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About us.

Lara’s Ark is run by, yes you guessed it, Lara.
Animal loving Lara Woodall from Sawbridgeworth.

With diplomas in Canine Communication, Animal Assisted Therapy, a Certificate in Pet First Aid, and a history of owning pets of all kinds, if you have a pet in Sawbridgeworth or the surrounding area, Lara is perfectly placed to take care of them. She’s fully DBS-checked and insured too.

Lara’s own current menagerie includes a yellow-sided green-cheeked conure parrot called Skittles, two guinea pigs called Marble and Emily, a 'skinny pig' called Winnie, and a wonderful adopted, ex-racing greyhound called Willow. Oh, and two young girls - do they count?

If you recognise Willow there’s a chance you’ve seen her out and about as a certified therapy dog (with Lara’s help.) Together they go into hospitals, care homes and schools where Willow’s calming ways do little wonders for peoples’ mental health and happiness. If this is something you’re interested in, please do use the contact section below to get in touch.

Before having children Lara and her husband ventured off into the Ecuadorian cloud forest to volunteer at an animal rescue centre. There they were able to help clean, feed and work on rehabilitating the huge variety of exotic animals rescued by the charity. From there they went to the Galapagos to take in the fragile, indescribable natural spectacle. Lara was in her element. Let’s just say, Lara’s love for animals, understanding of their needs, and of their importance in your life, is strong.


Piyumi G, Herts

"Lara has been fantastic with our Puppy. She is so kind and caring and enjoys her work. Luna seems very happy with her and gets very excited to see her. That’s always a good sign and makes me relaxed when I leave Luna in Lara’s capable hands. I would definitely recommend her."


Victoria B, Herts

"Lara is reliable, friendly and always goes the extra mile to ensure the best care for our dog Daphne. Communication has been great from the get-go and Lara sends us photo and video updates from walks and her pop in visits. We know that Daphne is in safe hands with Lara and we can’t recommend her enough!"


Alex L, Herts

"Lara has been really great and flexible, popping in to take care of our young puppy whilst we are out. She interacts really well with our pup, and always gives us photo updates of the fun we are missing!"


Karen P, Herts

"Maisie was looked after amazingly well by Lara. Maisie can be nervous and not eat while we are away but pictures sent during Lara’s visit showed her doing both. 

Lara kept us in the loop during the day and even kindly took our parcels in. Thank you Lara we will definitely use you again."



Cassie P, Herts

“I Couldn't recommend Lara enough, she was so kind and reassuring from start to finish. She kept me updated every day with pictures and feedback. I was at complete ease on holiday knowing my little cat was being well looked after. I will definitely use again in future. An amazing and professional service."


Caroline P, Herts

"Every time we're away there's only one person we want to check in on our tortoises Hank and Shelly...
and that's Lara."

Hank and Shelly

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Serving Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford,
Harlow, and their surrounding villages.

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