All adoptable pets Just the DOGS! Just the CATS! Just the RABBITS! Just the SMALL & FURRY!



* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * **** The shelter is located at 477 State Rt. 26 (south of Lacon) Turn south at the stop light at Rt. 17 and Rt 26 ( by the court house with the tank out front) go 2.3 miles and we are on the right side of the road. It is a white Morton building next to some gray barns. There are open fields on one side and behind the shelter. If you are coming from the E Peoria side of the river: go Rt. 116 toward Metamora and turn left on Rt. 26 (before the gas station at the bottom of the hill) You will go through Spring Bay. Follow this 2 lane road about 20 miles. ( 5 mins. past the railroad tracks)We are on the left side of the road. When you see the large gray barn-turn your left turn signal on as you are here.

Who We Are

The A.R.K. (Animal Recycling Kennel) is a non-profit group of caring individuals who help rescue homeless animals in the Marshall County and surrounding areas. The A.R.K. is made up entirely of volunteers. All donations received are used to care for these animals. They are waiting for someone to come along and adopt them to care and love them the rest of their lives. We are currently working to complete construction on our shelter. A.R.K. is also trying to educate people on the importance of having their pets spayed and neutered. Here at the A.R.K. we find good loving indoor homes for these homeless animals. Our adoption fee for puppies/dogs is 200.00 - 275.00. Most mixed breed dogs/puppies range from 200.00- 225.00, purebred dogs from 250.00-275.00, which includes altering, parvo distemper and bordatella vaccinations, worming, a chip and a rabies shot and heartworm test for dogs of sufficient age. Our adoption fee for cats is 100.00 /$125 for purebreds which includes altering, FIP/FIV testing, a chip and relevant shots.

Adopting a Friend

If you see a pet you would like to adopt, please email or call us to get more information or arrange a meeting.

Volunteering and Donations

*** VOLUNTEERS - CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS *** Are you an animal lover that has some free time that you could volunteer with us? All of us ,here at The Ark, are volunteers.(no paid staff) We are always in need of volunteers-mornings are especially busy. We are getting the pet rooms cleaned, feeding done, etc. and are always in need of help with the cats. There are always floors to clean, laundry to be done, & lots of odds & ends. There are things to be done outside the shelter, too : fundraisers, pets are taken to Petsmarts, we could really use some "donated printing services", to name a few. Very rewarding. Remember, we are a no kill shelter so the animals you see today, will still be with us until they find a home!


We are always in need of funds to complete the projects that still need to be done. Our monies come from adoptions, donations, fundraisers (some shelters get city funding, Humane Society funding,monies from rabies tags, fines,etc) Any donations can be mailed to The Ark ,or can be sent through paypal : the,or given in person if you'd like to visit. In addition to money, we are always in need of the following items: regular cat litter, canned & dry pet food ,dog & cat toys & treats, blankets-bedspreads-rugs & pet beds. a large shop vac,& even laundry soap, bleach and paper towels. Our pets thank you! It would be great if someone (or company) would be able to donate 1 of the large "walk on" scales and we could also use grooming clippers & such. We hope to eventually get a bathing tub setup. ** Do you have aluminum cans sitting around? Bring them to the ark-they all add up to extra funds to help our pets --every bit helps. There is a small fenced in area next to the kitchen for the cans.

Come Visit Us!


477 State Route 26
Lacon IL 61540
Phone: 309-246-4275

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