ARC began with the small hopes of one man and his big heart for animals! In 1999, Albert (Eggie) Gregorowicz was concerned about the number of animals that were neglected and homeless in our small, rural area. He did not sit back and be sad, he did something. Al knew one person could do something, but to make an impact, he would need reinforcements. So, he put an add in the Press Enterprise hoping like-minded people would meet with him at the Bloom YMCA to see how they could help. That meeting was held in early 2000. From a spark came a fire!
Many people met him that day and ARC began. Some of the people at that meeting are still with ARC today! First only foster homes were used. Then, as non-profit paperwork was approved and small donations came in, boarding kennels were used as well. As ARC grew and gained financial stability, the soon bought our own kennels and started our own physical"shelter". Beginning with one employee, then two, and three as the need grew and financial support allowed.
ARC began being featured in local papers for their efforts which gained the attention of a generous family who had something that could be of great value to ARC - 20 acres of beautiful, secluded property! Chuck and Rhonda Stitz signed over thier property to ARC, but it would take a few more years for ARC to raise enough money to clear the land and road and transfer their small, 8 kennel building and two sheds to this new location and begin building plans.
We're not sure how we can ever thank them! Hopefully hearing the stories of ARC's successes with animals brings them an unending sense of pride - for we (and the thousands of animals since) are not sure where we would be without their generosity!
In 2008, ARC began widening the small dirt road and clearing the field that was surrounded by serene forest. This would be ARC's new safe haven. See the photo history below.
As you can see, ARC's shelter has grown considerably since 2008. Our current capacity is about 30 dogs and 60+ cats . We are almost always functioning at full capacity! We now have 11 employees who care for our animals twice a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is their love and compassion that turns scared, timid animals into bright eyed, tail wagging bundles of joy and appreciation. We couldn't ask for a more devoted staff!
Unfortunately, our founder Al passed away in 2010. He was only able to share in the joy of our first small building on our newly owned property. Maybe that's all that he needed to see to know that he made a difference in the world, in the lives of animals, and in the lives of us who carry his torch. From a spark came a flame and it burns brighter every day!
ARC began with the small hopes of one man and his big heart for animals! Albert (Egg) Gregorowicz
Mishu entered ARC with 7 other dogs from the same home. All had fleas, but poor Mishu was in the worst shape of all 8 dogs. She had severe fur loss due to excessive fleas and she appeared to have had many litters even though she was only about 3 yrs old. This was no surprise since none of the 9 total dogs in the trailer were spayed or neutered!
This pathetic faced girl awaits treatment at the vet after arriving at ARC. She has been prescribed antibiotics, a steriod, medicated baths. Slowly she will regain her fur once her skin is less inflamed.
Stay tuned for pics and information on Mishu's progress!
Dixon entered looking defeated. He had bite wounds & loss of fur due to flea infestation. The next few days staff had to pull him & force him to go outside to pee. We don't think he has been allowed outside in a long time! He was 1 of 8 intact dogs from the same home that was surrendered due to eviction.
It was the best thing that ever happened to him, until...
Dixon came out of his shell a little more each day. He started to trust & love. Dixon was quickly adopted and now has a wonderful home with a forever Momma, Poppa, & canine and feline siblings he loves! Dixon was the first of the 8 to be adopted.
But he wasn't the last!
Within 2 weeks all were spayed/neutered & 2 others have homes also!
During the month of March, 2020, ARC will be raising and leveling its almost 10 year old play yards. Due to the slope it was previously built on, ARC has had to rake the heavy stones back into the upper part of the 50-foot play yards or replace them. While leveling this area, ARC will also be replacing all of the old base pipes of the fence that have rusted through & may have to replace the vertical posts as well. Don't worry, we're being frugal and reusing the rest of the old play yard!