We are pleased to report that our Santa Paws fundraiser on December 3 at All Dogs was a hit. Alexandra and Philip Lenz of Lenz Photography volunteered their services for Noah's Arc and did a fantastic job taking Christmas photos of everyone's fur babies. Please show your support for their generosity to Noah's Arc by patronizing them(contact information below). Also, a big thank you goes to Holly Myers and her staff at All Dogs for once again letting us hold Santa Paws at All Dogs and helping out with the event. Many thanks to Elaine Chester and Lynn Spain for a great job chairing Santa Paws and to the Noah's Arc elves who helped out at the event: Joann Zimmerman, Leslie Conner, Charlene Wyatt, Kelsey Nelson, Tammie Moore, Robyn Robinson, Kim Hall, Linda Rippetoe, Martha Lionberger, Kelly Moore, Susan Widener, Pam Rankin and Kathy Hayes.
If you brought your pets to be photographed and have not yet picked up your picture card, it is available at All Dogs.
Thanks again to Lenz Photography: 423-736-6062 or email info@LenzPhotography.com
We are pleased to report that our Sisterhood Shindig benefit on November 10 was a hit, filling Perk Prater Hall at Rose Center with a crowd who gathered to hear Edie Wadsworth read from her memoir, All the Pretty Things. Described as "the story of a Southern girl who went through fire to find her way home," Edie, who hails from East Tennessee, brought us to tears with her reading. Great food and fun shopping rounded out the evening and we thank the vendors and food trucks who participated.
Special thanks go to Trish Hatfield Adams and Robyn Robinson for a great job chairing the event and to the Noah's Arc board members who helped out: Elaine Chester, Susan Widener, Martha Lionberger, Kim Hall, Lynn Spain, Linda Rippetoe, Pam Rankin, Robin Evans and Kim and Perry Hall. Many thanks also to Roadside Revival mobile fashion boutique for sponsoring the event.
We can hardly believe it but this month, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of Noah's Arc. The State of Tennessee officially recognized Noah's Arc as a nonprofit corporation on September 19, 1991.
Noah's Arc, which stands for Neighbors Organizing Animal Health, Safety and Responsible Care, was the brainchild of Dandridge attorneys Rebecca Slone and Susan Barton. Becky had previously volunteered at a kill shelter and, disenchanted with her experience, decided there had to be a better alternative. She and Susan came up with the concept of the no-kill rescue organization that is Noah's Arc today. As Becky recalls, five people started meeting together, fostering animals in their homes and holding fundraisers(some things never change!).
The first dog rescued by the newly organized Noah's Arc was Disney, a beagle mix who was hit by a car and left by the side of the road to die. Taken to the local shelter and set to be euthanized, Noah's Arc pulled her from the shelter and paid for the surgery to repair her seven broken bones. After her recovery, she was adopted almost immediately and lived to be 18 years old.
Susan Widener, our current president and the face of Noah's Arc for many years, became involved with Noah's Arc in late 1991 and along with Becky, Julie Price, Rose Anne Trantham and Susie McKinney, began fostering animals in her home. As the number of animals rescued continued to grow, Susan offered space on her 65 acre farm for use as a kennel. She and Becky installed the fencing themselves, using old camper tops as shelter for the dogs.
By early 1994, Noah's Arc had 27 dogs and 3 cats in rescue and by the end of the year, had adopted out 450 animals since 1991. Ten years later, in February 2004, Noah's Arc had 120 dogs and 130 cats in shelter. Along the way, in 2000, new dog runs were built and metal carport roofs were put up in each run. Buildings were also erected to house the cats. In 2012, after the state acquired the property on which the cat buildings stood to make way for a new highway, two new large buildings for the cats were built. Just last month, we completed a major renovation of the fencing in the dog runs(more on that next month).
While our mission, rescuing and rehoming stray, abused and abandoned animals, has remained constant over the years, we've come a long way. It is an impossible task to capture in one newsletter the story of Noah's Arc over the last 25 years. It has been an amazing journey filled with countless rescues, many heartbreaking, and dedicated volunteers too numerous to name. To Becky Slone, co-founder, board member and volunteer for many years, we would not be here without your vision in 1991 of a no-kill rescue organization. To Susan Widener, whose decision to open her farm to Noah's Arc animals so many years ago has meant devoting her life to animals in need, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude. To all of our volunteers over the last 25 years, we are forever grateful because without you, we could not have rescued over 4000 animals. And to Lakeway Animal Hospital and White Pine Veterinary Clinic, we cannot thank you enough for providing excellent veterinary care at a reduced cost for the dogs and cats in our program over the years.
Finally, we are profoundly grateful to our members and the community for their financial support of our mission to rescue animals in need. We hope you enjoy the photos from our early years, the pictures of animals adopted over the years sent in by their adoptive families and the heartwarming story of King, one of our rescues.
Our gorgeous felines, roughly 170, all live at the Noah's Arc Cat Haven. We have two large buildings, built several years ago, and four much smaller buildings to house all of the cats in residence at Noah's Arc. We hope that at least some of our cats will find forever homes but in the meantime, we desperately need your help in providing care for the cats.
If you can spend even two hours a week at the Cat Haven, we can definitely use your help. Please call Susan at 423-748-2444 if you can help.
We are pleased to announce that our 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign, launched in August 2015 in anticipation of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Noah's Arc in September 2016, was a great success! Our goal was to raise enough funds to replace the fencing and gates in our Dog Harbor. As we reported when we started the campaign, the dog runs were built in the year 2000 and over the years, the fencing and gates had deteriorated to the point that we could not safely confine all of our dogs. Many of the gates were difficult to open and close, making the daily feeding and watering of the dogs a frustrating chore. Now, going in and out of each run is a breeze, giving the volunteers more time to spend with the dogs instead of struggling with the gates. All of us, volunteers and dogs alike, are enjoying the newly renovated Dog Harbor. Honestly, we cannot think of a more fitting tribute to our 25 year journey of rescuing homeless animals.
For everyone who contributed to the campaign, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the faith and trust in us and our mission that your financial support represents. We are forever grateful to Bill Cahoon, who donated $27,000 and without whom, completing the project would not have been possible. As you can see from the photos, we have named the Dog Harbor the Bill Cahoon Complex in his honor. Finally, we are especially thankful to Chris Reyes and Susan Widener for overseeing the project on the ground and seeing it through to completion.
Alcoa Howmet Employees
Best Friends Pet Services
Cremation Services of East Tennessee
Clara Jo Goode
Linda and Steve Rippetoe
Darsi and Benjamin Sirknen
Strate Insurance Group
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Judith Ann Pound
Dwight and Marty Sharp
Trish Hatfield Adams
The Brombach Family
Jack and Patsy Cartwright
Bob Romines and Family
Stan and Sondra Sankowski
Noah's Arc dogs Ellie, Tyson and Kassidy enjoyed an outing to Rita's Italian Ice on Market Square in Knoxville on Saturday, October 29. Ellie is a gorgeous 3 year old Walker coonhound who was rescued from a kill shelter in eastern Kentucky. She is super sweet and gets along well with other dogs. Tyson is a one to two year old hound/boxer mix who came from the same kill shelter. He is playful and seems to love everyone. Kassidy is a one to two year old hound mix who came in as a stray. She is friendly and playful. Any one of these three would fit right in and make a great addition to your fur family.
Many thanks to volunteers Kaye Graybeale, Judy Sheffield and Mary Moffatt Helms for helping out with the dogs and to Nancy at Rita's for hosting us.
Once again, Lia Overholt, former chef/owner of Pappadopps Restaurant, wowed us with her spaghetti and meatballs at our Spaghetti Dinner benefit at Good Shepherd Lutheran on October 6. Thanks, Lia, for all of your hard work and to Mary Moffatt Helms for doing a great job chairing the event along with Lia. Many thanks also to Lia's crew of sous-chefs, Elaine Chester, Lynn Spain, Susan Widener and Perry Hall and to the following volunteers who worked tirelessly the day of the dinner: Elaine, Lynn, Susan, Perry, Mary Moffatt Helms, Robin Evans, Linda Rippetoe, Chris Reyes, Tammie Moore, Starla Myers, Kim Hall, Pam Hurt, Martha Lionberger and Charlene Wyatt.
Noah’s Arc pooches Chance, Tyson and Bristol enjoyed an outing to Rita’s Italian Ice on Market Square in Knoxville on Saturday, September 24. They got lots of attention, which they lapped up, but they are still available for adoption. Tyson is a one to two year old hound mix who is cute as can be and, as you can see, loves kids. He gets along with everyone and would fit in anywhere. He’s a recent rescue from a kill shelter in the area. Chance is a pit bull who has been with us at Noah’s Arc for way too long. A consummate couch potato, he loves people, especially anyone who will give him a belly rub. Bristol is a super sweet rotti mix. She loves to go for rides and is house and crate trained.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped at this event:
Carol Nickle, Karen Franck, Lisa Parsons & Lisa Mullican.
We are pleased to report that the 2016 Fur Ball was a great success! The setting, Nolichucky Vineyard on the banks of the Nolichucky River, was beautiful and chef Jimmy Zappier, of Anthony's Pizza, served up an enticing buffet of delicious Italian food. DJ Joey Wilder kept the dance floor hopping and, with over 60 items to bid on, from UT football tickets to Dollywood passes, the silent auction had shoppers busy most of the night.
A huge thanks goes to Alex Martin of Nolichucky Vineyard for donating the use of the Vineyard for the Fur Ball. A special thanks also goes to C&C Motor Sports for donating the use of 2 golf carts to bring guests to and from the parking area. We also want to thank the Fur Ball co-chairs, Elaine Chester and Martha Lionberger, for their hard work and the following volunteers, without whom the Fur Ball would not have happened: JoAnn and Dale Zimmerman; Mary Beth and Scott Bryant; Charlene Wyatt; Joe Chester; Paul McQuade; Lynn Spain; Tammie Moore; Susan Widener; Robin Evans; Lia Overholt; Linda Rippetoe; Chris Reyes; Dan Dryan; and, Kim and Perry Hall.
Last but not least, thanks to all who supported Noah's Arc by buying tickets or sending in donations for the Fur Ball and to the many businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction.
What a fun evening, had by all! Even though we had a bit of a snag with the sound system at first, thanks to Kim and Perry Hall it was resolved and the Comedy Show began. Better late than never is my motto! I do appreciate our understanding audience for being extra patient.
Karen Mills and Brian Bates were hilarious, as promised.
Many thanks to Robyn Robinson for chairing this event and working tirelessly to make it a success! Also, thank you to Comedy for a Cause committee members Trish Hatfield Adams, Brooke Cornett and Brittany Johns for their hard work and to the volunteers who assisted that evening: Susan Widener, Linda Rippetoe, Tammie Moore, Brooke Cornett, and Kim and Perry Hall.
This event was made possible by our generous sponsors:
After being adopted and returned after years, Jake has now found his forever home!! His new parents enjoy hiking and being active. Jake took to them immediately!
Cheers to Rebecca! She's been adopted. Happy life sweet girl.
Ty now Memphis found his forever home this week what a beauty.
We are so pleased to announce that Adam, a shepherd mix who spent several years with us, has found his forever home in New York City and has a new baby brother.
Opie has now found his forever home with a family in Knoxville and a new sister named Mollie.
We are thrilled beyond belief by the news that brothers Leo and Jackson, who spent several years at Noah's Arc, have been adopted together by a family in New York.
Take a look at Wilbur in his new home! Wilbur and a buddy were rescued by us from the Hamblen County landfill in 2009. Wilbur's buddy was adopted 3 years ago. Now age 8, Wilbur finally had his chance at a forever home, for another miracle adoption of a Noah's Arc senior long-timer!
From her new family: She's grown into such a beautiful girl! Thanks again for giving her a loving home until she could find us and bless our home with her sass and antics!
Meadow came to us as a stray who was found with ten newborn puppies. Shy and insecure, she quickly gained her footing in her new forever home and is a happy go lucky couch lover now.
We don't think Santa could have brought us any better Christmas present at Noah's Arc than the adoption of our big boy Harry. Allan, his new owner, says Harry is "wonderful" and that he "loves him to death." Thanks, Allan, you made our year!
"We are a great match in terms of temperament and he is an all around amazing dog. He is always very excited to meet other dogs and is super respectful and polite."
Day one of life with his new family! "Fast friends finding their way," says Murphy's new mom.
Ross was pulled from a local kill shelter and went on transport to New York City. We could not be happier for him with his new family, thanks to For Pets Sake, the local transport group who collaborates with us to find homes up north for our pups.
Domino is doing GREAT. She’s got a little spring in her step now and she is SUPER sweet. I’m in love. She loves her bed and she loves to cuddle with the lambchop stuffed animal I got her.
I sure do love him a lot! He's quite the cuddler, and I couldn't imagine my life without him now. Thank you again for all the care you gave him before he became my forever love!