Noah's Lost Ark Animal Sanctuary asks for help cleaning up after storm
After a bout of severe storms rolled through the valley Thursday night, one valley business is still working to clear the damage before they can reopen their gates to visitors.
The Noah's Lost Ark Exotic Animal Rescue Center closed Friday after assessing the damage, and still has yet to reopen as they clear the trees, branches, and damaged facilities.
In a Facebook post from Friday morning, the rescue said they "will be closed to visitors until further notice" because of "terrible storm damage," but also noted that their safety protocols were able to ensure that all animals were stowed away safely for the storm.
Photos posted to their page in the days since show a wide variety of storm damage from fallen trees to damaged sheds, the sanctuary's gazebo, the perimeter fence, and several enclosures.
Sanctuary Director Ellen Karnofel tells 21 News that damages to the park exceed $50,000 before an estimate to fix the fencing.
The sanctuary is currently asking for any volunteers and donations that the community can provide, as repairs will be costly in terms of both time and money.
Karnofel says that the sanctuary is most in need of anyone who can help provide perimeter fencing, as well as tree cutting and grinding services. Currently, the lack of perimeter fencing means the sanctuary does not meet federal inspection requirements and therefore cannot open to visitors.
Otherwise, all volunteers are welcome to help cleanup efforts. Anyone willing to volunteer with the Sanctuary can call (330) 584-7835 or message them on their Facebook page, and a staff member will get back as soon as possible.
There is a donate link available on their website. Karnofel says the sanctuary is a registered nonprofit, and any donations to the park will generate a tax-deductible receipt.