After a huge influx the Ark closes its waiting list for cats for first time in its history


The kittens just keep on coming at the Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home!

Twenty three kittens arrived at the Ark in North Somercotes during September.

They were so over run with cats and kittens they even had to convert an office space to take in two emergencies.

In their monthly report the Ark said: “Busy busy busy as usual and the kittens just keep on coming!! So please do continue with your generous donations of kitten food.

“With 23 coming in this month we really could not keep up with the much needed four feeds a day with out you.

“The kittens are not the only youngsters that have made their way to The Ark as a result of lack of neutering. This month, as well as the kittens, we have taken in five ducklings, two baby ferrets and six baby rabbits. All are now looking for new homes.

“We have also taken in a few older animals. King a 12-year-old German Shepherd came to us owing to his owner having to go into residential care.

“After a few days settling in and coming to terms with his situation King is doing fine.

“Such a gentleman and is desperate for companionship.

“Another older admission was Sparky, the 11-year-old rottweiler who came to us after a relationship breakdown left both owners uninterested in her.

“If she had not been taken in the other option she faced was an unnecessary PTS. She is such a loving girl who is looking for bit of security and love in her later years.

“Over 90 of our residents awaiting a new warm home this winter are cats, and we have had to close our waiting list for cats coming to The Ark for the first time in 28 years of running.

“This is due to the sheer number of unwanted cats around mainly owing to lack of neutering. So if you, or anyone you know, are thinking of taking on a feline companion please do come along and see our cats.

“With the weather taking a turn towards winter we are asking for any bedding and food donations so we can make sure all the animals in our care are warm and have full bellies.

“Thank you so much for your support.”

The Ark is producing its own calendar featuring various residents and volunteers and it is due to go on sale this month priced £4.99. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of The Ark. To buy one call 01507 358140.

Rehoming figures for September - Cats in: 36. Cats out: 17. Dogs in: 19. Dogs out: 11. Rabbits in: 6. Rabbits out: 6. Birds in: 4. Birds out: 2.

Ferrets in: 3. Ferrets out: 1. G.pigs in: 2. G.pigs out: 0.