Before ARK, there were about a dozen licensed wildlife rehabilitators networking together in Powhatan, Chesterfield and Goochland. All had the same goal of becoming non-profit. This would enable us to receive financial help for the foods and veterinary expenses needed to care for the native Virginia wildlife in our possession. In the year 2000, five of us sat around a kitchen table and worked out the legalities. Bylaws were agreed upon and set in place. Our mission was also established. We put word out to the rest of the group for ideas and a logo. The name ARK was suggested then the words were added to the A - “Area,” R – “Rehabbers,” and K – “Klub.” A few logos were suggested and the one we use today was chosen. On March 9, 2000 we became incorporated as a business. From there we obtained our non-profit status which became effective August 28, 2000. Our mission remains today: To provide for orphaned and injured native Virginia wildlife with the goal of releasing the animals back into the wild. In order to insure that our funds go for the animals in our care, we remain adamant that there will be no paid positions within ARK. From those humble beginnings ARK’s roster of volunteers has grown. This includes state and federally licensed rehabilitators, educators, and transporters. ARK covers the Richmond Metropolitan area and surrounding counties. In October 2007, ARK increased its Board to eight members in order to have a greater cross section of rehabilitators voicing the needs and opinions of our members. The Board continues its original vision of merely being a reflection of our rehabbers and volunteers in our efforts to support their rehabilitation needs. By doing education programs to help the public learn about our native wildlife and the generosity of the public we are able to continue today to provide milk replacers, most dry foods, veterinary care and some caging materials to make our mission possible.
ARK is made up of state and/or federally licensed volunteers who care for injured and orphaned native Virginia wildlife. They provide the supplies, foods and caging needed for the care of each individual species with the goal of releasing all animals back into their natural habitat. We are a network of licensed, independent wildlife rehabilitators who volunteer to care for native Virginia wildlife. We also have volunteers who help with fund raising, transporting, working our hot line, and numerous other tasks. We have licensed educators who do programs for the public about the behavior of and coexistence with wildlife in your backyard.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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