Animal Refuge Kansai
ARK was established in 1990 by Elizabeth Oliver who still represents the organization today. Elizabeth Oliver originally came to Japan to teach English, but after seeing many injured animals she enlisted the help of some friends to rescue them. At that time she had virtually no financial aid and depended on the generosity of people to donate such necessities as dog food. Over time more people became involved in her activities and as the number of rescued animals grew, several volunteers were hired as full-time staff members.