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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.


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.

Bonnieville Spay-Neuter-Rabies Voucher Event

55 pet owners came out on November 17, 2018 at Bonnieville City Hall to purchase discounted vouchers to spay/neuter their pets. It is estimated that 1 cat plus its offspring can produce over 400,000 kittens in a 7 year period, averaging 2 litters per year! If you would like to see fewer abandoned animals, we encourage you to spay/neuter your pet or help a neighbor do the same. A big thanks is extended to our volunteers and all the pet owners who care enough to spay/neuter.

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Barkoberfest Fun

It was cool and gray on Barktoberfest day, but that didn’t spoil the fun! Here are some scenes from the fest, held on October 27, 2018.

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Cub Run Spay-Neuter-Rabies Voucher Event

On September 8, 2018, the Cub Run Fire Department hosted ARK’s 4th SNR voucher event of the year. Eighty low-cost vouchers were distributed to area pet owners, who are committed to helping solve the problem of too many strays and abandoned animals. Thank you to all of the wonderful ARK volunteers, to our loyal Hart County residents who are spaying-neutering your animals, to Cub Run fire chief Christopher Thompson, former fire chief Bobby Jaggers, and especially to our ARK Voucher event coordinator Alicia McClure - another highly successful event!


ARK Carnival and Membership Drive, 2018

There was great fun on July 21 at the ARK Carnival/Membership Drive! So many fun activities for kids and dogs and the best pulled pork sandwiches ever!  Rain didn't dampen any enthusiasm for providing great care for our animal friends.



Hardyville Spay-Neuter-Voucher Event

Pet owners braved the heat to sign up for low-cost vouchers for their pets on July 14 in Hardyville.  Folks also took advantage of half-price ARK memberships - such a deal.  Thanks, as always, to our dedicated volunteers, who make it all possible.

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2018 Dawgy Dash a Howling Success!

June 2 was a great day for a race and lots of fun!  Over 400 runners, walkers, and their dogs signed up to take part in the 2018 Dawgy Dash 5K.  It is ARK's biggest fundraiser of the year; this year we passed our original goal to bring in more than $40,000, thanks to our many dedicated volunteers and sponsors.  The organizers and volunteers did a great job providing fun activities and a good time for everyone involved.  A big shout-out to Larissa Trousdale for making the whole thing possible.


Horse Cave Spay/Neuter Event, April 21, 2018

 The event was held at the Horse Cave Firehouse.

The event was held at the Horse Cave Firehouse.

102 Hart Countians took advantage of the discounted price of $25 to have their dog or cat spayed/neutered at Hartland Animal Hospital or Riverside Animal Clinic. It is estimated that one cat and her offspring can have over 400,000 kittens in a 7 year period. So if you think spaying one cat or dog doesn't make a difference, think again! Mark your calendar for the next ARK voucher event on July 14 at the Hardyville Community Center.

 ARK - Animal Rescue Kare volunteers with Bubbie the dog were at the Horse Cave Fire Department on April 21 promoting spay/neuter thru low cost spay/neuter vouchers. Many, many thanks to our volunteers!

ARK - Animal Rescue Kare volunteers with Bubbie the dog were at the Horse Cave Fire Department on April 21 promoting spay/neuter thru low cost spay/neuter vouchers. Many, many thanks to our volunteers!

Munfordvile Spay/Neuter Event, January 20, 2018

ARK’s Munfordville spay-neuter-rabies voucher event was held on January 20.  It was the sixth voucher event held since January, 2017 and was another big success.   Despite the wintry weather, 64 vouchers were distributed.  The vouchers are sold for by ARK for a $25 fee to help prevent the birth of unwanted animals in Hart County.  Thanks to all our volunteers and donors who help make this program possible.


 Pet owners lined up to purchase low-cost spay-neuter-rabies vouches.

Pet owners lined up to purchase low-cost spay-neuter-rabies vouches.

 ARK Volunteers make it all possible!

ARK Volunteers make it all possible!



Great news!  ARK has just been awarded a $5000 Foster Care Grant from the Maddie's Fund organization of Pleasanton, CA.  #ThanksToMaddie!   Any ARK members interested in helping us develop this Foster Care program should contact one of our ARK Board members. Or email us at: