To the Editor:
In the two weeks since Ark has taken responsibility for animal care and control for LaGrange County, several changes have taken place. The name was changed from LaGrange County Animal Shelter to Ark Animal Sanctuary. Animals being taken in are put in quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. Stainless steel cages have been purchased for the cats that need to be confined and communal areas prepared for healthy, adoptable ones. We now have a website for the sanctuary – it is www.arkanimalsanctuary.weebly.com. Please check it out as well as our Ark website which is www.arkanimalrescue.weebly.com.
Brian Cochran is doing a superb job as director and Ark is very fortunate to have a man of his commitment and capability to steer the sanctuary. The hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to make it more user-friendly for people who work during the day. It is also open longer on Saturday, from noon until 4 p.m. Volunteers usually start around 8 a.m. Brian has said he is available to meet with people whenever they are available.
There are so many wonderful, adoptable animals at the sanctuary that you should really think about giving a deserving pet a forever home. They give so much in return! The phone number at the sanctuary has remained the same – 260-463-4142.
If you subscribe or purchase the LaGrange Standard-News, be sure to look for a column entitled “Four Legs, a Lick, and a Wag” by Buddy the dog reporting on things happening around the Ark Sanctuary, about some of his friends there, and various other items of interest. Thanks to Bill Connelly for giving Buddy some space!
The Ark Paws and Claws Bookstore, located on the square in Howe, has seen its 30,000th person come through the doors since it started keeping track in 2009. If you like to read, it’s the place to go. Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Income from the bookstore helps us pay the medical bills for homeless animals in need of help. Last year, we spent $23,421.54 in veterinary bills and another 697.11 in miscellaneous animal care and boarding.
Our Pet Food Pantry has helped over 200 people with food for their pets so they can keep them at home during hard financial times. Donations of pet food are always welcome. The pantry is open Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ark Paws and Claws Bookstore in Howe.
It wouldn’t be possible to carry out our mission without the help of our volunteers, both at the bookstore and at the sanctuary. If you can help, please stop in at either place and fill out an application or check online for one. We would really use your help.
As always, we rely not only on the income from our bookstore, but also on donations. Since we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we can give you a letter for your taxes. Any donations should be made out to Ark, PO Box 95, Howe, IN 46746-0095.
Other things on the Ark wish list are laundry detergent, bleach, a commercial washer and dryer, gas cards, and gift cards for vehicle maintainence, large plastic bins for food storage, and gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Wal-Mart, etc. We always appreciate your help.