THE ARK FOUNDATION
A project of Soupbone Charities
The Ark Foundation is committed to
planning and developing a modern eco-friendly village community
for everybody and most importantly their pets.
About the Ark Foundation
The Ark evokes a community of humans and animals.
It embodies the specialness of the human/animal bond.
The eternal, ancient promise of protection.
A pact with each other to ensure the continuation of care and life.
A plan to safeguard, provide refuge, sustaining peace, salvation.
What is the Ark Foundation?
It's not about age.
It's not about disability.
It's about who will care for your pets
if something happens to you.
What happens to your pets if something happens to you?
If you are part of the community, your pets can stay in the community!
It's simple. It's the Ark.
The ARK COMMUNITY BY-LAWS
The Ark shall not discriminate against any individual persons, which shall include but shall not be limited to discrimination with regard to age, sex, gender identity, health, finances, or number of pets.
The Ark shall not discriminate against any pets, which shall include but shall not be limited to discrimination with regard to age, sex, health, breed, or finances.
There shall be no minimum or maximum number of pets that an individual residing in the Ark Community shall be allowed, but rather same will be decided by the Board of Directors of Soupbone Charities or a committee that said Directors may establish for the Ark Foundation Project, on a case-by-case basis.
The Ark shall consist of non-assignable rental homes for individuals who are selected by the Board or a committee established by the Board.
Every resident must fill out and return a signed Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust at signing a lease. The Pet Protection Agreement is free.
The Ark shall always have at least one free home within the community, and if there are 10 homes or more, there shall always be at least 20% free homes within the community. The goal is to have a free home for one who cannot afford to pay and a free home for one who is an armed services person especially one who is suffering from PTSD (not a requirement to have PTSD or prove it) and needs his animal(s) to help him or her out.
The rental homes built within the Ark shall be between 700 to 1,000 square feet to start and can be larger if the board so decides.
There shall be a separate dog clubhouse for daycare, fun and grooming.
There shall be a separate cat clubhouse for daycare, fun and grooming.
There shall be a separate clubhouse for the Ark’s tenants for dining and fun.
There shall at all times be a hired veterinary technician on the Ark’s premises. To begin, there must be a minimum of two houses. If there are only two houses, then one is a free house with a vet tech in it and the other is a rental. If there are three houses then one is free and two can be rentals – in this case the vet tech can be paying rent, one is still free, and the other is a rental. I know that this does not seem to make financial sense but this is the way it must be for the first Ark Foundation Project community and all the communities in the future. This is my vision for many more in the future.
The Ark shall meet all ADA, Building Department, zoning and other code requirements and shall obtain all necessary legal, tax, and financial approvals.
Illustrations of the Community
Board of Directors
Rachel Hirschfeld Founder
Effie Samios CEO
Kevan Cleary President
Charlie Knapp Alternate
Mike Arms CEO Helen Woodward Animal Center
Kevan Cleary US Attorney’s Office Eastern District NY Senior Trial Counsel
Dany Esquilin Consigliere
Rachel Hirschfeld Animal Welfare Attorney
Sid Kess Harvard Trained Attorney and CPA
Charles Knapp Attorney
Tony La Salle Educator
Dennis Marini Eco Genius
Billy Meisch Designer to the Stars
Pat and Joe Nista Dog Groomer/Community Builder
Sonja O’Brien Real Estate Broker
Matt Philbin Accountant
Curtis Sliwa Founder of the Guardian Angels
Nancy Sliwa New York City Cat Rescue
Matt Rich PR Political, Corporate and Entertainment Accounts
Effie Samios Multi Award Winning Media Group
Jacalyn Sharpe Owner/Operator Purple Glaze Donuts, etc.
From our Founder
Ageing Out Together
If I wanted to find a place to move to at this time, I would want to take my dog. If I only had one dog,
I could find a few, not many places.
But even if I liked one of the few places in America,
when I was unable to care for the animal, for example,
forget to feed it or unable to walk it,
then it would be moved away from me.
The places I found would not care for my animal when I could not.
Let’s say I had more than one animal, two dogs.
a cat and a dog.
Well, there is no place in America that would take us.
And so, The Ark…..two by two
- Rachel Hirschfeld