This place appears nice when you visit, but is a disaster behind the scenes. There are some serious safety issues at this facility including electric fences not being kept on, fire hazards, and basically being told to keep quiet if there is an injury from an animal. There is what some would consider neglect of the animals including donkeys and other animals with very overgrown hooves, injuries left untreated, feeding improper diet to some animals (some horses and donkeys fed dog food. Bears fed a lot of people food), and flooding stalls that animals have to be in when it rains. Things you dont see in the main part of the park. The big cats get pretty good care though. I am not entirely sure if there is an plan for if an animal gets out as there are no radios or anywhere to go if it happens. If you ask, they just say "that never happens here" which is alarming. The staff seem to truly care about the animals but I think this sanctuary, like many others, has bitten more than they can chew and cannot properly care for them all. Either because they simply have too many or the best care is saved for the large carnivores. Hopefully no one is taking money. Very disappointing.
This place really needs to be shut down, between the beating of stray cats, to not keeping the electric fences plugged in due to "high electric bill" costs, the drinking of employees at one of the local bars during work hours only to go back to the site intoxicated, threats to employees if they inform any agency with safety concerns, lack of proper safety equipment and required labor posters; this is a nightmare of an establishment. Many have expressed great fear for not only the employees, also for the public at large due to the cosmetic "reinforcements" of the enclosures, all to be ignored and told "it's good enough to fool the inspectors" and blatant disrespect of Veteran and Active duty members who sadly work there.
After a behind the scenes look at the animals and how they are taken care of, it would appear not all are taken care of very well... Display and petting zoo animals get plenty of attention. There is a small shed far from public access, that has two small cages OVER-filled with domestic cats with no food or water. Watched over the course of a day and no attention was paid to them throughout. Prior to my access to the park, there were rumors of what the staff refer to as "Nuisance" animals being treated very cruelly. Raccoons, domestic cats, etc. Stories of them being beaten to death and or fed to other animals. The park does provide a good service and home to many abused exotic animals, but are not so kind to others.
I don't know where they got my name nor do I care. I am happy to do anything to protect the wildlife that still exists. I don't think a birthday cake with frosting is gonna do any harm to the bears. That's nit-picking. I am just glad there are people out there trying to sav e these animals from pain and torture. I'm on a fixed income but I will do my best to support this wonderful sanctuary with whatever I have.
I used to work here... It might look nice from the outside, but its not! They feed the bears the outdated birthday cakes from grocery stores and cookies instead of fruits and veggies!! I mean, they open 2 cake boxes and dump them into the feed buckets, rich frosting and all! The old straw bedding from the animals pens, the stuff they pee and poop on, is the bedding they put back into the pens!!! They just keep reusing it! Also, one of the employees actually beat a raccoon to death.. A raccoon that the owner, ellen, was hand feeding!! And he never lost his job! Also, my first week on the job 2 different employees showed me the scars from the big cats.grabbing them through the water holes.. They were told by ellen not to go to the drs because she wouldn't put up with any questions about what happened. I got fired because I broke my wrist while working and went to threw hospital.. Because I went to the dr I got fired. I wouldn't give this place ONE RED CENT!
Way too much of the organization's IRS Form 990 is too illegible to inspire confidence.
Review from Guidestar
they have mailed me stuff and called me for at least 6 months and have never explained where they got my information and have refused to unsubscribe me.
Noahs Lost Ark is one of the best Rescue Facilities in the Ohio Area, home to over 200 animals, they do a great job caring for abused and unwanted exotic cats and animals of all kinds. The Owners and Staff are very dedicated people and make sure all the residents at the facility are well cared for, some require special care due to the abusive situations they came from, and I commend them for all their hard work!
I am very familiar with Noah's Lost Ark. It is a sanctuary for abused exotic animals. Currently there are over 150 animals including: lions, tigers, bears, wolves, turtles, reindeer and many others. Many of the animals have some really sad stories which are availiable on the internet. Now they are very well maintained and are really beautiful.
The sancturay is licensed by the Dept of Agriculture to receive visitors and is open to the public from May thru October. A nominal fee is charged for admission.
Review from CharityNavigator
This is a wonderful facility dedicated to the actual CARE of the animals. The staff and volunteers work very hard on a daily basis from 7 am until dark caring for animals that others have harmed. Some of the animals have medical problems that require tremendous amounts of care. They have an excellent veterinary staff and rescue animals that others might have euthanized, they give these innocent animals a second chance that they truly deserve. They receive calls daily and spend their time rescuing and improving the lives of over 75+ big cats and 125 exotic animals.
I know they have started working with a fundraising company and just DO NOT have the time to fundraise for themselves. They make GREAT sacrifices for the animals in the sanctuary. People need to understand how hard it is in all kinds of weather to care for the animals. Walk a week in their shoes and see then how you justify they spend too much on fundraising, every dollar the fundraiser brings in is a dollar they would not have. Visit the facility for yourself.
Review from Guidestar