Animal Ark Rescue Centre
“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog.” – Unknown.
The Animal Ark Rescue Centre in Chartwell was formed in 2011 by Tracey Otto out of her great passion for the rehabilitation and re-homing of puppies, pregnant moms and small breed dogs from all types of backgrounds across Gauteng. The centre, which she runs with her two daughters, survives on the assistance of community service students and the benevolence of volunteers who help over weekends.
In their first 100 days, they homed 100 dogs – a first in welfare, highlighting the great need we have here in Gauteng for institutions like this. A non-profit, no-suffer centre, the Ark’s primary focus is education and awareness.
Tracey aims to adjust the public’s perception of their responsibilities to animals through her holiday programs. She says: “If education, legislation and welfare unite, we can alter the future of all animals in South Africa.”
All Ark puppies are homed to vetted, well-suited homes and sterilisation is mandatory. An adoption fee is charged for each puppy which includes, sterilisation, the first two inoculations and deworming; but the Ark doesn’t make any money off the adoption fee.
While Hot Cares receives numerous requests for assistance (and have assisted with smaller animal shelters which survive day to day), we are inspired by Tracey and her team actively seeking sustainable solutions for funding going forward.
When Hot Cares visited the shelter, Tracy explained that donations have declined in the past few years and with food suppliers having smaller budgets, Ark often relies on the public.
This has resulted in Tracey taking matters into her own hands, building walking paths and a picnic area, to create a space that can serve as an income generator to provide the money needed to care for the animals.
Their current project will need IRB sheeting, cement and other building supplies to complete their party venue and picnic area. Hot Cares will be donating R10 000 to the success of this endeavour!
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