The Pension Studio at times fosters cats or dogs from the local humane society- Palm Beach Animal Care and Control (http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/animalcare/). As a foster we provide a temporary home for a dog or cat with special needs, such as a quiet place for newborns, animals receiving medical treatment, or recovering from injuries or abuse. Everyone that works at The Pension Studio has pets at home, or are animal lovers, so it is easy and enjoyable for us to have an animal at the office. By fostering we are able to help out an animal in need thus providing more space at the shelter for adoptable animals.
Pet overpopulation has become a serious problem across the United States, costing communities millions of dollars a year and resulting in the loss of life for millions of animals. In 2006, an estimated 6 – 8 million animals entered animal shelters across the country. Only 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats were returned to their original owners. About half of those animals left were adopted into new homes. The remaining 3 -4 millions pets were euthanized. We typically try to assist in the placement of the pet so that they do not have to return to the shelter for any long period of time. All of the pets are fully up to date on shots and are fixed.
The Pension Studio’s philosophy toward corporate giving is that there are many worthy causes, and like TPA services where we specialize in one small area of retirement planning, it is also best to concentrate our donations on one specific mission. In addition to being a foster, a portion of each retirement plan setup fee is given to The Darbster foundation.
The Darbster Foundation is a 501(c) 3 that concentrates it’s resources on animal welfare, on a community level. We set this Foundation up to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Palm Beach County. When the restaurant, “Darbster”, opened in 2009, the Foundation was formed. 100% of all profits from Darbster Food go toward The Darbster Foundation, which has no paid employees, and operates solely of volunteers. Subsequently, Darbster Dog Daycare, which is located in Boca Raton, Florida, was then founded. In 2016, “Velocity”, a cycling studio, was then purchased. Our goal is to make Darbster Foundation a self-supporting entity by having a couple profitable entities, funding 100% of the operating expenses. We are not there yet, but getting closer each year.
2017 has been a tremendous year so far with our new relationship with the Salem, NH Animal Rescue League allowing us to transfer highly adoptable dogs from South Florida to their facility. In addition, we continue to transport kittens at the rate of 12-20 per week, we are on track to beat our 750 adoptions in 2016. Another major gain for the dogs was the implementation of our Healing Hearts Program at the Animal Care and Control facility in Palm Beach. Instead of heart worm positive dogs being euthanized they are now adopted out and treated with funds raised by the Darbster foundation.
This past year’s efforts (2016) have been put toward Darbster Kitty (www.darbsterkitty.com), which facilitates the transfer of adoptable kittens from South Florida to New Hampshire. In 2016 Darbster Foundation rescued and adopted out over 750 kittens from local shelters, as well as a good amount of dogs. To help coordinate the adoptions and Foundation activities, Darbster Foundation purchased a facility in Manchester, New Hampshire.
In 2015 and 2014, the Foundation sponsored the spay/neuter surgeries of 2,000 community animals, and assisted with the medical care of an additional 50+ community animals.
Also in 2015, Darbster Foundation became a member of the Amazon Smile Foundation. Already shop through Amazon? Use Amazon Smile (www.smile.amazon.com), and choose Darbster Foundation at checkout, and you will be donating 0.5% to help save a community animal. You enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. Prime is also offered through Amazon Smile.
Interested in Fostering, Adopting or Educating? Call us at 561-459-4871 to find out more information.