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It’s that time again…yes, our quarterly festival of puppies, kittens, gorgeous dogs and UNBELIEVABLE deals.

Paws on the Pavement is THIS SATURDAY, May 18th from 10am to 6pm at 4012 Hillsboro Pike, Green Hills, TN.

You won’t want to miss this one…

We’ll have a kissing booth, bake sale, in store specials, adoptable kittens, adoptable dogs, return appearances by some of our biggest successes in 2012 and MORE!

Please come out Saturday.  We can’t wait to see you!

Our roster of adoptable attendees so far includes:

Harper
Barnabas
Eleanor
Bella
Liv
Vanessa
Xavier
Yuma
Winston
and
Zenia

More to come!!! 

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We try to make supporting Noah’s Ark Society fun AND easy…and what’s easier than enjoying a great meal in order to give?  You have to eat, right?

So…we’ve signed up with Ruby Tuesday to be part of their community give back initiative.  We had an amazing turnout two weeks ago in Brentwood, and there are still 2 Tuesdays to go….

Tuesday May 14th AND Tuesday May 28th. 

Here’s how it works.

1) Print the attached form
2) Eat At Ruby Tuesday
3) Give the form to your server

DONE….  Yes, it really is that simple!

On May 14th the Green Hills Restaurant will be supporting Noah’s Ark Society and on May 28th the Mt. Juliet Restaurant will be serving in support of Noah’s Ark Society.

Oh, and did we mention?  Ruby Tuesday takes reservations, so no worries about getting a date night table, or enough room for the whole family….why not do a department outing at work, and get your coworkers to go?  It’s good good, awesome salad bar, and a good cause.

Here’s the link to the flyer: http://image.rubytuesdayrestaurants.com/lib/feb915797d6d0278/m/21/448404082013.pdf

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We are right in the middle of our 2013 membership drive, and this is an exciting one for Noah’s Ark Society.  Maybe you adopted a dog, cat, chicken, rabbit, turtle, horse, goat, donkey or pony from us… (Yes, we really did rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out all of the above last year!!!).  Maybe you follow us on Facebook or on our website, and just believe in what we do.  Maybe you are new to Noah’s Ark Society, but just want to support a GREAT cause.  Whatever has led you here, we are just very glad that you found us.

So about that Membership Drive….we have 4 levels of membership as follows:

Individual – $25
Family – $50
Sponsor – $200
Patron – $500

With each membership level you can get amazing rewards from Noah’s Ark Society.  First and foremost, everyone who joins will be entered into a drawing to win a family 4 pack of park hopper tickets to Walt Disney World.  That’s a $600 value!!  For every increment of $25 you donate with your membership you get 1 entry to win.  For instance, with an individual membership of $25 you get 1 entry, but maybe you want a family membership, and want to donate an additional tax deductible $50 for a $100 total donation…you’ll get 4 entries into the raffle.  All Members will also receive our gorgeous monthly newsletter.

The drawing for these tickets closes on June 14th, and we’ll draw the winner June 15th, in plenty of time for you to plan your Summer Vacation.

If you support Noah’s Ark Society at the sponsor level you’ll automatically receive a Noah’s Ark Society T-Shirt, and if you are able to support us at the Patrol level you’ll receive a T-Shirt, Coffee Mug, and our Canine Cookbook; Sniff the Cook.

We’ll include the names of all sponsors and patrons on our website, and include your business in our links and referrals page if you are a sponsoring business. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Help us keep up the lifesaving work we are doing by supporting Noah’s Ark Society and becoming a member today.

A copy of our Membership Form can be found here: Membership Form

A copy of our April Newsletter can be found here: Noah’s Ark Society April 2013 Newsletter

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We have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who kept an eye out for Queenie and shared her information.  The entire neighborhood was aware that Queenie was missing from the network of volunteers who went door to door and the shared posts through Facebook.

Thankfully through storms, flooding, and days of beautiful Spring weather, Queenie never left the area, and today Queenie was caught, safe and sound.

Queenie will be coming back to Noah’s Ark Society, and back to her original foster mom, Megan.  We have a feeling Queenie may life with Megan forever, but we’ll know more on that in the near future.  In Megan’s words, Queenie is a little thin right now, but the GREAT news is she is safe, and on the way home.

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Please help us find Queenie!  Queenie was lost near her home in Greenbrier, TN this afternoon near Swift Rd and New Hall Rd, close to the New Hall Rd and I-65 junction. She is wearing a Brown Collar with Green Spots and Noah’s Ark Society Tag. Queenie is a blue tick Catahoula mix. She is very shy and timid. She was only in her adoptive home for 2 days before getting lost, so will not know her neighborhood well. Please DO NOT CHASE Queenie. If you see her, call Noah’s Ark Society at 615-438-7184 immediately with detailed information on where she was spotted.

We DO have a search party going out to look for Queenie on SUNDAY APRIL 28 AT 10:00 AM. The meeting address is  7540 Swift Rd, Greenbrier, TN.  If you have any time at all on Sunday, please join in the search.  

Photos of Queenie are below:




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APRIL 26 Update – with the weather forecast of 80% Chance of Rain and high temps in the 50’s tomorrow we have decided that it would not be in the best interest of our volunteers or dogs to attend this event.   We have made apologies to Happy Re-Tales, and hate to back out, but we also must do what is right for all of you who give so much of your time and support to us.  Thank you for your continued care of our rescue dogs, and we look forward to seeing you at our next adoption event.

 
Please join us for the 1st Annual Love is Pawsible Pet Adoption Fair this Saturday! It will be held at the Lakeside Center in Maryland Farms with dogs and cats from over 11 different Middle Tennessee Rescues including Noah’s Ark Society looking for their Forever Homes. This is a FREE Pet and Family Friendly Adoption Fair with contests, face painters, balloons, samples of food and of course, shopping. We hope to see you there! We would like to thank our sponsors, Humane Healing, Nutrisource, WKRN and Nashville Paw for helping make this event possible.

We’re still working on our list of dogs who will be in attendance, but right now we have confirmed that Harper, Barnabas, Dobro, and Bella will all be present. 

We hope to see you there!

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Want to be involved with Noah’s Ark Society in a bigger way?  We are recruiting for some great volunteers to be a part of what we do.

Some of the current needs are:

  • Dog Adoption Coordinators – we’re looking for 2 people who love dogs, and have about 5 hours a week to work on helping approve applicants for dog adoption
  • Cat Adoption Coordinator – We’re looking for 1 person who loves cats, and has about 1 hour a week to work on our cat adoption team.
  • Horse Adoption Coordinator – We’re looking for 1 person who loves cats, and has about 2 hours a week to work on our equine adoption team.
  • Horse Training Volunteers – We’re looking for 1 person in the Gallatin area and 1 person the Franklin area that is horse experienced and willing and able to spend hands on time with our rescue horses in foster.  This role takes a commitment of about 2 hours per week.
  • Photographers – If you have photography skills and a camera that takes better photos than a phone, we need you!  Anywhere in Middle Tennessee is helpful, since our foster dogs and horses are scattered among great homes throughout the region.
  • Ebay Manager – If being an online afficionado is your forte, then we would LOVE you to manage our online Ebay store.  We’ll send you the details on all donations for sale, and you simply list, the items so we can raise $ for the animals in our care.

There are lots of other ways to be involved as well, so if these don’t interest you, but you do want to volunteer, please just email us at noah@noahsarksociety.org.  We’ll happily put your skills and experience to work to help the animals!

 

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Our Noah’s Ark Society email server is being upgraded, but in the meantime we are experiencing a 24 hour outage.  For Wednesday April 10th ONLY, we will not be able to send or receive email at any email address ending with @noahsarksociety.org.  If you need to reach us, please email noahsarksociety@gmail.com.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please note—our online application and online foster application are NOT affected by this outage.  You can still apply to adopt or foster online at any time.

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DART is next week!!! We’ve had lots of questions about it, so here’s the basics. DART is an acronym for Disaster Animal Response Training.  It is a certification designation that was established by FEMA, and is administered in Tennessee by TEMA.  Everyone is welcome to attend this class!

If you know you are coming, please RSVP, but only so we can plan for food and drinks.  You can come even if you don’t RSVP.

There are two levels of DART – Registered Volunteers and Credentialed Responders.  

A Registered Volunteer gets an ID badge from the state and goes on a call-down list to be able to assist with disasters in their county of residence.  As a registered volunteer you are not certified to help outside your home county.

Credentialed Responders get an ID badge from the state and go on a call-down list to be able to assist with disasters ANYWHERE in the state.  Additionally, Credentialed Responders will be invited to train with our Animal Criminal Investigation Team.  Starting in the 2nd Quarter of 2013, we will begin quarterly training seminars, led by TJ Jordi that will be open exclusively to those who have become Credentialed Responders through the Noah’s Ark Society sponsored DART Certification classes.

To be a Registered Volunteer ALL you need to do is attend the class we are sponsoring on the 26th from 6pm to 9pm at the Ellington Agricultural Center. No Charge, just 3 hours of your time. To be a Credentialed Responder you have to complete 4 online courses AND attend the in person class. There is still no cost, it just takes more time to do. 

If you want to be a credentialed responder, but don’t have time before next week to finish the online classes, that is OK! Just come to class, and finish the online part when you can. You’ll get a new FEMA id whenever you complete the online classes, which you can do ANY time. This may be the only in person class this year to be certified, so don’t miss it!!!



When: March 26th, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm (Drinks and snacks provided by Noah’s Ark Society)

Where: The Ed Jones Auditorium at the Ellington Agricultural Center

 From I-65: Take Exit #78-A east on Harding Place. Take a right at the second light onto Trousdale Drive. Travel south on Trousdale for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left on to Hogan Road at the four-way stop. Hogan Road ends at the front gates of the Ellington Agricultural Center. Note: all buildings have identifying lawn signs for your convenience.
From I-24: Take exit #56 west on Harding Place to the Nolensville Road intersection at Walmart. Turn left onto Nolensville Road and travel south 1/10 mile and turn right onto Edmondson Pike. Travel 1 1/2 miles on Edmondson Pike. The east entrance to Ellington Agricultural Center is on the right.
Required Pre-Requisite Courses to be a Credentialed Responders:
Recommended Courses for Credentialed Responders who want additional education:
Non FEMA Recommended Courses:
Basic First Aid and CPR (Offered by American Red Cross)
Animal First Aid (Offered by American Red Cross)

 

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We have so much going on right now, we wanted to post just a quick overview.  Please keep tabs on our Facebook, or just email us for more details on any of the events below.

Please check our calendar often.  We have lots of events through Winter and Spring with more being added.

On our calendar right now:

January 27th: Adoption Event at Tractor Supply in Franklin, TN.  10am to 4pm.  1011 Hillview Drive, Franklin, TN.

Feb 10th:  Noah’s Ark Society Annual Meeting. 2pm, hosted at W Squared.  5500 Maryland Way, Suite 200, Brentwood, TN

Feb 16th: (Tentative).  Our first 2013 Paws on the Pavement Yard Sale and Adoption Event!  Hosted by Free Beer Men’s Consignment.  4012 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN.  10am to 6pm.

Feb 23rd: Equine Foster Farm Work Day.  Help clear brush and work on fence lines at the Cedar Hill foster farm!  11:00am to 3:00pm.  RSVP for address and directions.

March 26th: Disaster Animal Response Team Training.  6pm to 9pm, at the Ellington Agricultural Center.

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We adore ALL of our foster homes, and love getting new ones.  If you have ever wondered what fostering is like, please enjoy this write up from one of our Noah’s Ark Foster Homes that fosters both dogs and horses:

“We love fostering for Noah’s Ark Society.  The Noah’s Ark Team is so supportive.  We get help and advice on training, animal welfare, and Noah’s Ark Society offered to cover all costs for our foster animals–both dogs and horses, so we get to love them and enjoy them without the outlay of cost that we have for our own pets.  Seeing an animal that has come from a shelter or neglect environment respond once they are in our home is like watching a miracle take place before your eyes.  First it is a tail wag or a nicker and neigh, then you see the faded light return to the eyes.  An animal that was hopeless finds hope again, and soon realizes that love is not a one way street.  Fostering is not a sacrifice.  Fostering is an opportunity and a reward.  Fostering is knowing that we have saved a life.  I would say single handedly, but that wouldn’t be true.  The life saving effort is a team effort, and we know we have never been alone in it that effort.  Between work, family obligations, and life in general it can be so challenging to feel you are making a difference in the world.  Fostering makes an enormous difference, and we are all better for it.  We can’t recommend a better organization that Noah’s Ark Society, or a more noble cause!”

We now have a foster applicaton on our website here: FOSTER APPLICATION.  This application takes about 5 minutes to fill out, and goes straight to our foster coordinator who heads up our foster team.  Because we are an all species all breed rescue, the sky is the limit on what you can foster.  We have families that just want to foster pigs, or just lab type breeds, or just dogs under 10 pounds.  As a foster home, you set the rules, and all your rules are ok.

So, now you may be asking, who needs foster now?  Well…we have a few babies who need foster now:

Shadow – Shadow is a 1 year old, house trained, pure bred black lab.  His original family went through a divorce, and Shadow became a rescue.  He’s great with all other animals and little kids!

Darcy: Darcy is an 18 month old pure bred Beagle.  She is 22 pounds, loves people and other animals, and is a complete doll.

Bosco: Bosco is a 16 year old Quarterhorse Gelding who would like to be with all geldings, and no mares…well technically he’d like all mares and no geldings, but we think he’ll do better with a group of boys, since he can’t seem to stop thinking about girls all the time.

Brianna – Brianna is a 9 year old Pocket Beagle, which is a registered designer breed.  She is about 8 pounds, and was used as a breeder girl by a backyard breeder.  This poor girl has not really known love in her life and needs TLC to be shown how special she is.  She really wants to give and receive love.

Lily:  Lily is 90% Lab, and is very shy.  She would love her foster and forever home to be quiet and calm, probably without noisy young children.  She loves other dogs, so a canine foster brother or sister will be great for her.  If her foster home has a quiet place she can go when strangers are around, she will really benefit from that.  Lily is under 2 years old, and just learning about how great life really is.

Ozzy:  This big guy is still all puppy.  He is a White German Shepherd goofball.  Ozzy is loving and active.  If you want a running companion, Ozzy would love to go jogging with you.  He is about 10 months old, and full of happiness.

Hazel:  Are herding dogs more your preference?  Then ask us about fostering Hazel!  This cattle dog sweetheart is a good girl who likes to be active and given a job.  Cats and little dogs aren’t for her, but she adores dogs her own size, and having mental stimulation.  Hazel is housetrained, and a snuggler when inside.

Whether you want a 6 pound dog or a 1200 pound horse, we have animals in ALL shapes and sizes looking for someone to give them a loving stopover on the way to forever.  We hope to hear from you today, and once again, the foster application can be found here: FOSTER APPLICATION.

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This gorgeous boy is Joel, though you may have originally met him under the name Rocky (which was his name at Cheatham County Animal Control) or Robert (a name that floated around for him on the internet).



Joel is a new arrival to Noah’s Ark Society, though we have been caring for him for about a week. Sadly, whomever owned Joel let him run loose, and Joel ended up having a collision with a car…he was injured, but lucky enough to have a second chance at life.

Joel was picked up by Cheatham Animal Control and then taken quickly by a Noah’s Ark Society volunteer to the vet so an assessment of his injuries and a plan of action could be made.

On January 3rd, Joel became free by law to transfer to rescue, and immediately came to Noah’s Ark Society. He is at the vet now with surgery scheduled for 01/04/12. The surgery is called FHO, and is an alteration of the broken femoral head on the him bone. It sounds painful, but it will allow Joel to regain full use of his leg and life a pain free life.

Here is a photo of Joel on his ride to the vet from animal control.  His transporter said he was loving listening to classical music on NPR, and wagged his tail the whole time!

We DO have a foster home lined up for Joel, but is is needing your help with funding his surgery which will cost about $1500….and he is looking for a forever mom and dad.  This big boy is a dream come true, and we want to do everything we can to give him the best rest of his life he could ever have!

Chip In for Joel’s Surgery via Paypal

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We wish everyone a happy and safe New Year, and thank you all for your support in 2012.  We were able to save over 100 animals this year through the support of wonderful people like you!

Some highlights of our 2012:

  • We participated in 3 Animal Rescue Corp large scale seizures, including Operation Sweethearts, Operation Freedom, and were the first responders assisting in Operation Broken Chain.
  • We hosted and sponsored our first Disaster Animal Response Team class in cooperation with TEMA and the State Veterinarian’s Office
  • We expanded Noah’s Ark Society to include equine and livestock rescue
  • We were able to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in dire,need, and at great expense, such as Grace, Peaches, Blackie and Mazie as a direct result of support of our fundraisers and your donations.
  • The Noah’s Ark Society volunteer base has almost doubled in size!
  • We expanded from Nashville only to adding a second branch near Toledo and have started a New England NAS branch.

Looking forward to 2013 we are excited to announce some great news:

  • We are hosting a second Disaster Animal Response Team Training in March 2013 – if you attended the prior class or attend the upcoming DART training then we will be contacting about an exciting opportunity to become a first responder on our Animal Criminal Investigation Team that will be operating state wide!
  • Our Spring Membership drive will have an opportunity to win tickets to Walt Disney World!
  • Noah’s Ark Society is actively recruiting for volunteers who want to get involved with a powerful movement for advancing towards a no kill society. 

Thank you again for your support in 2012, and we look forward to wonderful things to come in 2013!

 

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Noah’s Ark Society’s annual Giving Tree will be up for 2 more weeks.  The concept may be familiar–it is the same as an angel tree, but all of our angels have four legs, and an above average amount of body hair.

Some of our angels are foster dogs, some belong to people in our community that need a little extra help this holiday season, and still others are in the shelter waiting for a family or space in rescue so they can take the next step in their journey to forever.

The requests are simple…for most, the #1 request is a forever home, but other requests are tennis balls, alfalfa cubes, dog food, or toys. 

Please consider our giving tree this holiday season.  It can make a difference in the life of a dog, cat, rabbit or horse in need.

Donations can be dropped off in Green Hills, Franklin, Brentwood, Lebanon, or Gallatin, just email us at noah@noahsarksociety.org for the exact address, and watch our Facebook page for daily updates of animal angels.  The Giving Tree is located in My Sister’s Closet Consignment Boutique at 4012 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN.

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Noah’s Ark Society is actively recruiting for volunteers to join the team.  Please write us to learn more.  We are detailing some current opportunities below, but there are a TON of ways to get involved that take anywhere from 1 hour a month to 10 hours a week.

1) Preventatives Coordinator – keep track of medical supplies, supplements and preventatives (flea/tick and heartworm), and mail preventatives to foster homes on the first of each month for the dogs in their care.

2) Home Visit Volunteers – Visit applicants in their homes to help with the adoption process.  We provide the training, you get to meet great like  minded individuals who love animals, and want to give one a home!

3) Reference Checkers – Volunteer from your couch or office!  Reference checkers just need to make phone calls to vet and personal references and the occasional landlord to make sure that the animals in our care are going to great people who will love them for life!

4) Volunteer Coordinator – This is a higher time role, but someone we really need.  If you are really detail oriented, have great communication and computer skills, we need you!  You will help communicate the mission of Noah’s Ark Society to new volunteers, recruit volunteers for special events, and make sure that everyone who wants to be part of the Noah’s Ark Society team is in the role that is right for them. 

This is just a sampling of current volunteer opportunities, but there are more where that came from!  Please write us at noah@noahsarksociety.org if you want to join the team.

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