Questions and Answers

Noah's Ark is a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment for more than 1,500 animals, including exotic, wildlife, and domestic animals. Noah's Ark provides habitats that have the animals' best interests in mind and that mimic their natural environments. Noah's Ark promotes humane, responsible, and informed animal treatment and ownership.
Nestled on 250 beautiful scenic acres, Noah's Ark is approximately 30 minutes from the Atlanta Airport and 30 minutes south of Downtown Atlanta, located at 712 L G Griffin Road, Locust Grove, Georgia.
Every year, 250 or more volunteers come for group work projects and to help with events. We also have many who volunteer weekly. To learn more about volunteering at Noah's Ark, click on "Ways to Help".
Jama Hedgecoth, Noah's Ark's founder, has taken in abused and orphaned animals and children her entire life. In 1978, she and her family moved to a farm in North Henry County, Georgia, and started Noah's Ark. When the animal population grew too large for their home and land, the family and all the resident animals moved to our current location in Locust Grove, Georgia.
Noah's Ark is one of the preferred destinations for confiscated and rescued animals through our partnerships with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of the Interior (USDI), Georgia Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The animals come from the Department of Natural Resources, zoos, educational institutions, and from the general public. What different species are represented in the Noah's Ark animal population? Check it out by clicking on "Animals of the Ark".
We have more than 1,500 exotic, wildlife, and domestic animals who have found their forever home at Noah's Ark. Among them, we have more than 100 different species of animals!
Noah's Ark is a non-profit organization that relies solely on the generous financial and volunteer support of the community through donations.
It costs $33,000 per month to feed, treat, and care for the animals, which is funded entirely by donations. Supporters are asked to donate through annual, major, or planned gifts.
Noah's Ark is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization with separate tax ID numbers for the children's sanctuary and the animal sanctuary. We never co-mingle our funds. Yes, donations are tax deductible.
Currently, Noah's Ark does not actively take cats or dogs for placement due to lack of space and funding. However, Noah's Ark currently has a Pet Adoption Program that provides a wide network for the placement of animals (look for more information under "Ways to Help". The Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation and Education Center has designated a "No Kill" Center. Funding in the amount of $250,000 annually would be required to operate a full-service program.
A "No Kill" center saves both healthy and treatable pets. Euthanasia is used only for untreatable animals.
Yes, but only due to the lack of funding for habitats and care. When we cannot accept an animal, Noah's Ark works with a network placement system. We've placed hundreds of animals through referrals.
More than 100,000 people visit Noah's Ark and participate in educational programs each year.
There are portable restroom facilities available in numerous locations on site including the playground area, parking lot, picnic table area, Welcome Center Building (handicap accessible) and Animal Habitat Area (handicap accessible). We have a concessions trailer (open weather permitting) that offers both vegan and non-vegan food items, as well as vending machines located inside our Welcome Center building with bottled water, sodas and juice for sale.
Noah's Ark offers four different tour options. Please click "Visit the Ark" for more detailed information.
Noah's Ark is open from Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. The habitats are open for visitors from 12 pm to 3 pm only. The picnic area, playground, and welcome center are open from 9 am until 4 pm.