Noah's Ark Sanctuary
We’re very excited to bring you news of another financial award given by the Dr.
Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation. This month’s highlighted organization is the
Pompano Beach-headquartered Noah’s Ark Sanctuary for Abandoned and Abused
Animals, an animal rescue working hard to re-home dogs and cats and to curtail
What began as a husband-and-wife team working part-time has now blossomed into a
full-time network of dedicated rescue workers. After moving to South Florida
from Tennessee in 1996, Barbara and Jim Beeson discovered that their fellow
Pompano Beachers were offering up haphazard care for a feral cat colony. While
food and emergency veterinary care were being irregularly covered, no spaying or
neutering was taking place. The Beesons recognized that this small colony could
grow to epic proportions, and that someone needed to act fast to prevent the
development of a crisis scenario. Ultimately, with the tireless assistance of
Barbara’s mom, Bette Walston, and local attorney Thornton Scott, Noah’s Ark
Sanctuary for Abused and Abandoned Animals was officially founded. Since that
time, their efforts have made a significant impact, recognized by both community
leaders and governmental agencies.
Staffed only by volunteers, they’ve adopted the practices as outlined by the
principles of TNR to deal ethically with feral cat communities. For those who
are not aware, TNR is a method where felines are trapped without injury,
neutered or spayed, and then released so that they may return to their feral
group. Local feral cat colonies are overseen according to guidelines established
by Alley Cat Allies, a popular feline advocacy organization. And now, thanks to
the adoption center NAS opened in 2003, they’re able to provide for the daily
needs of many cats rescued from a variety of unhealthy situations.
As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. And with NAS’s “Help a
Stray a Day” program, this little-rescue-that-could is making a big statement
when it comes to curbing pet overpopulation. Started one year ago, this targeted
effort was established to make a difference in an economically depressed area of
Pompano Beach where feral cat colonies have previously flourished. In tandem
with their TNR efforts, NAS seeks to educate local communities about responsible
animal care and ending the cycle of overpopulation.
While the majority of their work consists of feeding and maintaining feral
colonies, they don’t hesitate to take an abandoned canine or two under their
wing either. That’s right, there’s no species bias at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary.
Right now, there’s no space at their shelter dedicated to dogs, so NAS relies
upon their network of volunteers to provide home-based care for these pups.
Their dream is to acquire land and build a no-cage, no-kill shelter with enough
room to provide veterinary care and hold adoption events. They envision a
property with a large, fenced area for healthy feral cats and dogs to roam
freely and safely, and to provide lifetime sanctuary for those deemed
unadoptable. Furthermore, their intention is to host free spay/neuter days and
to provide low-cost veterinary care for pet parents bearing heavy financial
With the funds awarded by the Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, Noah's Ark
Sanctuary bolstered their ongoing efforts to provide care and management for a
local feline colony. A couple of years ago, this group of cats took up residence
in a tackroom at an equestrian park. Every spring brought a bumper crop of feral
kittens. When they began working with the colony, there were over 200
malnourished and sickly cats in the park. Thanks to our donation and community
support, they now have a system in place to keep the cats safe and healthy. What
was an out-of-control community of feline misery is now manageable colony of 70
healthy cats who are able to live in security and comfort.
One of the cats, Natasha, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her back,
which necessitated surgery. As Barbara put it, “Your generous donations saved
her life.” The operation was a complete success, giving her a second chance at a
normal life. Barbara added, “She is just one of many animals blossoming thanks
to you.” Additionally, our funds were dedicated to their continuing efforts to
educate the public about responsible pet parenting. Thanks to NAS, more and more
Pompano Beachers are adopting companion animals from rescues.
We’d like to convey our heartfelt thanks to all of our readers and customers
who, through their personal donations and continued business, made this grant
possible. Each one of you has directly helped Noah’s Ark Sanctuary to continue
its vital work towards making the world a better place for abandoned companion
Remember, every time you order Life’s Abundance products, a portion of the sale
goes directly to our foundation.
If you or someone you know works with an animal rescue organization that’s
worthy of special recognition and some extra financial support, please know that
we are still actively seeking grant applications for 2012. With your help, we’re
ready to fund more dreams and make other life-saving stories possible.
Check back next month for another dose of good news!