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Friday October 7, 2020 - Catskill New York - Closed

Friday September 30, 2020 - Catskill New York - Second work weekend at Aslan's Cats
Volunteers, Paula Galloway and Mary Dopler along with Coordinator, Dianne Montague, started addressing the bottom of the fence line, where soil was eroding, and cats escaping underneath the fence. Work for the weekend was interrupted by heavy downpours that again surface flooded the backyard, and effectively bringing outside work to a halt.

Sunday the work effort continued with Regional Coordinator, Marge Thorpe, completing the bottom fence containment work with volunteer, Rev. Mary Dopler. Thankfully the weather was better and allowed the work to be finished on that project. Meanwhile other volunteer groups including Best Friends, helped finish some demo work on the remaining sheetrock, and the contractor was busy installing rolls of insulation and sheetrock. Donation of insulation and sheetrock was made by Noah's Wish volunteer, Nick Freed. As of this posting, the sheetrock is getting a final coat of spackle and sanding. It should be ready for primer and paint by this weekend.

Pictured Patty Burkhart, Marge Thorpe and Mary Dopler


Final projects to be completed are the memorial garden that needed to be postponed until the dry well issue and other resources can be addressed, and last but not least, coordinating a wellness cat care day.

Friday September, 21, 2020 6:30am PDT - Catskill, New York

Investigating an inquiry from Region 5 volunteer Alissa Silva, Jo Ellen Cimmino contacted the Aslan Cat Sanctuary in Catskill New York, and the rest is history. Jo Ellen completed her initial assessment and found the sanctuary in true need of some volunteer help.

Flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene devastated the small cat sanctuary in Catskill New York, leaving it and its nearly 60 cats with very little. Noah's Wish viewed this as a real opportunity to help our neighbors. While not on a grand scale, this type of assistance provides the very kind of help is both very much needed and greatly appreciated by all.

Securing the sanctuary is a top priority - fences were lost in the flooding

On Friday September 21, Jo Ellen led a group of local volunteers to both help with general clean-up from the flooding, and get the sanctuary back into operation. Teams of volunteers worked in less than ideal conditions over the weekend to replace fencing, and improve drainage. Their efforts made all the difference in the world to the operators of the shelter.

While a lot was accomplished during the three days, more needed to be done. So volunteers are returning this weekend tto finish what they started. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that worked so hard to help the Aslan Cat Sanctuary, we couldn't do it without you!

If you are interested in offering your assistance please email us at [email protected] We are still looking for more volunteers to assist this weekend.

Monday August 29, 2020 10:30am PDT - Uniondale, New York - Closed 8/29/2020

Residents are reclaiming their animals at a rapid pace and the shelter will close later today.

Sunday August 28, 2020 10:00 am PDT - Uniondale, New York - Long Island

Evacuation orders are being lifted, people are beginning to reclaim their animals! The worst is over and things are not as bad as originally anticipated - Good News! The shelter weathered the storm just fine, without even a power outage. Things will be winding down over the next couple of days, with a close date of Monday or Tuesday.


Submitted by Dianne Montague, Region 4 Coordinator:

Irene hit Long Island as a category 1 and is now a tropical storm. Electricity is out all around us, but the shelter managed not to lose power. Trees are down all over and we haven't heard much news about what's happening on the island. There is still a strong wind, but it's pleasant. All the dogs had their walks this morning and are doing fine. Cats are in the laps of luxury in two big trailers from the North Shore Animal League. Walking the dogs during Irene reminded me a bit of the LA marathon but it was warmer here! Gotta go, people are beginning to pick up their animals as they return home.

Saturday August 27, 29011 4:00pm PDT - Uniondale, New York - Long Island

The response team has been busy - 90 dogs and 40 cats have been processed since the shelter opened earlier this morning. The storm is expected to pelt the island with heavy winds and rain early tomorrow morning, not to mention a 6-8 foot storm surge. Shelter staff says the location is great, it's safe and on high ground! They are extremely happy with the facilities.

Saturday August 27, 2020 12pm PDT - Uniondale, New York

Submitted by Dianne Montague, Region 4 Coordinator

Well Noah's Wish is on the road again, this time for Hurricane Irene. For me personally, I didn't know until 9:00pm last night which road I was going to be on--Long Island or Virginia Beach. Before coming to Long Island, I helped CERT set up a human shelter at Hunter College in New York City and then we set up an animal shelter here on Long Island. Our crates are ready, and people are slowly bringing in their pets. Mandatory evacuations don't start until 5pm, but all bridges to and from Long Island closed at 12pm. So we wait to see what happens next. Right now we are Jo Ellen Cimmino, Marge Thorpe, Colleen Goff, and Gail Phillips-Bosshart.

Saturday August 27,2020 8:00am PDT - Nassau County NY

Volunteers, Coordinators and Staff began arriving at the emergency shelter in Unionville early this morning. They are setting up a temporary shelter in advance of Hurricane Irene tomorrow. The shelter is at Mitchell Field, one of the few areas of "high ground" in Long Island. Watch this space for additional updates as they become available.

Friday August 26, 2020 8:00am PDT - Nassau County NY

Noah's Wish has been asked to staff prestorm shelters in conjunction with Pet Safe Coalition and county emergency management. Volunteers will begin arriving at the shelter location Saturday morning.

Wednesday August 23, 2020 12:00pm PDT - Lincoln, California - Closed August 25, 2020

Yesterday a fully loaded propane tank car caught fire in Lincoln and is still burning. Because of the danger of an explosion, surrounding neighborhoods have been evacuated. Currently 5,000 homes are in the evacuation zone. In response to a request from Placer County Animal Control, Noah's Wish has established a shelter outside of the restricted area in Rocklin. Evacuees are being advised to take their animals to the shelter. It is anticipated the shelter will remain open for the next 24 hours.

Friday July 29, 2020 9:00am PDT - Minot North Dakota - Closed July 30, 2020

The last of Noah's Wish volunteers will be packing up and heading for home over the weekend. This will close out our response to flooding in Minot, North Dakota. This has been a long and extremely difficult response for everyone.
We would like to sincerely thank all of you that responded to the call for help – know that you made a significant difference in the lives of a number of animals that through no fault of their own found themselves in the emergency shelter for such an extended period of time.  Think of what could have happened if you hadn't been there to offer your support and hours of hard work.

Again, thank you one and all for all that you do to make Noah's Wish the organization that it is.

Wednesday July 20,2020 9:00am PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Submitted by Region 1 Volunteer Jim Bruener

We are all doing well considering Tuesday was a day for the record books. According to the meteorologist , the dew point was higher today than it's ever been in Minot. Temperaturess were over 100, and locals kept saying, "It never gets this hot in North Dakota!" I was soaked head to toe from sweat, and it was squishing in my boots with every step I took. But we got through it and everyone is fine. Betty Donnelson from Southern California (Region 5) is going home tomorrow. Fran Cameron (British Columbia) and Lynda Bexson (Canada) are doing fine. Carla Blessing (Region 1) took a day off - her first since arriving and plans to depart Friday, the same day I leave. She has put heart and soul into this operation, particularly the cats, who have been in her care.

The local people in Minot have been just so incredible, so giving and gracious, in spite of the devastation that has struck them and their community. Some of the daily volunteers have lost their homes and everything else - no flood insurance as they are in a 500 year plain and told that it would not be necessary. Those who live in areas safe to enter have been told to go to their homes to salvage what they can, then their homes will be bulldozed. In spite of the uncertainty that they face, they come daily to the shelter to care for the displaced animals.

Little by little the animals are going home. To see a reclaim, a family reunited, makes the long days and sweltering conditions all worth it. It is why we do what we do.

Rumor has it that this heat wave is going to break sometime tonight and the dew point should drop into the 50s with high temps in the mid-80s. We all hope so. It would be a great relief.

Saturday July 16, 2020 7:30am PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Submitted by Jo Ellen Cimmino

As of Saturday, a few animals are starting to go home, however, 160 dogs and 203 cats 25 birds and 1 iguana and 1 rabbit still remain onsite. After few hours of sleep on Friday, we still put in quite a long day with a return visit to tent city to deliver snake spray and check on a 4 week old kitten.

The weather report is calling for a severe heat index over the next few days. The heat index will reach 105 -110 degrees.
We have concern that volunteers and animals maybe effected and steps are being taken to minimize the impact of such

high temperatures. We also learned that snow can start to fall as early as September.

Friday July 15, 2020 6:30am PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Submitted by Betty Donnelson, Region 5

At 3:45 am while at the new Red Cross shelter we were notified that a storm possibly a tornado, hit the Maysa Sheltering location, also known as Tent City. A small assessment team went over to see if any assistance was needed with the animals. We were given clearance to do so by the on site American RedCross director, once the tornado warning was lifted. No issues were reported and current contact information was left.

Wednesday July 13, 2020 10:00am PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Noah's Wish volunteers - Minot

Tuesday July 12, 2020

Submitted by Dianne Montague

Jo Ellen Cimmino arrived at 1am Tuesday morning and I picked her up at the airport. Then was up again at 6am, and had to make two trips to get everyone to the shelter.

We had lunch in local restaurant with a great view and local ambiance, very nice and a good change of pace. We worked hard all day and then took more food to the tent city, which is now a Red Cross shelter.

We looked at some of the flooded areas and while the water is going down, it is very, very slow in receding.



Sunday July 10, 2020 7:30pm PDT - Minot, North Dakota 

Sunday, today, Carla Blessing arrived by Greyhound bus. It took her 48 hours. There has to be a place in heaven for her.

Many traffic lights are working again and the main bridge has all fours lanes open again. Life is slowly, slowly being the operative word, getting back to normal

Saturday July 9, 2020 7:30pm PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Saturday was very busy, what with going to the airport with new people coming in, flights being delayed, and luggage not arriving. By the end of the day Kris Smesler, Betty Donnelson, Karlyn Sturmer and Elayne Acheson had all arrived safely and were of course put to work immediately.

While Charlie was running back and forth to the airport, we made another trip to tent city with supplies. On the way back, we detoured into another flood area. It's sad to see how many streets are still under water and all the ruined homes. The town swimming pool was under water, it was only recognizable by the lounge chairs around it..

Saturday July 9, 2020 9:30am PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Submitted by Dianne Montague

Friday started as usual; clean, feed and give love to the cats. Visit to tent city with food for dogs and cats. Then back to the shelter to walk big dogs, while walking the dogs it started to drizzle. As we finished the dogs, it started to pour. When we tried to return to the shelter we found the bridge was closed due flooding. Then the next street was closed, and then the next bridge was closed. Greta Cook and I were beginning to feel like the girls "who never returned." Not sure how far we went, but we finally found a bridge that wasn't close, so we could get back to the shelter. Fortunately, the flooding was mostly gone by morning and the bridges were reopened.


Friday July 8, 2020 1:30pm PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Submitted by Dianne Montague

Our advance team of Charlie Crosby, Cathy Winkelman, and Rickey Prock arrived late Tuesday evening after having some extended fun times with the airlines. While I was flying in, they reorganized the cat room, cleaning it, and getting it down to a three hour job.( It had taken the previous cleaners from 8-6 hours to clean). Naturally, Noah' Wish looked really good. Susan Wager, the Executive Director of the Souris Valley Animal Shelter, is singing our praises. We all decided that it is much easier to clean cat crates than dog crates.

Wednesday, we took food out to "tent city" where a group of people decided they would prefer to camp out rather than go to a shelter. They we're very grateful for food for their animals.

Later, back to the shelter and to the cats plus walking big dogs. It is amazing to see the response from the community when it is time to walk the dogs. They show up in big numbers, but there aren't always enough people who are comfortable walking big dogs

Thursday back to cats in the morning. After lunch, we did a tour of the flood zones. So many homes are still underwater. We met and talked to many people, who were evacuated and their spirits are very positive, all things considered. They are still not letting people back in their homes, even for evaluation in Minot itself, but they are allowing people in some surrounding communities to go in for 12 hours a day.

We have been staying at the Red Cross shelter. It is very nice. We are in a college dorm which is air conditioned and we have a lovely sitting room.

Thursday July 7, 2020 12:00pm PDT - Minot, North Dakota

Noah's Wish continues to mobilize volunteers to respond to Minot. The first half of the month is now covered. The shelter is currently home for over 400 animals displaced by flooding. Waters are beginning to recede, however no evacuation orders have been lifted as yet.

Wednesday July 6, 2020 7:30am PDT - Minot North Dakota

Noah's Wish was requested to return to Minot North Dakota to help with sheltering animals displaced by flooding that devasted the area over the past few weeks. While the river crested over a week ago flood waters did not begin to recede until just the past few days, leaving residents out of their homes and pets in shelters for an extended amount of time. Noah's Wish volunteers arrived yesterday and are expected to remain onsite for several weeks.

Tuesday June 14, 2020 6:30am PDT - Bismarck/Minot, North Dakota - Deployment closed 6/12/2020


Friday June 10, 2020 - 6:30am PDT Minot, North Dakota

The Minot, North Dakota Animal Disaster Shelter is busy with demobilization and reclaim. Over 200 animals were cared for by Noah's Wish and local resources. As of this evening, a total of thirty animals remained in our care. The goal for complete reunification of the animals with their families is noon Saturday.

There was only one stray cat during the event, and she has been placed. Two cats have been surrendered - they will go to the veterinarian's tomorrow for their respective spay/neuter, and also have a home waiting for them.

Decontamination and sterilization of crating, bowls and other equipment has been on-going, so we feel ahead of that curve. We have begun palletizing materials, and storage is being sourced.

The cooperation of the North Dakota State Veterinarians Dr. Jesse Vollmer and Dr, Beth Carlson has been instrumental to our success with the housing of evacuated animals. The Souris Valley Animal Shelter team, when faced with a deluge of frantic owners seeking shelter for animals, truly rose to the task facing them with aplomb and grace. The community of Minot rose to the needs of their neighbors with donations of supplies for the animals and sustenance for the volunteers. Community members have also been a vital component of daily operations; we could not have achieved our goals without the gift of their time each day. Kristine Seabolt, manager of the SVAS, has graciously housed me in her home and driven me from point to point, lent me her car, all the while juggling the regular duties of the non-profit shelter that serves Ward County, as well as her family.

Once things are wrapped up in Minot, I will go to Bismarck, which is about 100 miles south, to work with the city's Emergency Operations Planners, Animal Control, the State Vet's and Central Dakota Humane Society, introducing them to intake procedures and some volunteer coordination/orientation. The city of Bismarck currently has voluntary evacuations in place. The combination of melting snow, full dams and reservoirs, saturated ground, and rain in both North Dakota and Montana are causing the Missouri River to rise, with a possibility of breaching the dikes that abound in the city. The agencies are actively planning for the rescue and housing of animals, which may be affected if flooding occurs in Burleigh County.

As always, I am grateful to each of you who has offered support and encouragement, and I am so proud to be a part of this organization - together we do make a difference.

June 6, 2020 7:30am PDT Minot, North Dakota

Numbers are decreasing at the animal disaster shelter in Minot, ND. Those living in the fringe areas of the evacuation zone have been allowed to go home, other areas are allowing limited access for residents during the daylight hours of 8 am to 10 pm, and a portion of the city still has no access. A number those in the limited access area have decided to reclaim their pets, feeling that the animals would be more comfortable being in their regular environment, even if it means they have to stay by themselves at night.

With no new animals coming in, the two shelters seem to have reached the balanced rhythms of feeding, cleaning, playing and exercising our guests. Owners come in to visit their pets, so, so appreciative of having a place for their animals to be safely housed and cared for. The smiles of gratitude are often paired with brimming eyes - lives and homes still in upheaval, but the things most precious are all safe.

The local volunteer base over the weekend has been fabulous! The cats received plenty of cuddle time, and some enjoyed being brushed and groomed. Dogs were walked multiple times in both the morning and afternoon - to the point that they were sleeping in their crates before the last volunteer left the dog sheltering area. Our bunny, who had been co-housed with a same family kitten, is now luxuriating in her new bedding, surrounded by timothy hay, leaves of lettuce and cilantro. She loves pushing her toys around and hamming it up for the volunteers.

The timeline for the temporary shelter has not yet been determined because the situation along the river remains unsafe. The saturated ground is not absorbing water very quickly, road closures remain in effect and many remain unable to return home at this time.

June 4, 2020 7:30am PDT - Minot North Dakota

Minot, North Dakota June 4, 2020

Over two hundred animals are receiving emergency disaster sheltering and care due to the evacuation of over 10,000 residents of Minot, North Dakota. The Souris Valley Animal Shelter (SVAS), a 501(c)3 non-governmental agency began taking animals in on Tuesday, May 31st and soon exceeded their capacity. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture quickly secured additional space at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Agriculture Extension, where a satellite shelter was set up June 1st. The state requested Noah's Wish assistance on June 2nd, and Mari arrived the next day.

The Souris Valley Animal Shelter is functioning at full capacity, with 80 "disaster animals", in addition to their normal load. The NDSU grain elevator facility is holding 115 animals - 56 cats, 46 dogs, two gerbils, a rat and a bunny. The building has a warren of rooms, allowing for separate housing of the species, as well as separate rooms for special care animals.

The SVAS staff has split their team between the two locations and local volunteers arrive twice daily to assist with walking, cleaning, feeding and cuddling of the animals. Families come in to care for their pets, and to visit, some twice daily. These animals are all in good health, and obviously come from good homes.

The local community has been so supportive of the emergency animal shelter, generously giving of their time, fulfilling our "wish lists", doing whatever it takes to take care of their neighbors. Some of the residents are expected to be out of their homes for weeks, while a few of the evacuees were allowed to go home today (Saturday) resulting in some "go homes". One man coming to reclaim this two Chihuahuas, one Great Dane and two cats brought volunteers a bag of jumbo mint circle candies , because the emergency disaster shelter for his critters was a real Lifesaver for his family.

June 2, 2020 7:30am PDT - North Dakota

Noah's Wish has been asked by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to help with the operation of their emergency animal shelter opened in Minot. 10,000 - 12,000 people have been evacuated in Minot and surrounding areas as flood waters rise. Weekend rains and the backup of water that normally drains into the Mississippi have made the flooding much worse than earlier anticipated.

May 25, 2020 8:00am PDT - Oklahoma

Noah's Wish is monitoring the situation in Oklahoma and has made inquiries regarding the need for assistance.

May 24, 2020 6:30am PDT - Joplin MO.

In the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that hit Joplin, MO. on Sunday, Noah's Wish has made inquiries about providing assistance to help with animal issues in the area. The state of Missouri has a standing agreement with the Humane Society of MO and they are currently able to meet the needs of Joplin. We do not anticipate outside assistance will be required.



Faulkner County, Arkansas Deployment Closed - May 16, 2020


Metropolis, Illinois Deployment Closed - Closed May 16, 2020

May 13, 2020 10:30am PDT - Metropolis, Illinois

The shelter in Metropolis Illinois will be closing down earlier than anticipated. All animals will be reunited or placed by Sunday. Volunteers will be coming in tomorrow to help with cleanup and teardown. All volunteers are expected to be on their way home on Sunday.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their help and support. Special thanks goes to Project Hope, Nathan Lott, Metropolis Animal Control, Quinton Hillebrand, Massac County Animal Control and all those wonderful Harrah's employees that volunteered their time to help the animals.

New Video from the shelter

May 11, 2020 8:30am PDT - Metropolis, Illinois

Video from the shelter 

May 11, 2020 1:45pm PDT - Conway Arkansas

Submitted by Ann Graf – Noah's Wish Region 5 Volunteer
Bonnie takes "The Last Plane to Clarksville"

On Saturday morning I received a call from my dear friend, Noah's Wish Region 5 Volunteer and Boston terrier owner Betty Donnelson, who deployed from Southern California and is currently in Conway, Arkansas, helping the four-legged victims of the recent tornadoes at the Noah's Wish shelter there. I wanted to deploy on this disaster, but knew in my heart that the emotional roller coaster of dealing with the disaster was more than I could handle, so ANYTHING I could do from my home I welcomed.

When I heard she needed help, I was thrilled that there was a job for me. A Boston terrier needed a home, and could I find a rescue that might take her in or near Conway.

So from California, I got busy online and on the phone and found three “Boston Terrier Rescues” that cover the Arkansas area. Two of the rescues did not have phone numbers, but Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee did, and miraculously when I phoned I got a real live person, Joe, but he was in the Smokey Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Joe said "hang on to her and we will come and get her." Later that day I received a second call from Joe telling me to let Betty know someone named Inge would be contacting her. I e-mailed the photo Betty had sent me and somehow it got to Inge.

Within a day or so Inge Irby from Second Chance Happy Tails Rescue, called Betty, however, flooding between Tennessee and Arkansas made it impossible to drive to Arkansas to pick up Bonnie (the Boston terrier).  But that did not deter Inge, she quickly went to work and the next day Betty got a call that “Pilots and Paws” had volunteered to pick up Bonnie in Conway and bring her back to Clarksville.



This morning Brenda and Betty, both Noah's Wish volunteers, drove Bonnie to Cantrell Field in Conway to meet Jim Carney, Bonnie's ride. Jim is a volunteer with “Pilots and Paws” and flies all over the country helping “rescue dogs” in need.

Bonnie is now Tina-Marie, and en route to Clarksville, co-piloting with Jim. Thank you to everyone who made this happen, it truly does take a village.

May 9, 2020 1:30pm PDT - Metropolis, Illinois

Earlier today Noah's Wish opened a shelter in Metropolis Illinois where we will be caring for animals displaced by flooding along the Illinois – Kentucky border. The shelter is in its initial stages of functionality with a minimal number of animals housed at this moment.


Shelter Location

Getting ready


First Guest

May 9, 2020 1:00pm PDT - Faulkner County, Arkansas

Volunteers are working diligently to reunite animals with their owners, as operations in the shelter in Conway begin to wind down.
Currently there are 84 animals being housed at the shelter – most are dogs picked up in the aftermath of tornadoes that devastated the county last month. For those animals whose owners are yet to be identified, volunteers are making foster care arrangements, and for those that have been surrendered, adoption applications are being processed to assure the animals go to caring permanent homes. We anticipate that the shelter will close late this week and teardown and

cleanup done early next.

May 6, 2020 6:00pm PDT - Southern Illinois

Noah's Wish has been requested to deploy to Southern Illinois in response to flooding there. Volunteers that are available to respond should contact their Volunteer Coordinator for details. Noah's Wish will be onsite to do an initial assessment tomorrow.

May 6, 2020 12:30pm PDT - Faulkner County, Arkansas

Currently there are less than 100 animals in the shelter in Conway. Operations have stabilized and foster and adoptive homes are being sought for animals that remain unclaimed by their owners or that were brought into the shelter as "strays". We anticipate this effort will run through the weekend and into late next week. Additional volunteers from as far away as California and Ohio are in route to help staff the shelter, and keep things running smoothly.

May 6, 2020 7:30am PDT - Faulkner County, Arkansas

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May 6,2020 8:45am PDT - Southern Illinois Floods

Noah's Wish volunteers remain on alert for possible deployment in Southern Illinois

May 5, 2020 2:30pm PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Noah's Wish team of volunteers continues to manage the shelter in Conway, Arkansas, where over 100 animals are currently being housed. While some animals are being reclaimed, others rapidly take their places. Weather conditions continue to improve, and with the drier weather it is hoped river levels will recede allowing residents displaced by flooding to return to their homes soon.

May 4, 2020 2:30pm PDT - Southern Illinois Floods

Volunteers remain on alert for deployment to the southern part of Illinois should they be called upon to establish a shelter at the Union County Fairgrounds in Anna, Illinois. The alert will remain in place until the danger of wide spread flooding passes.

May 3, 2020 11:30am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

The sun has come out in Arkansas – for the first time since we arrived last week it's not raining! According to the weather report, there should be 5-6 days of dry, warm weather. This will give residents of the area a chance to dry out, and get back into their homes.

The temporary shelter now holds 95 animals - everything from a donkey, llama, horses, a few cats and a number of dogs, including some brand new puppies.

May 3, 2020 11:30am PDT - Southern Illinois

Noah's Wish remains on alert for a possible response to flooding in Southern Illinois. Rivers in the area have not crested as yet, and there is still a threat of further evacuations and displacement of people and animals in the area. If you are available to respond in Illinois, please contact your Volunteer Coodinator.

May 2, 2020 12:00pm PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Weather continues to be an issue for those staffing the shelter in Conway Arkansas - the rain has been torrential and never ending. What began as a deployment to care for animals displaced by tornadoes, has become a “flood” response, as rivers are overrunning their banks and floodgates are being opened at nearby dams.

The excessive amount of water is now flooding areas already damaged by last week's tornadoes and more areas are being evacuated due to the possibility of flooding. All of this activity is causing more animals to be brought into the shelter in Conway. Volunteers are busy caring for the almost 100 dogs, and other animals that are residing in the shelter. Additional volunteers are in route to help the weary team that has worked nonstop since last Wednesday.


May 2, 2020 10:00am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas Pictures from the shelter.


May 1, 2020 9:00am PDT - Southern Illinois

Noah's Wish continues to monitor the flooding potential in Southern Illinois, and has been asked by the unified command in the area to standby for deployment. Noah's Wish volunteers in Regions 3 and 7 should contact their Volunteer Coordinator to provide availability to deploy.

April 30, 2020 8:00pm PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas Photos

April 30, 2020 8:00am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Our team of responders finished moving the shelter at midnight last night and are currently getting things in order for today. The number of animals in the shelter is 90 dogs 10 horses, a donkey, and a llama with more expected to come in later today as search and rescue teams scour the area.


April 29, 2020 3:00pma PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Noah's Wish currently has 12 volunteers caring for the animals displaced by recent tornadoes. Today the crew is moving the shelter to a new location in Conway. Additional responders will be arriving on site tomorrow to lend a hand. More information will be available as it is received.

April 28, 2020 1:00pm PDT - Alabama

Noah's Wish has been in contact with emergency personnel in Alabama and is currently monitoring the situation. Once initial assessments have been completed and animal needs are determined, we may be contacted.

April 28, 2020 9:30am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

The first team of volunteers arrived late yesterday and is currently assessing the situation. There are 20 horses, 2 ponies, a foal, llama, donkey and 29 dogs in the shelter, with an additional 30 dogs offsite. Volunteers led by Alex Reynolds, Lead Coordinator are completing paperwork and caring for the animals in the shelter. The second team of volunteers will arrive shortly and will immediately go to work helping the animals.

April 27, 2020 1:30pm PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Two teams of Noah's Wish volunteers are in route to help care for animals displaced by a series of tornadoes that have devastated the area. Both teams should be onsite by tomorrow morning.

April 26, 2020 11:30am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Noah's Wish is sending volunteers to help with the care of animals impacted by the recent tornadoes.Regions 3, 6, & 7 have been asked to provide their availability to respond. If you are in the regions currently on alert, please contact our volunteer coordinator for deployment information.

April 26, 2020 6:45am PDT - Faulkner County Arkansas

Tornados ravaged Faulkner County Arkansas overnight, destroying stables and displacing a large number of the areas animals. The county SPCA has asked Noah's Wish to respond with volunteers. Regions 3, 6 and 7 have been asked to report their availability to respond.

April 26, 2020 - 11:30am PDT - Massac County Illinois - Evacuations have started in this small community. Over 100 people are currently in the shelter there and more are expected. Noah's Wish is looking for volunteers in this area to help set up and staff and emergency pet shelter for those that have had to leave their homes.

April 25, 2020 - 3:30pm PDT - Massac County Illinois - Bridgeport, a community of 450 households on the Illinois-Kentucky border is being closely monitored for potential flooding of the Ohio River. Region 3 and 7 volunteers are being contacted for their availability to respond should it become necessary.


April 22, 2020 - 11:30amPDT - Youngs County, Texas

Noah's Wish is conducting an availability check with Region 6 volunteers for possible deployment to assist the county Humane Society staff their shelter. There are approximately 300 animals (livestock and companion) animals being sheltered at this time. More information as it becomes available.

April 17,2020 8:00am PDT - Ellijay, Georgia Closed

April 13, 2020 8:00am PDT - Ellijay, Georgia Tornado Response

The Noah's Wish team of volunteers continues to help with clean up efforts at the sanctuary and will remain onsite helping to feed and care for the animals until Sunday April 17, 2020.



Massive fence structure was built to contain stock animals, separating the different groups according to their needs, including a separate pen for an expecting ewe. An electric fence was constructed from scratch so that horses and donkeys could graze in a green pasture without running away. All animals were inspected and treated for any injuries they might have sustained. A new feeding procedure was established, once fencing was adequate, to reduce time spent on this task.


I am so proud to have worked with the Noah's Wish volunteers that came out. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the giant fenced- in ring the crew had constructed. We had enough Noah's Wish volunteers to keep the field mucked and clean every day.  Everybody worked so hard with such enthusiasm and zeal with the well-being of the animals the top priority. Jo Ellen's ability to see what was needed, make a plan, coordinate activities, encourage volunteers, and work hard and long hours resulted in long ranging improvements for the shelter.


I would like to thank the trainers from the Dallas GA training held only a few weeks ago.  None of us thought there would be a deployment this quickly, but it was an excellent opportunity to put into practice the ideas and skills learned at the training. Submitted by Mary Newberg, Region 8


 April 7, 2020 9:30am PDT - Ellijay, Georgia Tornado Response

Noah's Wish is responding volunteers to the animal sanctuary in Ellijay, Georgia that was destroyed in a tornado yesterday. Volunteers are needed to help with clean up and preparation of temporary shelters for the 64 animals at the location. If you are interested in helping, please let us know.


Storm Obliterates Animal Shelter

Story posted 2020.04.05 at 04:27 PM EDT

Courtesy of Channel 2
A powerful storm ravaged an animal shelter in Elijay on Monday. Strong winds and lightning knocked down trees and scattered debris across the area. The storm left the Build an Arc Animal Rescue uninhabitable. Workers said it was a close call."I was like, flying in the air. I was that far off the ground," Susan Littlejohn told Channel 2's Linda Stouffer.

Littlejohn, two other workers and 64 animals were in the animal barn when the winds came flying through. She said she was shocked that any of them survived. "Amazing. You look at that. Tell me anything came out alive," Littlejohn said in reference to the wreckage.The last creature rescued at Build an Arc was Mrs. Noah, the dove."She was under all the rubble. I just happened to see feathers ruffle," Littlejohn said.

April 6, 2020 11:00 am PDT - Ellijay, Georgia Tornado Damage

Noah's Wish is requesting a show of availability for volunteers in the southern Georgia area. A rescue group lost their barns and fencing earlier today when a tornado touched down on their property. The currently have a mixture of farm animals including sheep, goats, horses and poultry that need shelter. Primarily we are looking for volunteers that would be available to help with clean up and repairs.


March 11, 2020 12:00 PST - California Tsunami Warning - Closed March 14, 2020

Noah's Wish continues to monitor the unfolding events on the West Coast in the aftermath of the 8.9 earthquake that rocked Japan. At this time we are not alerting either Region 1 or Region 5 for possible mobilization. It appears that most of the damage is contained to the harbor areas. If the situation changes, this webpage will be updated.


March 11, 2020 12:00 PST - Flooding in Connecticut and New Jersey - Closed March 14, 2020

We continue to monitor the flooding situation in the East and at this time will not be alerting volunteers in Region 4. Local agencies have not requested assistance, if this should change, this webpage will be updated.

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