The snow doesn’t stop…and neither does Animal Ark.

Sunday brought yet another snowstorm to the area. Roads were treacherous, snow was plentiful, but as this picture illustrates: Our residents still need food, attention and playtime!

As my wife and I pulled into the Animal Ark parking lot after a white-knuckled drive from Mendota Heights to Hastings, we were as always humbled and amazed that all the familiar faces were at their posts making sure our animals received the care they’re accustomed to and deserve.

However, one other thing became clear: Our staff is dedicated, but we could sure use more bodies, both paid staff and volunteers! Animal Ark has a Cat Care Specialist position available, for instance. This would be perfect for someone who lives in or near Hastings who loves cats, is dependable, and plans to stick around for the long haul! My wife and I lent a hand with this responsibility on Sunday and can attest that it’s a great way to meet, love and entertain a wide variety of  cats, some of whom are socialized, while others could use some TLC in preparation for their forever homes. 

And Animal Ark can always use more volunteers! We boast volunteers from all over the Metro area but would welcome more Hastings residents in our midst! On days like Sunday, when roads are treacherous, it would be a godsend to have more local volunteers in the event highways are impassable.

We encourage you to visit our shelter to see if working at Animal Ark is right for you. Fill out a volunteer application, or apply for our Cat Care Specialist position. Our staff and volunteers are a close-knit group with a common goal: To provide a warm, loving environment to dogs and cats who have had a tough life. If this is up your alley: Apply today!


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