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 ( 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.

These two squirrels came in recently and will need to be overwintered, as they are too young to go outside before the cold of winter sets in. The chipmunk from the previous post will also be overwintering with us! We need your donations to provide fresh produce and nuts to these little ones!
This black vulture came to us after being hit by a car.
This barred owl had some head trauma after being hit by a car.
This screech owl was also a case of being hit by the car.

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!

The Wild and Exotic

We’ve had a few more patients come into our care in the last week. Some normal, and one not so normal! Over the weekend, we got a call from someone who had a strange creature hanging out in their yard. It had been spotted several times over the last 6 months but it wasn’t native. It was a kinkajou! They are an animal native to South America. Unfortunately, they have become a part of the exotic pet trade in the US and it is legal to have one in North Carolina. Likely this one escaped or was let go by its owner. It was very sick and not able to get around well. Clearly having a hard time with the cooler weather starting and a severe upper respiratory infection. We began calls quickly to try to figure out what to do for it. We were able to get advice and guidance from Carolina Tiger Rescue and got it captured and brought to our center. It is such an interesting creature, but one we know nothing about! Through the advice we have been given, we have been able to feed it and start to give it care to help its infection. We are still on the hunt for a vet who will see, treat and evaluate it. Currently, the NCSU Vet School will examine it, but it will cost several hundred dollars to do so – maybe as much as $600. It also needs a lot of fresh tropical produce and high quality dog food. Your donations will help us give this kinkajou the care it needs until we find permanent placement for it.

It looks and acts like a primate with its prehensile tail and the way it climbs in its cage. But its related to raccoons! It also has a long tongue to eat pollen/honey and insects. We are doing our best for the little guy and he is starting to improve.

In addition and on a more native wildlife note, we have a baby chipmunk and baby flying squirrel. They ended up becoming fast friends, as they were housed together to give each other company. Flying squirrels, while not seen often and therefore thought to be rare, are quite active in North Carolina. Being nocturnal and very quiet when they soar from tree to tree makes them tough to spot. If you put some food out at night, you may just see some coming in for a snack! Your donations help make it possible for us to continue to care for wildlife while are clinic is still in need of repair!

This baby chipmunk was attacked by a cat. It is now on the mend!
This baby flying squirrel was also attacked by a cat. Its also on the mend and being bottle fed every few hours.
Fast friends as they work on healing from their injuries.

As said, our clinic still needs repairs. Work should be starting in the next week or so but we still need more funds to complete the project – which requires refinishing the interior. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help us! Finishing the clinic repairs will allow us to take in more wildlife. Your donations will also go towards care for the kinkajou while we have it. Thank you so much for your support!

Baby Season Pt.2

Despite our clinic being damaged, we have brought in a few new critters into our care. Many other rehabbers are closed or full but the animals still need help. So we are providing! It is baby season again so calls for baby squirrels are constant. We have 5 currently in our care. In addition, we have a box turtle, a cardinal, baby pigeon, and a puppy with a cleft palate. We still are taking donations via our PayPal, but we have also set up a GoFundMe ( to help fund our clinic repair. We desperately need to get that fixed so we can take more animals in. We are very limited in what we can care for until we get that back up and running. Please consider donating to help us stay afloat and help more of North Carolina’s wildlife!

One of five baby squirrels currently in our care.
This baby pigeon that needs our help!
This female cardinal was brought to us after being attacked by a dog.
This box turtle was found after being hit by a car.

Over the holiday weekend, we took in a newborn puppy with a cleft palate. While we have fostered puppies in the past, this case is even more special. Because of its cleft palate and very young age, it needs to have close care given to it. This means tube feedings every 2 hours around the clock and constant monitoring for its health. We will be tending to this little one for around 4 weeks. Our expert care was requested by several puppy rescues, as we often tube feed smaller wildlife babies like bunnies and opossums. This is definitely a unique case but we are glad to be able to help this little one grow!

A close up of the cleft palate on the newborn puppy
Tube feeding the puppy. This requires a lot of skill to do safely and properly, skills which we have a lot of practice with in other animals.

As said, we are still operating despite our clinic being damaged and unusable still. Our intake is very limited. We need your help through donations to help get the clinic fixed and to help provide care for our wildlife. Hurricane season is here so we are always on alert, as a major storm hitting our coast, or even venturing inland, can cause an influx of calls and need. We want to be able to provide that but we need our clinic fixed to do that! Please consider donating via our PayPal from this site, or the GoFundMe ( If you can’t donate, please consider sharing the GoFundMe with others to get the word out. Thanks so much for your support!

Clinic Damage

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!

The tree as it fell on the shed and clinic.
We had to put up a tarp to keep weather out of the building. Please donate so we can get this fixed quickly!
Damage to the shed – cracked fascia board and there are some cracked wood inside the roof as well. May need shingles and plywood replaced.
You can see the wall separation by our ICU cage.
More separation of the walls at the roof inside

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!

In Memoriam

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.

Sha, 2nd from the right, helps Noah’s Ark with oiled birds after a spill 25 years ago
“Auntie Sha” meets our daughter Delana for the first time
Sha spending time with Delana while at our center, helping out with feeding baby squirrels after Hurricane Florence in 2018
Sha resting after a long squirrel-feeding stint after Florence. She made sure to come to our center to help just days after we received 55 baby squirrels who needed to be fed around the clock!
She helped in all aspects of the center. Here she is shucking corn for the animals to eat!

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?

Contact Us

PO Box 136
Sandy Ridge, NC 27046
Please call for appointment!