Saturday, July 12, 2008

Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary

Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS). The first thing you will notice is the smell of dogs, not surprising when they have over 700 free-roaming dogs there, many of them rescued from industrial areas. You will first have to pass through the main gate. After it's closed. The helper will open the second gate which blocks you from the dogs. The dogs know you are there and they gather at the behind the gate... this is the point where you really feel like you are mince meat :D.
Once you stepped past the gate, you get a few excited dogs standing on their hind legs and vying to place their front paws on your legs, some of the other dogs will start sniffing you all over or licking your toes, while others will wait for their turn. As you walk through the enclosure, you will meet with more of them who will try that. The larger dogs won't place their paws on you, thankfully. There are so many dogs that I got my feet stepped on twice by them. Don't worry though, once they got use to you they will leave you more or less alone.

Best to visit in a large group and don't bring young children unless you can carry them in your arms all the time or let them sit on your shoulders. When they try to put their paws on you lift your knee up to block. When a lot of dogs crowd around you try not to show favour to any one and remain stern, they will eventually go back to minding their own business. Wear tough bottoms, and good walking shoes, don't wear your precious $100 top.

Somehow the pictures I took don't show enough dogs, so I took the one taken by Pauline instead :) If you allow them to sniff and lick your hands bear in mind they may have go sniff and lick another dog's ass a few moments ago :D

The place also houses some cats, horses, a monkey and a few snakes.


alba said...

Hi there, we would like to clarify some misconception. Contrary to your comment, we do have kids who move around Noah's Ark confidently and safely to mingle with the animals alone. These kids are supervised and educated on the dos and don'ts in handling animals.

Noah's Ark has hosted many families with kids from as young as 4 years old and we would like to emphasize that after over coming their initial fear, kids do not need to be piggyback when they are in the presence of our large dogs.

We will be blogging about this topic with pics soon. Do check out our blog again :D

We welcome families with young kids to visit us to experience first hand, the love our dogs have for kids.

Sandy said...

I've heard of this sanctuary. Some of my friends from university have also visited this sanctuary, but unfortunately, I couldn't make it. It appears to me that they are doing a pretty good job.

However, there is one thing I do not like. I visited their website and they recommend a seafood eatery somewhere near their sanctuary for visitors to have meals at!!! Now, this is something I cannot comprehend. Aren't fishes sentient and alive just like their dogs and horses?

On another note, I think places like these sanctuaries are excellent locations for Vegan introduction to visitors. Vegan food, some pamphlets and a nice talk will be great. I hope something can be done about it.

dreamy said...

Hi Alba, thanks for clarifying my misconception :) will check the blog soon.

Yea Sandy, I didn't like it either :) and I feel that the connection of humans and animals can be made/further enhanced from such trips, eating seafood later may diminish this, hopefully if NANAS can take in farm animals it can help a lot more in creating this connection.

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