Centre offers safe home for pets of poorly owners
EVEN the most responsible pet owner can be struck by an illness so severe they are no longer able to look after their furry friends.
But hope is on the horizon in the form of The Ark Animal Rescue Centre, which is only too happy to help at what can be a very difficult time.
Laura Morrell, assistant manager of the North Somercotes facility, said three of the centre's latest residents had arrived after their owners were forced to give them up due to serious ill health.
Whistler and Katie are one-year-old German shepherds, who are typically lively and inquisitive, while six-year-old Sheba, another German shepherd, is quite nervous and unsure of her surroundings.
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However, with one-to-one extra care and a gradual introduction to other staff, she is coming round and will soon be rehomed.
Laura said: "Whether it is themselves, their spouses or other relatives, the owners have been unavoidably unable to provide the time, exercise and attention.
"The Ark not only provides a secure future for all of these animals, but some comfort to the owner in the most unimaginable circumstances."
The staff have also been struck a blow, after saying goodbye to one their longest cat residents Jack The Lad.
She said: "Jack had been with us many years and came to us as a feral kitten from the waste ground which is now Louth's indoor market, between Market Square and Eastgate.
"He was our 'king of ferals', who lived happily and securely roaming The Ark freely. He was a favourite of many, especially a kind man from Grimsby who sponsored him for years."
She added that cat admissions and rehoming are also keeping staff busy, with kitten season just around the corner.
And, as always, you can help.
Laura said: "With the cold weather persisting, bedding donations have helped so much and food donations are also vital.
"Kitten food is always welcome, as it is something we have to purchase specially.
"We are busy all year round here at The Ark, with lots of new faces and always something to do. Please, do come and see for yourself.
"Without everyone's support, The Ark would not be able to continue, so from everyone here – those with four legs and with two – thank you."
Find out more
For more information, call The Ark on 01507 358140 or visit www.arkanimalrescue.co.uk