February 2012

One by One, Noah's Arks Rescue Saves Lives

Author: David Gignilliat

“Here is our sweet boy, Sukie, with his wonderful new family. We are so happy for him and for them. He has had such a hard life and can now relax in the arms of people who love him.”

“Our sweet Sophia is fighting an upper respiratory infection on top of everything else. She has lost her appetite because she is so sick, but that should change in the next couple of days.”

“Our incredible Sassy has finally gotten all of her bandages off. She is doing wonderful and walks around all the time. She still has to gain more strength in her neck as it is healing, but that will take time. She is one of the sweetest dogs and loves everyone.”

“Adorable Dally is finally on the upswing. We believe the worst is over for her.”

Even a casual read through some of the backstories of the animals featured on the Noah’s Arks Rescue website and Facebook page inspires the good in humanity, and especially the Lowcountry’s pet-friendly residents. For even the most jaded and cynical, the discarded, downtrodden and desperate animals rescued by Noah’s Arks are uplifting examples of rebirth and redemption.

Noah’s Arks Rescue is a group that provides emergency medical and surgical care to injured and abused animals. “We are all volunteers and we have no shelter,” said Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks Rescue, a non-profit in nearby Okatie. “We rely on the generosity of others to help us help those that cannot help themselves.”

A Lowcountry area resident for 14 years, Smith had always advocated and donated to animal abuse cases, but she felt like something was missing from the process. “I would get information from people when checking up on the animals, and they would say, ‘Oh, we ended up euthanizing the animals. We decided to use your funds toward spay and neuter or to help the healthy animals,’” Smith said. “Well, that’s not what I had donated for. I expected the funds to reach the specific animal I wanted to help.”

“No one was stepping up for these abused animals, and that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to help the animals that society had abandoned,” Smith said. So, in 2007, she created her own rescue, Noah’s Arks Rescue, dedicated to supplying emergency medical/surgical care to abused animals as a last resort to avoid animals being euthanized.

“It reached a point where I caused enough of a commotion with everyone involved that they just said, ‘Fine. Take the animals.’”

She did. And ever since, she’s become a leader in the local animal advocacy community.

“People look at all the problems out there, and they think it’s so big that they could do nothing. So therefore, they do nothing and they turn their back on it,” Smith said. “But every good deed starts with one small step, and that’s the way I look at it. If everyone did that one thing, the accumulation of those [acts] could make a huge difference.”

Noah’s Arks Rescue is actively looking for local volunteers to help with adoption events and emergency care missions. For more information please visit noahs-arks.net or e-mail noahsarksrescues@gmail.com.


Is a three- to four-year-old American bulldog/pit bull mix. The police conducted a dog fighting raid and found him emaciated and in terrible condition. We took him into our care to save his life. He is now a healthy, beautiful dog. He is a little shy but loves people and is as happy as a dog can be. He loves other balanced dogs. He will be tested with our adopters and their family and family pets to make sure everybody gets along well. He is looking for the family who loves him and makes him feel safe and protected.

Is a nine-month-old lab/pit bull mix that was picked up as a stray with terrible burns across the top of his back. This is one sweet dog. He is a wiggly little one who wants to play now that he is out of pain. He will make a wonderful member of the family for anyone with other dogs and kids. He is young and loves to run and play.

Is a two-year-old lab. He was rescued after being attacked by a much larger dog. Poor Sam was almost starved to death. He either has been used as bait prior to this fight or has been attacked before, because he has lots of old bite marks around his neck. Sam is incredibly sweet and loving and just wants someone to protect and love him. He would make a wonderful therapy dog. He is gentle, kind, compassionate to everyone…old…young…dogs…cats—it doesn’t matter.

Is a seven-year-old beautiful pit bull/Staffordshire terrier who was hit by a car. Now, she is a pain-free, happy, small girl who gives smiles and kisses all day long. She is able to use all her legs but has a weak back, so she should be the only animal in the household.

Is a 10-plus-year-old, blind cocker spaniel that was abandoned behind a shopping center, confined to an old wire kennel along with the remains of another cocker. The other cocker had been dead for some time and had begun to decompose. This sweet dog deserves a life without suffering and a place where someone is looking after him. He doesn’t even know what it feels like to be free and loved. Ozzie is a healthy senior looking for the perfect couch to rest his head. He gets along with other dogs and loves people. He doesn’t like cats.

Is a four-year-old boxer mix, rescued from a hoarding situation. He was chained in a filthy backyard with dirty water and hardly any food. In spite of showing all signs of neglect, he was the friendliest dog ever. He is a little shy at first but loves people and other balanced dogs. He will be tested with our adopters and their family and family pets to make sure everybody gets along well. He needs lots of TLC so he learns that he safe.

Is a six- to eight-year old pit bull senior who spent her whole life in a basement being used for breeding and as a bait dog. Only the most submissive dogs are used as bait dogs. Now she is playful and as sweet and loving as a dog can be. She gets along with other male, medium-sized dogs but needs to be individually tested with other animals. She loves people and children.

Is a two-year-old pit bull who was picked up as a stray. He was kept in an emaciated state for a very long time. He is a beautiful, loving dog and is looking for a family where he will be cherished and loved for the rest of his life. Java gets along well with other dogs and loves children and people. He is very energetic and needs lots of exercise. He would fit perfectly in an active household.

*All adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and house- and crate-trained.

We are at Petco in Bluffton Fridays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays alternately from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or noon-4 p.m. If you plan to visit us on Sunday, please call to verify which hours apply for that week. For more information, call Noah’s Arks Rescue at (843) 540-6755, visit noah’s-arks.net or find us on Facebook at Noah’s Arks Rescue, Okatie.

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