The Darbster Foundation is a 501(c) 3 that concentrates its resources on animal welfare, on a community level. Our primary goal is to reduce the number of animals euthanized in South Florida. When the restaurant, “Darbster”, opened in 2009, the Foundation was formed. 100% of all profits from Darbster Food go toward The Darbster Foundation. The Foundation now has two adoption facilities in New Hampshire. Darbster Kitty which opened in Manchester, New Hampshire in 2015, facilitates the rescue, transport and adoption of kitties. Darbster Doggy, which is located in Chichester, New Hampshire, opened in late 2018. Both these facilities offer boarding services with a portion of the fees going to help support further rescue efforts. Our goal is to make Darbster Foundation a self-supporting entity by operating profitable entities, funding 100% of the operating expenses. We are not there yet but getting closer each year.
Our efforts have been concentrated on the rescue and transport of highly adoptable kitties and dogs out of overcrowded conditions in South Florida to areas in New England where demand is significantly stronger. A tremendous help to this effort has been our partnerships with other rescue organizations in the New England area: Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL), Humane Society & Shelter South Coast, Standish Humane Society, the Ellen M. Gifford Cat Shelter, SPCA of New Hampshire and Cocheco Valley Humane Society to name a few.
Utilizing both our own adoption facility in Manchester and the facilities of our partner rescue organizations, kitty transport is proceeding at a record pace. In 2017, Darbster Kitty transported and found homes for over 1100 kitties. In 2018, we transported nearly 1700 kitties to forever homes. And in 2019, we are on pace to save over 2000 lives.
Our dog rescue efforts are expanding each year as well. In 2018, we pulled over 90 dogs from overcrowded shelters in South Florida and transported north, primarily to SARL. With the opening of our own shelter, Darbster Doggy, we have been transporting 12-14 dogs each month.
The Foundation also sponsors spay/neuter surgeries and medical care of community animals. We have sponsored the spay/neuter surgeries of over 3,000 community animals and assisted with the medical care of numerous community animals.