Animal Rescue Kerala Looks Up to Caring Minds to Provide Homes for its Animals


Are you among those living in and around the Kerala capital city of Trivandrum? You might have then already come across Animal Rescue Kerala and would know how effectively the organisation has stood up for animals. The organisation, fondly known as ARK, has been caring for pups from a centre in Kovalam. The purpose-built veterinary hospital/animal rescue centre today houses a fully equipped treatment clinic, 60 kennels, a puppy house and an education centre. A permanent home to many of the disabled dogs that cannot fend for themselves, ARK is all of a sudden facing problems.

Avis Lyons, the 72-year-old founder of ARK, is fighting the after effects of chemotherapy and is forced to spend more time back home in the UK due to her deteriorating health. This situation has left this home of around 65 animals, including dogs, 2 horses, cats and a bunny without someone to oversee operations.

The friends of ARK is now looking towards finding a solution to this problem, so as to help find caring minds who can offer homes to the animals that are at the risk of being orphaned.  A community project named Friends of ARK has been floated, and they hope to ensure that ARK’s dogs and cats are cared for even in Avis’ absence.

The aim is to find homes for as many animals as possible in order to scale down operations to ease the transition. ARK is also looking at finding a qualified manager so that the resident animals continue to lead a good life.

The community project is also looking to form an overview group with local animal lovers to ensure smooth operation. These apart, the project is also mulling over raising funds to help meet the initial cost of transporting the animals and to find a monthly maintenance cost.

Organisations that are interested in animal welfare activities can also use part of ARK’s current facilities such as kennels, clinic and operation theatre, and for running an ABC and awareness program in Kovalam, Kerala.

So if you are keen on helping the animals at ARK and in the organisation’s welfare activities, ARK welcomes you to let them know of your ideas.

ARK was in fact formed after Avis had visited Kerala on a holiday in 2000 along with her daughter Odette. What Avis witnessed in Kovalam upset her and she was moved by the condition of the beach dogs. She made up her mind to do something for the animals and got in touch with the International Animal Rescue (I.A.R) based in Goa, India. Thus she was able to set up a centre in Kovalam, Kerala, under the I.A.R .

ark1Following this she was able to set up a home and clinic, and then  went on to sell her house in the UK to fund the start of Animal Rescue Kerala.  The animals thus got a caring home in this part of the world.

Now that Avis is ailing, ARK needs your support. Are you someone who can offer help?  Head here if you are willing to help.  You may also send an email to

The latest we hear from the ARK terrain is that People for Animals in Trivandrum has come forward to help through an adoption drive.  Are you also interested?

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