walks into the clubhouse and ask’s Candice if she know’s anything about birds…..long story short – he found this little girl in the middle of the road. He stopped and picked her up not knowing what to do with her after that. Candice offered to take the budgie and care for her…..by Sunday afternoon the little budgie, was named Chirp and had her own lovely little bird cage, food, water and was getting lots of love….yes…Candice had decided to adopt her 🙂

Chirp’s beak was either broken or deformed but that didn’t stop her from eating and drinking like a little piggy! She was a cheeky, friendly and extremely cute little girl! Unfortunately Candice woke up this morning and little Chirp had passed away 😦 The vets think it was probably old age.

It is a sad end, but at least for Chirp’s last week, she was spoilt beyond measure, loved, cuddled and cared for and will never be forgotten ♥ xXx ♥

A lovely story to read ♥

We were sent this today….and want to dedicate it to all our amazing supporters and volunteers….

A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door.

Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said..

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important…Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture….Jack stopped suddenly…

“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,'” Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

“Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said. “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago.. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. “Mr. Harold Belser” it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

“Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most was…my time”

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. “Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.

“I need some time to spend with my son,” he said.

“Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

♥ “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,”  ♥

:::Think about this. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true:::

1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way..

2 A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.

3 Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

4.. You mean the world to someone.

5. If not for you, someone may not be living.

6. You are special and unique.

7. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you trust God to do what’s best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.

8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

10. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

11.. Always remember the compliments you received.. Forget about the rude remarks.

12 . Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you’ll both be happy .

13. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

To everyone who read this “Thanks for your time.”