Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation is a no-kill shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Since 1986, we have provided shelter, love and care to abandoned, neglected, abused and lost animals.
Noah’s Ark incorporated in 1988 and was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable, nonprofit organization in 1993. Initially, the shelter only took in cats, however, in 1996, we expanded our programs and were able to start accepting dogs.
The Shelter reorganized in 2000 with an expanded Board of Directors, and a new mission statement emphasizing an active adoption and spay/neuter program. The direct result was CCSNAP (Caring Community Spay Neuter Assistance Program), which subsidizes sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats on a shared basis with the pet owner. CCSNAP-sponsored Big Fix Campaigns, have had a significant impact on the number of homeless animals in our area. In 2002, CCSNAP was expanded to include subsidizing 100% of the cost of sterilization surgeries for stray and feral cats.
In the spring of 2004, construction was completed on our new “green” shelter building—the Catherine V. Glann Building. Located at 1986 West Gear Avenue, the new shelter was specifically designed for housing animals, and included for the first time in Noah’s Ark’s history indoor dog kennels.
In 2005, Noah’s Ark was accepted by PetSmart Charities, Inc. as its Adoption Center Partner at the Clive (West Des Moines) PetSmart store. Ten to twelve Noah’s Ark cats at a time are housed and cared for at the Center until adopted through Noah’s Ark. This allows us to offer a 7 day a week adoption program.
Through our cat and dog adoption programs, most animals quickly find good homes with kind, responsible people to care for them, while others live at Noah’s Ark for a longer period of time. No dog or cat under our care is ever “put to sleep” unless a medical condition is causing undue suffering or there is an extreme behavioral problem.
At Noah’s Ark we believe that every animal’s life is special, worthy of our respect, and deserving of humane treatment. Every day we are called upon to rescue and care for more animals in need, whose lives depend upon our ability to give them food, shelter, and medical care. Your gift makes it possible for us to transform a sick and lonely animal’s suffering into a lifesaving treatment, a nutritious meal, a warm bed, and a loving touch. All of this and more is what Noah’s Ark means to the animals and we work diligently to make all of this possible.
Every day at Noah’s Ark we:
- Rescue stray and homeless animals and give them a safe haven in our shelter facility
- Provide hospitalization and medical care for sick, injured animals
- Offer cat and dog adoption programs to place pets in good, responsible homes
- Offer guidance and investigation concerning animal cruelty complaints
- Sponsor educational and volunteer programs for all ages to teach and promote proper care of animals
- Organize spay/neuter discount programs (CCSNAP) to reduce pet-overpopulation
- Neuter and spay all of our shelter animals
- Sponsor a feral cat spay/neuter program