ARK's Founder & Friends
Nina Beal, Founder-Director of the ARK, Inc., and the ARK Therapy-Education
"Saving the life of one
animal may not change the world,
but it surely changes the world for that one animal."
-- Nina Beal, founder and director of
||We'd like to introduce you to two dedicated
volunteers, Callie and Jemima. Aren't they beautiful? These girls are full-time
volunteers, greeting visitors to the ARK and giving cheer and comic relief
to our human volunteers.
More about Nina...
has served Madison County, Alabama in the field of animal welfare, care
and control for more than 20 years. She was one of the early organizers
of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. She served as the organizations
President and as a Cruelty Investigator for 7 years. Nina was one
of the individuals that worked hard to persuade the City of Huntsville
to build their new state of the art animal control facility that is located
on Triana Boulevard.
Nina started the first humane
education program at Animal Control and from 1985 to 1998 would serve
in the position of the departments Humane Educator. Over a period
of 13 years she would teach over 25,000 school children responsible pet
ownership. She has worked with Senator’s, Representative’s and other members
of the Alabama Legislative body to improve and develop new laws to protect
In 1990, with the help
of Huntsville Attorney Herman “Buck” Watson, Nina incorporated the Ark
for the purpose of shelter rescue. However, because of other animal-human
related needs in the community, through the Ark, she has an Agreement of
Understanding with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to put in
place a DART (Disaster Animal Relief Team) to rescue animals that are victims
of natural disaster.
The Ark also has an agreement
with Hope Place to (a refuge for victims of domestic violence) to care
for and protect the pets of women seeking refuge at Hope Place. The Ark
has a wonderful staff of volunteers that are dedicated and dependable.
The dedication of Nina and the Ark volunteers has developed an excellent
rapport between the Ark and the media, veterinarians and other professionals
in the community.
Through dedication, hard
work, integrity and honesty, the Ark has programs of assistance that
were never available before its incorporation. Presently, Nina Beal
serves as the organizations Director and manages the daily operations of
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