What is ARK?

ARK is a non-profit, non-governmental private organization with the aim of forming a network of people who love animals, believe in sharing their lives with them, and who work actively to rescue them from suffering. ARK was established in 1990 and became officially recognized as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) in September 1999. In 2008, ARK was accepted as an International Associate Member of the RSPCA.

ARK receives all funding for its activities from the donations and membership fees of the general public. We have approximately 30 staff members and receive support from volunteers who understand our activities. Our staff depends on our many volunteers because ARK is dedicated to not only the care of the animals but also to maintaining our facilities for the animals.

The History of ARK

ARK was established in 1990 by Elizabeth Oliver who still represents the organization today. Elizabeth Oliver originally came to Japan to teach English, but after seeing many injured animals she enlisted the help of some friends to rescue them. At that time she had virtually no financial aid and depended on the generosity of people to donate such necessities as dog food. Over time more people became involved in her activities and as the number of rescued animals grew, several volunteers were hired as full-time staff members.

After the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake hit Japan in January 1995, ARK was faced with its biggest challenge which became a turning point for the organization. Over that year ARK rescued more than 600 animals from the quake-hit area, far over the capacity that ARK could handle. However, thanks to the media, word got out around Japan about ARK’s activities and we were able to build more facilities and hire more staff members.

Since its establishment ARK has succeeded in expanding its activities and facilities, and in August 1998, became authorized by Osaka prefecture as a non-profit organization.

Dogs and Cats Rehomed from ARK.

Since ARK was founded in 1991, many dogs and cats have been rehomed. It has all happened thanks to the people who have supported ARK's activities. ARK staff will continue to work hard to save as many animals as they can.

Since ARK records began in 1991

3396 Dogs

1489 Cats

Total Adoptions

  犬 Dogs 猫 Cats
1991 5 1
1992 83 18
1993 77 17
1994 59 12
1995 197 61
1996 101 52
1997 67 27
1998 78 28
1999 126 33
2000 161 50
2001 153 71
2002 148 60
2003 110 36
2004 167 44
2005 177 47
2006 196 97
2007 194 107
2008 184 100
2009 199 101
2010 204 116
2011 293 111
2012 148 105
2013 147 96
2014 122 99

as of December 31, 2014
*Statistics do not include Tokyo ARK rehoming

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