The Animal Rescue Kids Club (ARK) was busy this past year.

In the fall, they worked with John Trianna at the Regional Water Authority (RWA) to check on the birdhouses the club built three years ago. The birdhouses are strategically placed throughout the property of the RWA for potential homes of such endangered animals as the kestrels and screech owls. According to Shelley Kier, president and founder of the ARK Club, "This fall the club was cleaning and fixing the houses and putting fresh sawdust in them. We really hope the birds make these houses nice comfortable homes and raise a family there!"

The ARK Club also began a new project. The club created covers that read "Please Adopt Me" for the dogs and cats at the District Animal Control. "We used my mom's sewing machine and used a dog cover I received for my dog Blaze when we did pet therapy at Griffin Hospital," said Kier. At DAC the club recently presented the covers to Animal Control Officer Rettig, who was appreciative.

The ARK club is continuing its fundraising for the Renee Nee Animal Wildlife Fund this year. This fund was created in memory of Renee Nee who died two years ago tragically in a car accident and was a member of the club. The funds raised go for purchases of books about animals at the Case Memorial Library. This year the club wrapped gifts at Barnes and Noble in Orange to raise money.

Anyone interested in joining the club and working on spring projects may call Kier at 799-6122.