More than 17 million animals were euthanized in this country
in one year. After instituting active TNR (trap, neuter,
return) programs, that number was decreased to 5 million!
About Noah's Ark
In 1996 Barbara
Beeson moved to Pompano Beach, Florida from Memphis,
Tennessee with her husband, Jim. As new residents,
one of their favorite pastimes was to walk down the
beach to the fishing pier. Immediately they spotted
cats and kittens. They spoke to the management at
the restaurant, Fisherman's Wharf, and were informed
that the cats were fed daily by local, caring people
and if the cats were sick or injured, they were
taken by these caring individuals to vets when possible.
However, the cats were
not being spayed or neutered and few kittens were
being adopted out. Having rescued animals most of
their lives and being strong proponents for sterilization,
Barbara and Jim saw a disaster in progress. The
Beesons and Barbara's mother, Bette Walston, began
a trap, neuter, release program (TNR) out of their
own limited funds. After neutering/spaying about
twenty cats and adopting out several kittens, their
networking began to pay off.
They were educated on the realities
of TNR in South Florida when they were introduced
to Discount Spay and Neuter Clinic and learned the importance of becoming a non-profit
Today, Fisherman's Wharf
has closed and the colony was humanely relocated
to safety by Noah's Ark.People continue
to move and abandon their pets and the ferals continue
to wander in. But vigilance pays off and the TNR
continues. We are committed to discouraging people
from abandoning their pets through continued education
and by offering alternative positive solutions.
This was the beginning
of the dream.
As all animal lovers
know, once the heart begins to recognize the ferals
and strays. they appear everywhere -- behind every
restaurant, apartment building and business.
Ultimately, with the
help of the great law firm McLean and Ema (specifically
Mr. Thornton Scott), Noah's Ark Sanctuary for Abused
and Abandoned Animals was founded by a handful of
In 2003, Noah's Ark
opened a small adoption center in Pompano Beach at
2217 E. Atlantic Blvd. We are adopting beautiful,
healthy, rescued cats to loving, indoor homes.
We use the word sanctuary
because that is our dream. Noah's Ark is a 501(c)3,
non-profit corporation, completely staffed by volunteers
who are dedicated to reducing the cat and dog overpopulation
by spaying and neutering as many as possible.
The cats are humanely
trapped, tested for disease, spayed and/or neutered,
and vaccinated. An ear is notched for identification.
Even though we do not have a physical shelter for
do not hesitate to also rescue stray, wounded or
lost dogs. Our volunteers use any available space
to care for these animals.
Our goal is to create
a no-cage, no-kill, shelter with enough fenced area
for healthy feral cats to roam freely and safely
and to house stray and abandoned dogs in a home-like
setting with room to run. We hope to provide lifetime
sanctuary for the unadoptables.
Picture a small Lion
Country Safari, if you will. We plan to host free
spay/neuter days and provide low cost veterinary