Welcome To The Ark

The Ark Cat Sanctuary is a feline rescue operation located near Parks, Arizona, about 30 miles northwest of Flagstaff. Situated on 10 acres of land adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest, the Ark is a 24/7/365 operation dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of cats that, for various reasons, are in need of help or are just plain down on their luck.

It is our goal to involve the community in these efforts through the use of education and by promoting trap/neuter/release programs and other low-cost spay/neuter programs to assist in controlling cat populations. Euthanasia should only ever be used as a last resort; we endeavor to return sick cats to health and find them good homes, and encourage others to do the same.

We Need Your Help!

Little family in the kitten building
The current kitten season is much heavier than anticipated. As early as February 7, 2018 there was a female cat in heat at the shelter. The mild winter and warm temperatures have meant early and heavy reproduction.
We desperately need an influx of fosters to help accommodate all the kittens that are arriving!

Please contact the Ark at 928-635-5959 if you can help.

Baby in Ark kitten building



Current Status of Shelter Cats in Coconino County

Full futonThe Ark takes in between 700 and 750 cats each year, which represents approximately one-third of the yearly cat intake by Coconino Humane Association (CHA). On any given day, the Ark facility houses more cats than the CHA facility and the Second Chance Center for Animals facility (when it was open) combined. We focus on the most at-risk populations, which present as more fearful/feral, and come to us with many different medical issues.

We have a long track record of managing and treating disease in a large population of cats, in a cost-effective manner. Most of the cats that we take in end up getting adopted at PetSmart. Healthy adoptable animals haven’t been euthanized at CHA for five years. They are not the problem and are already being adopted. The problem is animals who need time and space to recover from health conditions, and poorly socialized animals who need time to be evaluated and worked with.
Cat daddies with kitten

Teamwork between the Ark and Coconino Humane Association

Finding good outcomes for 4,500 animals per year requires teamwork. Coconino Humane Association has been a cooperative partner with the Ark to bring the euthanasia rate for cats from 36 percent in 2015 to 5 percent in 2016 and 6.7 percent in 2017. (click for more...)

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi