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

Customize Your Phone Cover

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Custom Cases has started a great initiative in aid of Ark Animal Centre.

For every cellphone cover sold R25 will be donated to Ark Animal Centre, and for every like they receive on their Facebook page a further R5 will be donated to our shelter. Please like their page and write ARK ANIMAL CENTRE on their wall 🙂

To order your case please contact customcases@mweb.co.za and use ARK as your reference in order for the donation to reflect.

Cases start from R275. All major phone brands can be done such as: Blackberry, iPhone and Samsung. Any image can be printed, see examples below:

 

 

Pennies For Puppies – Comrades Marathon

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Gloria Pucciatti who adopted a little puppy from Ark a couple years ago, has decided to run the Comrades Marathon in aid of our animal shelter!! This is her story…

Two years ago, I was blessed with a gorgeous little girl, Lily, who I adopted from Ark Animal Centre. She had never had human contact and the last two years have been a journey to hard earned love and trust from her.

My Comrades journey started in December 2009 when I was told that training for the Ultimate Human Race could not be done in  six months, especially since I had never run a kilometre before. But despite the odds I completed my first and Comrades and  have been hooked on long distance running ever since.

Comrades 2012 was a tough year, blood, sweat and many tears later, I came in with 1 minute to spare, a broken woman. It was with this in mind that I realised it was nothing in comparison to the journey of survival of my Lily and many dogs like her.

Ark Animal Centre and Comrades have changed my life in their own unique ways and this is why I ask of you to support the Centre through my journey to help raise funds and awareness for this amazing charity!!

Gloria is aiming to reach R10,000 for the Ark puppies – click below to donate and help her accomplish this amazing adventure!

Click here to donate via the BackABuddy website.

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Team Work in Action

Most of you who read the news will be aware of last weeks protests in Durban Deep, Roodepoort area where a few people were shot, while hundreds others protested over housing by throwing stones, burning tyres, tree trunks and causing a disturbance.

We receive a call from Jennifer who works at CLAW, asking us if we can take in any of their puppies as the protests were getting violent and they were fearing for the dogs and pups safety. Our manager, Tracy, obviously said yes and told Jen to bring as many as she could.

Jennifer said that while Cora (CLAW’s founder) had managed to get into the office early that morning, their other staff had to scale the walls to gain entry. While driving out on the way to Ark, they had to maneuver through the debris and burning barricades on the road.

Jennifer arrived at Ark a couple hours later, where we unloaded about 15 very confused but relieved pups. It was like a scene out of a wild west movie, but thankfully no pups were harmed and the other puppies have settled in too beautifully at Ark! Thanks to CLAW for making sure these babies were brought to a safe place, and may they continue to make a difference! As we always say -> Team Work Saves Lives…..literally!

Below are some pictures of the pups arriving at Ark:

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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FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!! 

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.

myschool myplanet myvillage partners where to use my card

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 

Golf Day for Ark Animal Centre

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>> Ark Animal Centre GOLF DAY 2013 FUND RAISER! <<
In conjunction with Graphite Security and On The Box Events.

DETAILS:
* 13 September 2013
* Observatory Golf Club

BOOKING INFO:
* Fourballs are now open at a cost of R2000 per fourball
* Tee sponsorship at R1500
* Halfway House sponsorship: R5000
* Dinner sponsorship: R5000

Please contact beverley@onthebox.co.za for fourball and sponsorship bookings.

PRIZES!!!! –> We have already sourced some amazing prizes, but would like to ensure that each golfer goes home with something other than big prizes. Please contact candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za to donate a prize.

Mandela Day 2013 Projects To Make A Difference

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After the success of last years Mandela Day and considering the massive and exciting changes that have happened at Ark since then, we have decided to present the different projects that require some help from the community. And what better day to make a difference than on Mandela Day 2013!

For those of you who need a catch up…in short, our founder and her husband sold their home in order to purchase 23 acres of land less than 10 minutes from Fourways, JHB. To read more about the move please click here.

Since our big move, we have a variety of different and exciting projects that need to be completed. We have done as much as we can on our own and are now asking the community to get involved and help us achieve our goals!

We are STILL waiting for quotes from the builders/suppliers on how much the project will cost in total. From what we have estimated, it is going to cost between R1,500,000 and R2,000,000 to complete. If anyone is able to assist us in anyway eg: supplies, knowledge, labour etc. please contact us ASAP as we desperately need to get things moving. If anyone is able or would like to contribute financially, our banking details are at the end of this post.

Should a company wish to take on one of the projects, they will be more than welcome to put up a sign with their logo and contact details. 🙂

So enough explaining…onto the exciting stuff…

PROJECT ONE: Staff Quarters

Our incredible animal loving staff members who work tirelessly to ensure our pups are safe, fed and happy need a place to stay. We have a half built building that needs some major TLC. Images below:

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PROJECT TWO: Bunny Pen

We often get in rescue bunnies and have no where safe to keep them until they are re-homed, hence why want to finish the building of this gorgeous bunny pen. With separate male and female sections, there will be no worries of bunny over population 🙂

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PROJECT THREE: Pig Pen

We have two gorgeous piggies who deserve a pig palace. They were also rescues. The pig pen would possibly need new fences, the wall to be finished and the concrete wall to be taken down.

PROJECT FOUR: Painting of the office

Coming soon…

PROJECT FIVE: Shop and temporary puppy kennels

Coming soon…

PROJECT SIX: Toilets

Coming soon…

PROJECT SEVEN (the big one): Puppy Shelter

Coming soon…

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If you would like to get involved, please email us with the project of your choice.

We appreciate all the help we get -> team work will make this happen! 🙂 Our banking and contact details are below:

Tel: 082 334 7596 (Wednesday – Sundays 10am to 3:30pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Email: info@arkanimalcentre.co.za or candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za

Ark Animal Centre
FNB Cheque Account
Account: 62335841301
Branch: Broadacres
Branch Code: 204809

SWIFT code: TIRNZAJJ

THANK YOU!!

Coco the Cleft Palate Jack Russell’s Happy Ending

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My name is Coco and I’m a cleft palate pup that would like to share my story with you

I was born on 6th March 2011 along with my brothers and sisters.  For reasons only later revealed my mom wasn’t able to feed me and rejected me. Her owners brought me to my new family when I was a day old and that’s been my home ever since.

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I was hand reared with a bottle and Milk-o-pup formula and always battled to suckle properly, often the milk would come out my nose.  I was fed every 2 hours but only managed a measly 2 – 5ml at a time.

At 5 weeks my new mommy introduced me to soft puppy food but that didn’t work out at all, everything came out my nose.  They thought I might have a cold and took me to the vet who informed them that I in fact had a cleft palate and it would probably be best if I was put down.

My new family was heartbroken after doing such a great job with me for 5 weeks and headed home, straight onto Google, and there they found out all the info they would need to keep me alive.

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I was given water from a hamster bottle on a stand as I needed to drink upright so the liquids didn’t go into my lungs.  As I got older I only eat dry doggy food and drink water, mom treats me with cut up Vienna’s too.

jack russell puppy cleft palate

For Easter 2011 my family and I were heading to Badplaas with their caravan and were involved in a terrible accident, with a truck, fortunately we were all ok but the van and car were write offs.  Every-one was so concerned about me (I was 6 weeks old) but I was none the worse for wear.

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That year my family moved and one day, just for a split second, the gate was left open and I decided to go for a walk.  I got rather confused about where I was and got lost.  The family was frantic; half the neighborhood was out looking for me.  Luckily they found me and now I have a collar with my name and number, just in case.

jack russell puppy cleft palate

One day we went to visit family and I was playing in the garden with their dog when all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe! It was awful! My throat closed up and I was turning blue. My mom was blowing down my nose and throat thinking I choked on something or was stung by a bee.  I was rushed to the vet who put me in an oxygen tank for the night; it was so scary to be alone! I’ve never spent a night without mom, her bed is my bed and she’s not here. We don’t know what caused the attack and every now and then if I get too excited it happens again, not that bad though and I don’t go to the vet, mom calms me down on her bed then I’m fine.

As far as my diet goes I only eat dry, solid food and drink water.  Every now and then I still have water running out my nose but I’m otherwise 100% Jack Russell.  I love riding in the car, teddy’s (emptying them is so much fun) but my rope is my favorite toy and Google is my best friend as without it, I probably wouldn’t be here.

Written by: Coco & her mom, Vionne Kruger