This is the organization I got my Sassafras from. They are amazing people doing great work. Sass has always been a healthy, social spitfire and is easily the greatest source of joy in my life. I appreciate them being selective in who they allow to adopt their cats, Flag is rife with cats struck by vehicles during the summer months, I completely understand them requiring owners to keep their cats indoors.
I wish I could save all the kitties out there, but I can’t, but I feel better knowing ARK is giving it a shot (and donate appropriately).
I tried to adopt an Ark cat from the local Pet Smart. The Ark volunteers grilled me in Gestapo style, and they were condescending. When I challenged their determination that I would be an unfit forever home because my cats were allowed to go in and out, they told me that the cat in question was under a year old and could be eaten by coyotes. I pointed out that I don't have a cat door. My cats go in and out when I open the door. I would do the same with this rescue cat, and keep him from going out until he was mature. At that point, one of the staff women got huffy and said," We have values about how our cats need to be homed and treated." The implication was that I didn't. The next day the cat had been taken back to the Ark.
We are lucky to have another shelter here in Flagstaff. I guarantee you that the Ark will not be where my donations will go. Note: I have rescued two other cats from Petsmart. And, a cat who could have had a loving home is still in a shelter with his "masters." Client not served.
We adopted a kitten and within 24 hours we could tell it was sick. Tried to call Ark but no one answered the phone, and no one called us back. Took the cat to the vet, found out it indeed had an infection, and paid $200 to get it taken care of. The Ark claims we should have contacted them first, even though we tried, and won’t pay the vet bill.
I’d rate them a 0 if the website would let me.
Sue Marue runs The Ark Cat Sanctuary and works tirelessly helping cats. The Ark is a well-deserving, hard-working 501(c)3 non-profit that can always use donations.
They spay and neuter every cat they rescue before putting them up for adoption. They spend thousands of dollars to get the sick ones well. They fight hard to save lives every single day.