STARelief and Pet Assistance

Rating: 4.95 stars   57 reviews 1,390

Issues: Animals

Location: 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 15,579 lbs of life saving pet food. Provided over $42,000 in veterinary care to pets in need. Prevented over 317 animals from being surrendered to local animal shelters.
Target demographics: Low-income, unemployed, domestic violence victims, current and ex-military personnel, and people with disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: 117 individuals and families
Geographic areas served: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey
Programs: Pet Food Pantry Aid-A-Pet Pets For Military Vets
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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!

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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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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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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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Without financial help from charities like this one I could never have gotten my Service Dog the lifesaving surgery she needed. I can't thank STARelief and Pet Assistance enough for their help. Pheona is still with me and still making my life worth living. I am so grateful, we owe her life to them.

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I have supported and help STARelief for a many number of years. Heather, Pam and the team do wonderful things in the community and help when hope seems lost for pet parents having money issues. They have provided food to pet parents who are having issues affording their own, they step up and help with medical payments when pet parents seem like hope is lost due to a bad injury to a beloved family member, their pet. I can't thank them enough or praise them enough for all they do in the community! I will continue to support this organization in all ways I can because I believe in their mission!

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Heather and STARelief helped me in my time of need. I was having trouble paying for dog food and they were there to help me. Delivered two bags of food to my door. Ever grateful to this wonderful group.

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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

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Work full time for STARelief

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

Life-changing

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2015

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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.

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

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

Life-changing

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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.

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Help them find more dedicated volunteers

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

Life-changing

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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.

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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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