Earth Day, Today and Every Day!
This weekend is Earth Day, but we celebrate that everyday here at Noah’s Ark, taking care of earth’s fauna. We actually took in some baby opossums to celebrate this year. We have been busy, with baby season in full swing. It had an early start and its not slowing down anytime soon. Luckily, our clinic is fully operational again and we had it expanded. The new addition is already filling up with supplies and critters! We are still in need of donations, both for our day-to-day operations, but also for continuing repairs and upkeep around the facility. We have 3 outdoor cages which need roof replacements, in order for them to be safe spaces for our animals to spend their time transitioning from indoors to their release sites. Every little bit helps!
Spring Has Sprung
Spring has arrived in full force here at Noah’s Ark! We had a very mild winter so the calls for baby animals started earlier than normal this year. We already have been tending to baby squirrels and bunnies galore, with no doubt more to come. We need your support to keep these babies fed and healthy before they get released later this season. Here are some of the critters we have had in our care recently .
Our clinic is mostly back up and running, just in time for baby season. We have some squirrels in the newly added addition right now! It is already making things much easier to operate and we are better able to keep animals separated if needed. We are still working to wrap a few things up on it for it to be 100%. We still have our GoFundMe going (https://gofund.me/07f2ad5f) for our daily operations. Every little bit helps! It all goes to the care of the animals and the upkeep of our facility. Have a great and wild summer, and we will update again soon!
FINALLY some good news! Our clinic repair and addition projects are both moving along nicely and we hope to be ready to resume normal operations in time for the rapidly approaching spring baby season. Even though this work is almost done, we still need to continue our gofundme (https://gofund.me/07f2ad5f) and other fundraising efforts to cover the high cost of finishing work and the care of all the patients we receive year round. Also, our large outdoor caging areas need major roof maintenance and repairs, and we have 2 more large outdoor units that need be set up as well. We need your support to make these things happen.
These repairs and upgrades are still ongoing. We are still in need of donations to finish the addition to the clinic and to fund the care of the animals we have, and will be able to take in the future!
We did get a great surprise in December. A $10,000.00 donation was made in memory of Ted’s dad, Teddey W Kitzmiller, by The Roto Rooter Group in Cincinnati, Ohio. Teddey was a dedicated 50 year + employee there (basically his entire working career). This wonderful gift has allowed us to replace and upgrade our HVAC system and make more clinic improvements than originally planned. Our deepest gratitude goes out to The Roto Rooter Group, especially CEO Mr. Spencer Lee for making this happen.
Over the winter, we have had a steady flow of patients including squirrels, owls, opossums, a chipmunk, and 2 cleft palate English Bulldog puppies. The puppy care is very intense and expensive. Also, we just released a mourning dove back to its home after being treated for head trauma.
The cleft palate puppies came to us just a few days before Christmas. We have named them Luna and Mona and they are growing, growing, growing! We are fostering them through the Save the Clefts Rescue. Please contact them if you are interested in adopting one or both of these sweet pups!
Please keep us in mind when considering making donations. Our year round work never stops, and funding for day to day expenses is always a challenge to acquire.
We thank you for your continued support, and HAVE A WILD DAY!
Winter is on its way…
And we need your help! Donations are key right now, as work has begun on the clinic repairs and we have some animals that will need to be overwintered! We still have our GoFundMe active (https://gofund.me/07f2ad5f) and you can also donate via our PayPal. Also, consider selecting us as your Amazon Smile charity or donate on Giving Tuesday, which is coming up on November 29th! Any little bit helps.
With the repairs beginning on the clinic, we are hopeful to have space to keep new patients soon! And we are still taking things in on a limited basis. Here is a taste of what we have gotten in lately.
We also need to provide some updates! Cleo, the sweet cleft lip puppy we fostered has found a new home! She was adopted by a family in Maryland and is already settling in well with her new family. While it can be sad, it is so nice to see a foster pup move on to their forever home.
The kinkajou was quite an adventure but we didn’t have the resources to care for it long term and it seemed to have some health issues. Fortunately, Carolina Tiger Rescue was able to have it seen by their vet, who treats all of their exotic rescues (they have 3 kinkajous in their care). Unfortunately, its health condition was too severe and it was unable to be saved. But we are very thankful for Carolina Tiger Rescue and their guidance. It was such a unique experience and we are thankful we were able to provide the kinkajou a warm, safe place to land.
We hope you have a nice holiday season and continue to support us through the winter! Your donations make it possible for us to care for the wildlife of North Carolina each and every day. Even if you can’t donate, if you can share our GoFundMe or our cause with others, it is greatly appreciated! Stay tuned for more updates!
A couple of weeks ago, a tree fell and damaged our clinic. It fell down the center of the roof and caused significant damage. The entire roof needs to be replaced and the framing of the walls will need to be addressed. The wall was buckled out at the top near the roof-line through the entire structure. As this space is critical for us – we use it as a final stop for our critters before they move to outside cages, and our large ICU cage is there as well – we cannot take any more animals into our care until this is fixed! We greatly need help to get this fixed, and your donations can help us get this fixed quicker as they will help us pay for what insurance won’t cover. Its hard to know just how extensive the damage is until work begins to fix it. It also caused damaged to the shed behind the clinic, which we use to store cages, etc. though it wasn’t nearly as extensive. Please consider donating using the Paypal link at the bottom of the page or the donate tab above to help us get back on our feet for the wildlife of North Carolina!
Its hard to really convey the damage in pictures. It is not at risk of falling, but its not safe to continue using as it is. This space also houses our dog Oliver, as it meets his needs with his health conditions. It is an important part of our operations and getting it repaired quickly is critical. Your donations will help us with that, as insurance may not cover everything. Our wildlife needs us and we look forward to getting this fixed and getting back to work!
We are saddened by the loss of Velvet’s grandmother, Audrey Bailey. She passed away February 5, 2023. She was always a supporter of Velvet and her work with the wildlife. She will be so dearly missed by the whole family.
We are sad to say that we have lost a family member. Teddy’s father, Teddey Kitzmiller, passed away on April 30, 2022 at 84 years old. He was a loving father and grandfather. He is greatly missed by the whole family. Rest in Peace Pops/Granddad. Thank you so much for all of your love and support. We love you.
We are also saddened over the loss of our volunteer of 32 years and board member Sharon “Sha” Emminizer on December 6, 2021 after a hard fought battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by us and all animals. She was always there at a moment’s notice whenever help was needed whether it was with labor, supplies, or just friendship and emotional support. She was a shining example of true dedication to all animals.
Rest in peace Sha, you deserve it.
COVID-19 Update! We are open and accepting animals using social distancing. Please read more about the wildlife in our care here!
Noah’s Ark is an all volunteer hospital/rehabilitation facility caring for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife.
Noah’s Ark Wildlife is located in Stokes County – Sandy Ridge, North Carolina.
Noah’s Ark is an all volunteer hospital/rehabilitation facility caring for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife. We are licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Care for wildlife is provided 24/7 by appointment. Noah’s Ark is not funded by county, state, or federal governments, and is a 501(c)3 organization. Our staff is fully trained and certified by OSHA and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research for oil spill response and oiled wildlife rehabilitation. We also provide educational programs for schools and civic groups about wildlife and living in harmony with it, and conservation education.
If we don’t take care of the wild, who will?
PO Box 136
Sandy Ridge, NC 27046
Please call for appointment!