Influx of 25 cats pour into the Ark

It has been another busy month at the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home wih an influx of cats.

Strays and people having to downsize into rented accommodation and give up their pets have caused the increase in the number of cats at the Ark.

The rescue home in North Somercotes is appealing for cat food. A single tin provides breakfast to four of the 85 cats at the Ark.

The Ark’s monthly newsletter reports a success story: “A really inspiring tale this month is that of 12-year-old Max and Fritz, two dachshunds who came to the Ark when their loving owner sadly had to move into a residential home and could not take her faithful companions, and the family were unable to keep the ‘boys’, as they soon became affectionately known.

“They were quiet unsettled for a start especially when Max had to undergo a dental which meant extra care and attention for the following weeks, including especially cooked poached fish every day.

“Both boys recovered well and soon became firm favourites and only a week later went to a lovely home in Sussex. Just goes to show that, regardless of age, there is a loving home out there for every unfortunate animal.

“Another heart-warming rehome story is that of Babes, his age is unknown he had been a stray before being taken in by his previous owner who had given him a home for the last five years.

“Babes came to us when his owner was sadly admitted into a hospice; we were only too pleased to be able to inform the gentleman that his beloved Babes had been rehomed to a couple in Woodhall Spa who had recently lost their elderly cat. Babes was just what they needed as they were to him.

“Sadly we lost a rescue horse this month; Buster had only been with us six weeks but had suffered with cushings for some time and treatment was no longer working for him. He was here for such little time but has left fond memories with all.”

During March the Ark took in 25 cats and rehomed eight and took in 20 dogs, two pigs and two ferrets.