Who we are

The Ark Cat Sanctuary is a 24/7/365 no-kill and largely cage-free operation dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of cats and kittens that are in “at-risk” situations. We answer calls for help from shelters, rescue groups, and the public. We are located on 10 acres in the midst of the Kaibab National Forest, 35 miles northwest of Flagstaff, AZ.

What we do

Most of our cats come from high-risk situations in northern Arizona, and we partner with shelters and rescues on reservation lands around Flagstaff. We are getting more and more requests for help from people in other parts of Arizona who have been turned away by municipal shelters that are now operating in a managed-admission model. Our most critical operation is the medical rehabilitation of sick or injured cats that we receive. We bring these cats to the Ark and nurse them back to health so they can be adopted into loving forever homes.

Our facility

At the Ark, the cats live in habitat environments with access to both indoor and outdoor spaces. The outdoor spaces are safely fenced and landscaped to support the cats’ natural activities. We use cages only for medical purposes and for the safety of mom cats with small nursing kittens. The cats are grouped by age, temperament, food requirements, and health conditions.


The Ark is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. People from all walks of life volunteer and contribute both financially and physically to running the shelter. We welcome the opportunity to speak to school children, church groups, or other social organizations to teach them about cats and about humanely dealing with the problem of cat overpopulation. We try to get other people directly involved in dealing with this problem through proper care of their own cats, and through spay/neuter education.