News in the ARK

Two Mauds TNR Project Succesfully Completed

In November 2018, the TWO MAUDS Foundation awarded ARK a $7,000 grant to implement Hart County’s first ever Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Project. TNR programs humanely address the overpopulation of stray cats by limiting their ability to reproduce. They are returned to their original homes to keep other cats from moving in. It’s healthier for the cats and better for their human neighbors.

A census of stray / community cats was conducted and a total of 408 animals were identified in various communities around the county. Cat trapping began in April, 2019 and with the help of many volunteers and community cooperation. 151 cats were spayed or neutered in this program, and given routine medical care before being returned to their outdoor homes. Trapping was done in Munfordville, Horse Cave, Bonnieville, Cub Run, Kessinger, Hardyville, and Canmer.   Most of the cats are wild and prefer their outdoor life, but ARK’s foster committee was able to find homes for several of the tamer cats and kittens.

Local veterinarians at Riverside Animal Clinic, Hartland Animal Hospital, and Barren River Animal Welfare Association (BRAWA) participated in the program to spay-neuter, provide rabies shots, and treatment for any medical conditions. The project was successfully completed in August. ARK continues to search for other grants that can help address this serious need in our county. Thanks so much to Two Mauds for providing the funding; Riverside, Hartland, and BRAWA for providing the surgeries; and to our good volunteers tor carrying out this much needed program in Hart County!

Ready to go to the vet’s.

Ready to go to the vet’s.

A community cat comes “home”.

A community cat comes “home”.

A new home for a TNR kitten

A new home for a TNR kitten


Dawgy Dash 5K, 2019 - ARK’s Main Fundraiser

The cool sunny morning of June 1st provided perfect weather for this year’s Dawgy Dash 5K. Runners, walkers, dogs, puppies, kids - everyone was in a good mood and ready to race. An official race timer helped serious racers track their time. Music and commentary by Gary Puckett added a festive air, along with an appearance by ARK mascot - Sparky. ARK volunteers worked on registration, provided info about ARK and its work, made sno-cones, handed out waters, answered questions, and made sure everything went smoothly. We want to thank all of our participants, our sponsors, our volunteers, and all the support organizations and personnel who helped keep everyone safe and hydrated.

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Foster Committee Presents Pet Care Programs in Area Schools

LeGrande Elementary recently had a visit from two ARK Foster Committee Members.  Susan Rowe from the Hart County Public Library arranged to have a book reading session with ARK to teach the children about care for their cats and dogs.  Susan read a book to the students, followed by a slide show presentation from Lea Tourville and Aleathea Dudley - two of ARK's Foster Committee members.  After the presentation, they answered questions from the children and listened to many pet stories.  It was a fun day for everyone.  We are looking forward to visiting other schools in the county this month.  Thank you Susan for implementing this program and thank you ARK Foster Committee Members for your dedication to educating our youth. 

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ARK Receives Maddie's Fund® Innovation Grant for Youth Foster/Adoption Ambassador Initiative

Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded ARK a $5,000 Innovation Grant for our "Youth Foster/Adoption Ambassadors" Initiative. With this grant, we will partner with interested youth groups, such as 4-H, scouts, and school groups to promote pet foster care, adoption, and dog training. This initiative will help us involve more people in our work, and help us spread the word about responsible pet care. Our foster committee is eager to start working with young people in our community. Our hope is that this initiative will increase the number of foster animals we can transition to loving homes. We are thrilled to be a recipient of this competitive grant.

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Maddie's Fund®is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.


ARK Receives Hart County Chamber of Commerce President’s Award

ARK members were surprised and very honored to receive the President’s Award from the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. Since ARK was founded 3 years ago, we have nearly 300 members, sold over 800 discounted spay/neuter vouchers, raised money through grants and various community fund-raisers, and developed a fostering/adoption program with a dedicated team of foster families and volunteers. None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication, and countless hours of our volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to improve animal welfare in our county. The need is great, our goals are big, and with the continued support of the community, we will press on to reach as many animals in need as possible.

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Those in attendance to receive the award from Kenneth Kidd - Chamber President were Dave Foster, Bonnie Moore, Laura Clement, Ron Gonterman, June King, Melinda Houk, Israel Bergenson, Loretta Cottrell and Dr Lynn Salisbury not pictured.

Those in attendance to receive the award from Kenneth Kidd - Chamber President were Dave Foster, Bonnie Moore, Laura Clement, Ron Gonterman, June King, Melinda Houk, Israel Bergenson, Loretta Cottrell and Dr Lynn Salisbury not pictured.

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ARK Awarded Maddie’s Fund® Grant

Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has awarded ARK a $5,000 Innovative Partnership Grant for our collaborative effort with Community Action of Southern Kentucky (CASOKY) and area spay/neuter providers. This grant will allow ARK to provide spay-neuter-rabies vouchers for CASOKY clients, who otherwise would struggle to afford the procedures for their pets. We are thrilled to be a recipient of this competitive grant which will help us reduce the number of unwanted animals in our area.

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Maddie's Fund®is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.