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Operation Noah's Ark Still Needs Help ~ Denver, NC

Update: I made a visit to the shelter today and I have some GOOD news! The good news is that all the cats will be placed in foster care homes by tomorrow. All Huskys' have been placed in approved foster care homes today. The shelter has more than enough food, litter, and bedding. They are hoping that the rest of the dogs will be placed in approved foster care homes by next week, if possible. They are still in need for volunteers to help out.

If you have an hour or two to spare please call Sharon at 703-851-3520.
Or you can always call me and I will relay the message.
Even after the animals are placed in foster care volunteers will be needed
to clean the facility.

The following is their current wish list:

Large Dog Crates
Medium Dog Crates
55 Gallon Trash Bags
33 Gallon Trash Bags
Kongs Various Sizes
Dog Toys - All Sizes
Laundry Detergent
Name Tags
Ear Cleaner    


Operation ‘Noah’s Ark’ Still Needs Help


On August 26th, 393 animals ~ making up 17 different species, were rescued from a house here in Denver. This rescue took over ten hours, during which we were getting heavy bands of rain from the former hurricane Faye. I passed this place twice that day, while this rescue was taking place... what a bitter sweet sight. Just how does someone collect that many animals? How can anyone afford to feed that many?  

You can only image the HUGE task of caring for all these animals; bathing, assessing, medicating, cleaning, walking, and feeding it all takes time, volunteers, and donations.  

Our local Denver Baptist Church has recently purchased a 6 +/- acre track of land that included various buildings (the former R-Anell Company’s general office and manufacturing plant, which has moved to another part of the county) and it is here where the animals are being sheltered. As of last Tuesday it was reported that only a few have passed away, a few had to be taken to a vet hospital, and none have had to be “put to sleep” but this would be an option if it was deemed they were suffering.

Compact Animal Mobile Equipment Trailers (CAMETs) are being used at the Church shelter. CAMETs are stocked with all the necessities to set up an animal shelter; this is the first time for these to be used in North Carolina. All animals have been checked out by Dr. Kelly Farris, of the North Carolina State School of Veterinary School. Area vets are on the scene and are following the directions of Dr. Farris. Also, help teams have flown in from as far away as Colorado and Washington State to help in the efforts.  

Since this is an ongoing criminal investigation it was first thought that authorities could not offer adoptions of these animals, due to legal issues. Now it sounds like they may have found a loop hole and will be able to start finding new homes for them soon.   

Want to Help?

Volunteers are needed who have training in animal care. But walk-ins are accepted too. Morning and evening shirts are available. Sign up is at the temporary shelter which is the former R-Anell location at 3549 North Highway 16, Denver, NC; which is across the street from Denver Baptist Church and next to Rock Springs Elementary School (almost in downtown Denver). They have a working calendar to schedule volunteers for feeding, cleaning cages, and washing animals. They will also introduce the animals to leads so that they will be able to be taken out to exercise.

Clean towels and newspapers are needed. These can be dropped off at Denver Fire Department at 3956 North Highway 16, Denver, North Carolina. So far food has been donated by several PetSmart stores in our area. Due to the humid weather, with volunteers in and out of heat, they are asking for Gatorade and water as well.  

Monetary donations are desperately needed. Anyone can make a donation at any First Federal Savings Bank in Lincoln County; North Carolina. 

My hat goes off to all the volunteers and contributors.

Please join me as I plan to go by this week and see what I can do to help and you can help too!

About the author:

Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit for your relocation and/or your local needs.

Teresa Harris - Holbrooks Real Estate, Inc. - 704-458-1807 -

Copyright © 2008 By Teresa Harris, All Rights Reserved...*Operation Noah's Ark Still Needs Help ~ Denver, NC*

Comment balloon 3 commentsTeresa Harris • September 08 2008 11:33PM


Oh My Teresa, I saw this on the news and of course, it tears my heart out to see animals hurting.. I SURE wish that I could come down and help.. Maybe - I will see if I can - do you know when you are going??  God bless you for posting this !! Maybe - I will reblog to get the word out...

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging about 11 years ago

Cheryl: I am going to go by there either today or tomorrow just to see what they need. I was at Wal-Mart today and was thinking of picking up some drinks for the volunteers but decided that I really need to find out, for myself, what they really need now. 

I just had my westie neutered and dewclaws removed yesterday (Tues) and I had no idea that he was going to have to wear that "Lampshade" for 2 weeks! As of now I don't feel comfortable leaving him any length of time. I had to hand feed him tonight and I guess I will have to do that for the next 2 weeks too (or that collar will get dirty).

As soon as I find out anything I will let you know.

Oh, and THANK YOU so MUCH for re-blogging this post. You never know what good things this could bring ~ we are defiantly in for the long haul.

Take care!! 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago

Thanks Whitney for the phone call. I appreciate your willingness to help out. I truly hope that you are able to adopt the little one that melted your heart. Driving an hour and fifteen minutes one way just to volunteer is amazing, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 11 years ago