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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by the love, dedication, and hard work of STAR. My sweet cat Honey was rescued by STAR from a terrible hoarding situation of many cats and dogs living in atrocious conditions. She is an absolute joy, and I am so grateful that she was rescued and now with my family.

2 Barbara265

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer on a project with a family that was housing multiple cats with litters in a run down home that eventually got condemned. Someone suggested I reach out to Starelief to get some assistance for the kittens. After assessing the situation, Starelief not only helped with the kitten litters but worked with their vet to get the Mom's neutered & also provided much needed medical assistance for some of the other cats. They also helped with food and cat litter since the family was in obvious need. It's been a few years since our first introduction and all of the cats have been relocated with their help (either tangible or simply being pointed in the right direction).

4 Lynne45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi this association was extremely helpful when we first got our dog we adopted from another place. They helped us get a low-cost neutering as well as Initial shots in the first year.

6 Marjorie5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago our dachshund, Bindi, needed back surgery. As we were struggling with her expensive surgery bills, STARelief helped us with some of the costs. To give back for their assistance, I have a minimal amount deducted from my checking account each month. A small amount does add up over time and can greatly assist STARelief to help other animals and their families.

Marjorie Swarts
Client Served and Current Donor

4 Jim_168

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two young cats from STARelief and have continued to support their efforts via charitable contributions for several years now. STARelief does fabulous work for pets who need assistance. These are truly remarkable folks!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with STARelief and Pet Assistance for over 3 years and I can honestly say that this is the most organized, dedicated and fun non-profit I've ever volunteered with. Everyone is completely dedicated to keeping pets happy, healthy and home! Also important is that everyone in the group truly likes working together and everyone pitches in to help each other. Great group with a great mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with or donated to several organizations over the past few years and STARelief & Pet Assistance has proven to be one of the best. A group of dedicated volunteers give their time and energy to helping people keep their beloved pets healthy, happy and home rather than surrendering them to shelters (or worse, euthanasia) due to lack funds. STAR's mission helps alleviate the burden of overcrowding in shelters and is an important one, especially since many of the pets they help are elderly and would likely have trouble getting adjusting to shelter life. STAR is small but they do a tremendous amount of great work for the size and funding of the group.

2 bow wow

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.