Darbster Foundation And Tri-County Animal Rescue (TCAR) Team Up For Rescue “MISSION OF MERCY” Rescue From Labrador Retriever Puppy Mill/Backyard Breeder in Palm Beach County: Saving 19 Neglected, Malnourished Pure Bred Adult Dogs (Three of Whom are Pregnant) And Young Puppies
The 100% No Kill Nonprofit TCAR Seeks Donations To Underwrite $25,000 in
Veterinarian ER, Medications and Spaying and Neutering Services
Responding to an emergency call to rescue 19 purebred Labrador Retriever dogs and eight puppies from abuse, malnourishment, and deplorable conditions at a financially strapped puppy mill/backyard breeder in Lake Worth, Darbster Foundation and Tri-County Animal Rescue (TCAR) teamed up on a lifesaving ‘mission of mercy’ to give these animals in distress a ‘new leash on life’. The number of lives saved will increase by and additional 15 when three who are pregnant give birth to litters in the safe haven of the TCAR, the region’s largest 501c (3) nonprofit100% No Kill rescue and adoption center.
When Ellen Quinlan and Alan Gould, founders of the Darbster Foundation, learned of the inhumane plight of the Labrador Retriever puppy mill residents, they initiated calls to area rescue shelters to assist and was pleased that TCAR not only responded within minutes of their outreach, but could take in all 19 dogs and puppies. To help with initial medical evaluation and care, the Darbster Foundation made a donation, however due to the neglect and abuse of the dogs, nonprofit TCAR is now seeking additional donations to underwrite and additional $20,000-$25,000 in veterinarian ER, medications, vitamins, birthing needs, and spaying and neutering services. TCAR operates solely on donations, grants, sponsorships and event and thrift shop proceeds; it receives does not City, State or federal funding for rescue, staffing, medical treatment, food and medicines, or adoption services.
According to dosomething.org (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-puppy-mills), puppy mills are commercial dog-breeding facilities that focus on increasing profit with little overhead cost, and thus the health and welfare of the animals is often not a priority. To maximize profits, they breed a female dog every time she is in heat which means a five-year-old dog could have given birth to 10 litters of puppies.
“Whenever we learn of animals in distress, especially due large-scale crises such as natural disasters or puppy mill abuse, our team at Tri-County rescues in Palm Beach County and beyond…this year as far as Istanbul, Turkey and the Bahamas,” noted Suzi Goldsmith, TCAR co-founder and executive director. “This puppy mill rescue was particularly challenging as so many were dehydrated, needed vitamins, and three were pregnant and severely underweight. Now that they are getting the medical care and TLC they so desperately needed, you can see a significant difference by the hour.”
She adds that the first priority is “getting these precious animals healthy” and then finding them loving homes. Goldsmith reports that four adult male and three female purebred Labrador retrievers will be available for adoption this Saturday. The chocolate, yellow, gold-color Labs range from one to
three-year-olds, with one six-year-old male.
The others, including the young puppies need two to three more weeks to be ready for adoption; the puppies will be in isolation but on view in a glass room this weekend. Once the new litters of puppies are delivered (anticipated to be more than 15 purebred Labradors), it will take another six weeks from birth before they can be adopted.
“We encourage pet lovers to ‘adopt, not shop’ retailers that sell dogs and cats born in puppy mills and backyard breeders,” said Alan Gould, noting that every year, retail pet stores across the U.S. sell 500,000 dogs, while 5 to 7 million dogs enter shelters. “We are so pleased to be working with Tri-County on this ‘mission of mercy’ with plans to do more collaboration to neutering and spaying of dogs and cats.” On Wednesday, September 17th, the Darbster restaurant location in Boca Raton will be hosting a benefit night for TCAR, during which 20% of all food purchases will be donated to support the work of the 100% No Kill rescue center.
TCAR actively participates in Palm Beach County-focused efforts for the Countdown To Zero Initiative, collaborative effort to end euthanasia for adoptable dogs and cats in Palm Beach County within 10 years, as well as efforts by municipalities to ban puppy mills, or retailer who sell puppy mill dogs and cats.
TRI-COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE
Saving lives, one pet at a time, in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Martin counties and beyond, TCAR is a protective haven to thousands of abandoned, abused or neglected dogs and cats from other facilities in South Florida, Treasure Coast and as far as Sarasota, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, the Bahamas and most recently abroad from Istanbul, Turkey. A top-rated animal rescue center not limited to regional borders, TCAR has rescued more than 42,000 animals since its inception in 1996, offering homeless pets a welcoming forever home, either on campus or through carefully vetted adoptions that total more than 3,000 per year.
Located at 21287 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33433, TCAR is open for adoptions six-days-a-week Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For frequent updates or more information on TCAR, call (561) 482-8110, visit tricountyanimalrescue.com; connect via facebook.com/TriCountyHumane, twitter.com/TriCountyAR, and Instagram/TRICOUNTYANIMALRESCUEFL
The Darbster Foundation’s purpose is to assist in animal welfare and animal rights efforts through education, charitable contributions and direct sponsoring of animal care such spaying and neutering. It promotes animal interests in the local community by supporting the efforts of local residents.
The Foundation was established when Ellen Quinlan and Alan Gould opened their first Darbster restaurant
(a unique vegetarian bistro with a creative menu that appeals to both the vegetarian and mainstream diner) with 100% of all profits from Darbster food going to the Darbster Foundation. Darbster Foundation has no paid employees and operates entirely through volunteers.
Through April of 2014 the foundation was responsible for the TNR of over 600 cats. In 2013, the foundation was responsible for the TNR of over 400 cats, the adoption of many kittens and the sponsoring of medical care for puppies found in the Everglades. In June of 2014 the Foundation launched its first matching drive; in which for every dollar donated to the Darbster Foundation will be matched. The goal is to raise $25,000, which will be used for two Op Around the Clock events aiming to provided spay/neuter for 1,000 community animals in conjunction with Palm Beach County Animal Control Center.
NOTE:Darbster Dog Day Care and the Darbster restaurants in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach are named in honor of Darby, Ellen and Alan’s 17-year-old poodle who they rescued 10 years ago from a puppy mill in the Midwest.