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STARelief and Pet Assistance

Rating: 4.89 stars   62 reviews 2,266

Address:

PO Box 3035 Stamford CT 06905 USA

Mission:

STARelief and Pet Assistance mission is to provide life-saving veterinary care, pet food, emergency boarding and foster care to pets whose families are struggling with financial hardship. Join us. Company Overview STARelief is a group of volunteers dedicated to keeping pets & families together during hard financial times. We do this by providing free life saving pet food and veterinary care, as well as assisting families with spaying & neutering their pets. Our goal is to lessen the amount of animals that are left behind or relinquished to local animal shelters. We donate pet food to low income, seniors, disabled & the homeless with pets. In these difficult times, many families are faced with the hard decision of giving up their pet, because they can no longer properly care for them. This accounts for most of the 3-4 million pets that are destroyed in shelters each year in the United States. STAR hopes to decrease this burden on families by supplying food and supplies. Families should not have to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. We are one of the only organizations of our kind in the area & the need for our help keeps growing each week. As animal shelters fill up and as families struggle, STAR Pet Food Pantry is committed to making a difference in our community in a whole new way. We service the Westchester, Fairfield and New Haven counties. Description STARelief and Pet Assistance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping pets happy, healthy and in their homes.

Results:

Donated over 24,000 pounds of lifesaving pet food. Provided over $63,205 in veterinary care to pets in need. Prevented over 317 animals from being surrendered to local animal shelters.

Target demographics:

Seniors on a fixed income, Low-income, unemployed, pets of domestic violence, current and ex-military personnel, and people with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

216 individuals and families

Geographic areas served:

National Organization

Programs:

Pet Food Pantry Home For Life Veterinary Grants Pets For Military Vets Safe Pet Foster Program

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

STARelief saved Teddy's life!!! I have worked in the veterinary field for 30 years. I am a veterinary hospital manager. I have often run into clients that want to do what is best for their pet but are unable to cover the entire cost of their care. This week a young couple with a toddler came in with an injured beloved kitty. A fractured arm was more than they could afford right now, the father was losing work hours soon. They responsibly discussed their financial situation before coming in and at every point of their pet's visit. When I was able to call STARelief and get a donation for them it gave Teddy a shot at life. They committed to the other half of his care and now Teddy is home in recovery. STARelief is thorough, prompt, caring and responsible. It gave me an opportunity to save a kitty's life and make a family happy. THANK YOU STARELIEF!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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It's so rewarding to help an organization that keeps pets out of shelters and in their homes. It's not just the pets STARelief helps, it's also the pet owners. And that is amazing.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is my third year volunteering for STARelief. The work we are doing is amazing and so rewarding. The smiles on our clients faces when we show up with pet food for them is priceless. I love this organization

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work full time for STARelief

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Volunteering for STARelief has been extremely rewarding. The best thing about volunteering for this organization is that you not only help pets in need, but the owners has well.

I've been lucky to have meet some wonderful pet owners through STARelief.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see STARelief be able to hire a full-time volunteer so they can assist more pets and people in need

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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This is my second year volunteering with this organization. I am so proud of how much this organization has accomplished in such a short amount of time. STARelief goes above and beyond to help their clients and I couldn't be more proud to be working with this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find more dedicated volunteers

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been lucky enough to become a volunteer for this organization. I also volunteer at our local animal shelter and the number one reason pets are surrendered to the shelter is because pet caretakers can no longer afford to feed or provide medical care for the beloved pets. Stamford Animal Rescue has been able to help pets and the people who love them by providing food, shelter and medical care that is needed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I am absolutely 100 percent grateful for the help i have gotten for my 6 (now 4) cats i have chosen to bring inside from outside where i found them. I had two females, 4 males, and a ton of kittens were being cranked out. I just couldn't afford the vet bills for the spay/neuters, and i was going through a rough time because i had just gone back to school, raising 3 kids and 6 cats on loans, so i got help with feeding my kitty's as well. Again, don't get me wrong, i appreciate the help. What i do not appreciate is the insanity i have encountered with the woman who came out to help with the cats. I will not name names, but someone came out to transport the cats to and from and to drop off food. At first everything was great, she said i could get all the cats fixed etc... When she brought one female, and two males to the vet one day, she came back with one. Apparently, the female was pregnant and she gave permission for her to be boarded at the vet, without even asking the owner first. (Me...) One of the males was given away for adoption, and this was afger she asked if i would consider it, and i answered with : "sure, i'll CONSIDER it." I wrote her many emails about the fact that we want that cat back, that i discussed it wit my kids and we want him back, but to no avail. The cat that was boarded? I asked repeatedly when i can get her back, when can we visit....all answered with vague "soon, or when the babies are born..." after a while i just waited, waited for her or the vet to tell me when i can get her. Then, i find an email in my box saying i have abandoned her and her babies and to not accrue any more charges in boarding at the vet (which i never even granted permission to have done!) she and the babies have been give up for adoption. I am LIVID. and sad. She is my pet. I love that cat, my kids love her, and this nonprofit has just swept her away...why? Could it be i was being judged the entire time by this woman who drives a really nice car and lives in a really nice house and had to come to the side of Stamford that no one likes to visit to see me? to help me? who told me point blank that 6 cats are too many? I think so. But it doesn't matter. What matters is this woman stole my cat. I had been in contact with the vet, i had been visiting her just days before i got that email, and i'm told i have abandoned her? And seriously, how do i hold her accountable???I can't figure out who is in charge of the place. Just be careful. Get the help u need but don't believe anything these people say.

 
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Thank you STARelief! Gypsy was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, and a newly formed tumor of melanoma. I wasn't sure how I was going to try and pay for more vet bills, but between STARelief and an anonymous donor I was able to get my baby dog back into good health. From the start to end of applying for a grant with this organization I was completely calm, and offered assistance and sympathy when I needed it the most. This is a wonderful thing that is hard to come by these days. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help with gypsy's surgery. She is fully recovered as of today, stitches are out, and she is completely cancer free now. I hope STARelief is around for a long time, as well as the staff.

 
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Because of STARelief we still have our loved dog. We thought her diagnosis was a death sentence because of the cost. She is still with us, 2 years post surgery and I can't thank STARelief enough for giving our family this time with her.

 
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STARelief is aptly named. The Pet Assistance has enabled me to keep my rescued Great Dane fed and well-cared for. For over 20 years I have rescued Great Danes. Recently I acquired chronic health issues that have prevented me from working. At 71 years of age, I was extremely worried that I would no longer be able to feed two giant breeds. The older one is no longer with us. But the younger female that I rescued over four years ago remains my companion and I do not fret. STARelief rescued me and my rescues! I am ever grateful for the CARE.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Star has been nothing short of amazing and a god send for me and my furbabies all six since we just had one pass away. We are struggling financially as life happens as it always does and we found ourselfs in a pinch and star swooped in and help me save my fur babies and care for them and provide for them the way all fur babies should be. we are very greatful for every bit of help we have received and hope one day we can pay it forward! Thank you guys so much love The Hart family-kristina,mitchell,diva,scruffie,mya,freddie,piper,and baby

 
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2 people found this review helpful

They are honestly the best organization you can donate to. The team really does care about the safety and health of pets. This is my favorite place to volunteer!

 
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My daughters service dog needed her teeth cleaned and STARelief stepped in and helped make that happen. She needed 8 teeth pulled and had a couple stitches but is doing great and thanks to STARelief Baby is no longer in pain. She can do what she does best and focus on my daughter and helping her! Thank you everyone who made this happen. Your tireless dedication has helped so many animals including ours! Keep up the great work and know you are appreciated!!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Honored to be able to volunteer and help at STARelief! From STARelief's exceptionally dedicated Executive Director, Heather, to their programs that tackle the 3 main reasons owners surrender their pets at animal shelters, to their Pets for Military Vets Program for veterans, this is an organization that makes an impact in the Fairfield County community and beyond. The mission, the care and assistance that STARelief provides is unmatched and I'm grateful to have a small part in helping them make a difference. -Lizzy

 
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