Darbster Foundation Projects
Transporting Kitties to New England – In 2016 and 2017, Darbster Foundation partnered with local animal rescue groups and shelters in South Florida to save the lives of more than 1900 cats and kittens. Our ReloKitty Program sends these rescued animals up to New England where some are adopted out by our rescue partners and others are adopted out in our own facility, Darbster Kitty. Our mission is to place kittens and cats in great, forever homes in New England where the pet population is managed effectively. The kittens and cats that are rescued and transported primarily come from South Florida where homelessness and euthanasia rates are very high. Darbster Foundation is now sending between 15-25 cats and kittens weekly to Darbster Kitty in Manchester, New Hampshire, and to our valued rescue partners in New England.
Transporting Doggies to New England – In 2017, Darbster Foundation partnered with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control and our valued rescue partners up north to save and transport 70 dogs. “Square Heads” (Bully Breeds) made up more than half of the dogs that have been transported year-to-date. 96 percent of the dogs transported up north have already been adopted. With the help of key volunteers and using the Dogs Playing for Life enrichment program to learn about the dogs, profiles that include photos, videos, and descriptions individual dogs are created and shared with our northern rescue partners. With this valuable information in-hand, our rescue partners are able to confidently choose dogs for their adopters. We hope to double the number of dogs saved and transported in 2018.
Healing Hearts Program – Another major gain for the dogs and puppies in Palm Beach County was the implementation of our Healing Hearts Program. Instead of heart worm positive dogs being euthanized due to a treatable condition, they are now adopted out and their heartworm treatment is subsidized with funds raised by the Darbster Foundation. 59 dogs lives were saved through this program.
Cats-Kittens Spays and Neuters – Did you know that a single pair of cats and their kittens can produce thousands and thousands of offspring in just seven years? It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 free roaming cats in Palm Beach County alone. To help control the cat and kitten population in our Florida location, Darbster Foundation has funded more than 3,000 spay and neuter surgeries since 2009.
Adopt: Looking to adopt? Take a peak at www.darbsterkitty.com for our adoptable animals!