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 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 They feed the bears the outdated birthday cakes from grocery stores and cookies instead of fruits and veggies!!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
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!