Located in Locust Grove, Georgia and spanning 250 acres, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization “dedicated to bringing children and animals together with the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service and a future full of hope.”
With more than 100 different species Noah’s Ark cares for creatures big and small. The sanctuary is home to exotic cats, bears, foxes, wolves, primates, small mammals, farm animals, and birds.
To help feed the 1,500 animals in its care, Noah’s Ark participates in a food recycling program managed by Quest Resource Management Group (Quest) — a subsidiary of Quest Resource Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: QRHC). As part of Quest’s direct-feed recycling program, the shelter receives fresh meat and seafood from a local grocer.
Noah’s Ark estimates that donations from their grocer partner save them approximately $8,000 each month – $96,000 annually.
By not having to purchase that same amount in food each year, the sanctuary is able to direct those savings towards other important initiatives.
“The program has been such a success that we’ve signed up for another year,” said Noah’s Ark Assistant Director and Founder Charlie Hedgecoth. “Absolutely, the recycling program has been a huge success for us,” he said.
Through its sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation program, Noah’s Ark has saved countless animals since its inception in 1978 – most notably an unlikely animal trio referred to as “BLT.” Baloo the brown bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger were brought to Noah’s Ark as malnourished, diseased and abused cubs rescued from the basement of an Atlanta drug dealer’s home during a police raid in 2001. While receiving expert care and nutrient-rich meals at the sanctuary, the animals developed a life-long bond. Featured on The Today Show in 2014, the unique animal trio draws hundreds of visitors each month.
The 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Noah’s Ark does not charge admission and relies on donations to help feed and care for animals like Baloo, Leo, and Shere Kahn.
“Quest and our clients that participate in the food recycling program are excited to see the impact this can have on non-profit organizations throughout the country,” said Quest President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Hatch. “There are so many great individuals who run these organizations who donate time, resources, and their passion for animals. We are honored to play a small role in this mission,” he added.
Jeanne Evans, Quest’s Animal Park Coordinator, said the cost savings associated with participation in food recycling programs enable many of these rescue operations to remain open.
Quest’s food recycling program offers leveraged local market relationships as well as dedicated customer support, account management, and program reporting. To learn how a direct-feed meat and seafood recycling program could benefit your organization, contact us today.
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