Fostering and adopting still available!

We’ve received a lot of messages on our Facebook page asking: Can I still adopt or foster during the crisis?

The answer: Yes you can! Make an appointment by calling (651) 772-8983.

Dogs are available for adoption or foster. Interactions occur outdoors where everyone can practice social distancing. Dogs, as you can imagine, are much more amenable to parking lot meet-and-greets than are cats.

And speaking of our cats, we have many who would love a foster home during this time of turmoil. Perhaps you are a cat volunteer who misses spending time with your favorite feline. Well, perhaps you could give them a temporary home! If there’s a cat you’ve bonded with during visits to our shelter, give us a call and discuss the possibility of fostering.

Recently we updated our home page to reflect a crop of special needs Underdogs and Undercats. These are animals that have been at Animal Ark for a while, and they require an extra dollop of care and attention to live the lives they deserve. Each and every one of them has thrived at Animal Ark, but of course the best place for a pet is a forever home: So if any of the following potential pets sounds like they might be the perfect addition to your home, please call us. And remember, when you foster for Animal Ark, we pay for everything. Food, medicine, vet care: Everything!

Thanks as always for supporting Animal Ark!

Taja is a big, beautiful fun loving girl. She loves playing tug-o-war, treats , swimming pools and chasing balls. Most of all Taja loves being the center of attention. She is very social loves meeting people but needs to meet other canines a little slower. She does well with male dogs. I’m weighing in at about 80 pounds so I can be a little much for small children but I walk pretty well on a leash and love to get out. So if you like a girl who is big and a little on the bossy side come check me out and see if we make a connection.
Hello! My name is Rebel and I am a 5 year old, Black Lab/ Staffordshire Terrier mix. I came to the great white north all the way from Florida, when my owners were not able to care for me anymore. I’d need a home with older children (10 years or older) and no cats. I’ll also want a slow introduction to any possible doggie siblings. I can be a bit shy at first but I warm up pretty quickly, and I LOVE snuggles! I’m a very affectionate boy, once I get to know you, and I would like to show you how much love I can give. Please stop by the shelter to meet me!
We rescued Willow 2 from St. Paul Animal Control on Valentine’s Day, 2018. Nobody had claimed or stepped up for her. Willow is a 7 year old Labrador Retriever/Anatolian Shepherd mix who tips the scale at 80 pounds. “In spite of her size, she’s great on a leash and could walk all day,” says Volunteer and Board Member Denyse Madden. While Willow 2 is not a cuddler, she loves being brushed. “You will get tired of brushing before she gets tired of being brushed.” In the time she’s been with us, we’ve found her to be devoted, loyal, and protective. Also instant doom for stuffed toys. An ideal home for Willow 2 would have a huge yard, plus humans who love the out of doors and are confident, experienced dog parents. If your home has other animals or children, a meet and greet with the whole family would be in order. It’s really time for our friend to move from a kennel situation to a Foster Home that could lead to Adoption. Is your love big enough for this girl? Let’s find out!
June has had a rough go of things, but life is starting to look a whole lot better since she came to Animal Ark. June is a brown tabby female, nearly two years old, and quite affectionate. She was severely injured, probably after being hit by a car. No one knows for sure, as she was left in a box outside of a business. Animal Ark has provided the medical care she needs, and lots of TLC, to ensure she recovers as much as possible. Unfortunately, it’s likely that June will remain paralyzed; however, that doesn’t stop her from being playful, affectionate, and quite agile. Somehow June has learned how to climb to the top of her cat tower and back down again. And our staff and volunteers love watching June speed across the floor using just her front legs, trying to catch the elusive red light from a laser pointer. June would be a great candidate for a foster or foster to adopt home. If you would consider fostering this unbeatable cat, please contact Animal Ark at (651) 772-8983 or email
Mr. Kitty came to Animal Ark from another shelter, so as you can imagine he’d really love to see what it’s like to live in a “real” home. Mr. Kitty is considered special needs because he can be temperamental. This isn’t uncommon in a cat his age. He’s not opposed to affection, he just prefers that it’s on his terms. When he’s not accepting your caresses, Mr. Kitty will most often be found snoozing away in his kitty condo. If you have room in your home to foster or foster-to-adopt Mr. Kitty, please contact Animal Ark at (651) 772-8983 or email
Boots is a special boy up for adoption at Animal Ark (Hastings, Minnesota). I’m a really nice guy who is looking for a really special home. My name is Boots and I’m a 7 year old orange male with white markings. I’m declawed on my front paws, too. My owner could no longer care for me, so Animal Ark stepped up to help me find just the right kind of new home. You see, I’m diabetic and require 2 insulin shots every day. I’m very good about getting them but I need someone who gets me!! The staff has found me to be a very friendly and outgoing guy with a great purr motor! I would be a good candidate for a foster or foster to adopt home that has experience caring for a diabetic cat. Ask the staff for more details. If you are falling in love with me already, please contact Animal Ark at (651) 772-8983 or email

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