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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

79 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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Robyn24

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

3 ezawy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2 Julia55

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Kerri8

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1 Daniela7

Donor

Rating: 5

AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION IN OUR COMMUNITY!!! CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT ALL THEY DO!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5 Katy15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer my services for STARelief and Pet Assistance special events throughout the year. You could not have a more endearing organization for me to spend my time with. Helping animals is such an important part of my life and passion. Volunteering at STARelief comes naturally and brings me such joy!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping at STAR Animal relief is the most rewarding part of my life.Animals and People in need have been helped in deep meaningful ways.Helping a person make their pet well or keeping them home and not giving them up is at times a life changing event for a person.The staff and volunteers as good dedicated people.I am proud and pleased to be able to help. What we need most to deliver the help and services is simple ,donations and volunteers.Please help.Thank you.Peter Suchy

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member for STARelief since it first started, and I am truly amazed every day by the dedicated pet owners that reach out to us for assistance. It takes courage to ask for help, and I commend all of the people who have set aside their own pride in order to be able to keep their pet at home. I feel honored that I am able to be a part of an organization that helps both humans and their pets. Animals are such an amazing part of our lives, and it is so wonderful when pets get to be happy, healthy and home with their humans!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with STARelief and Pet Assistance since it started, and I continue to be proud of the amazing work being done for pets and their owners. It truly is an honor to work with such dedicated volunteers who donate their time to keep pets happy, healthy and home! We pride ourselves in providing as much support and assistance as possible, to be sure that both the animals, and the humans that love them, are cared for! The community support that we have received has been amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have both volunteered and donated to STARelief. The mission of helping to keep pets in their homes really fills a need. In tough economic times there is help for those who find it difficult providing for their pet. The STARelief Pet Pantry fills this gap. Also the work that STAR does in helping with veterinary costs is a welcome resource for needy pet owners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization almost from the beginning. I am so proud to be part of something that does so much for the animal community. Every single person that is part of STARelief is so dedicated to helping these animals, and with each success story I feel more grateful that this organization is here for the animals and their people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for several nonprofit organizations and I've finally found one where I plan on staying. With a fantastic mission and strong future goals set in place, I know that this organization will grow in their success in helping families and their pets. Amazing volunteers and already a very rewarding opportunity for me!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board of several non-profit organizations but none has been as rewarding as that of STARelief. Seeing the good work that STAR does to meet the needs of people who, in most cases, would have to surrender their pets to a shelter (or worse!), it fills a tremendous need. The volunteers are a totally dedicated group of individuals who go above and beyond when helping serve clients. STAR fills a niche currently not serviced by most shelters....keeping animals in the homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had a medical emergency with my Shar-Pei, Sasha. She had a tooth broken in an attack by a deer and it eventually became infected and needed extraction, but every vet I spoke with quoted me a price impossible to pay - starting at $800 for a simple extraction up to $3,000 for a root canal. I was devastated at the thought of watching her suffer because of lack of money and began looking for help.

There are many veterinary assistance organizations but most merely help you set up and manage your own online fundraiser. What we needed was a program with emergency funds available immediately for Sasha's painful tooth.

From the first contact onward STARelief handled my problem with the greatest care and professionalism. They were courteous, immediately responsive by phone and email, and expedited my application for funds during a holiday weekend.

They contacted my vet to verify the estimate and even notified me of my award on a holiday date itself. These volunteers went the extra mile to help a suffering dog, and without them I honestly don't know what we would have done.

The very next day Sasha was scheduled for surgery and the broken, painful tooth was successfully extracted. It was even worse than originally thought - splintered deep below the gumline - and a root canal would have been out of the question. Even the extraction was complex.

Sasha was sent home finally comfortable and pain-free with a neatly stitched gum over a missing canine tooth site. Her eating or chewing would not be affected at all. The difference in her behavior was immediate - she was wagging her tail, happy and full of energy again. She must have been completely miserable from the tooth.

I can't thank or praise STARelief highly enough for the wonderful resolution, service, and emergency award they provided Sasha - and over a holiday weekend to boot. Thank you for all you do, STARelief!

Melody1000

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live with my adult daughter with a disability and my Bichon Frise. I've had him since he was a puppy. Recently, he has been limping and had trouble going up stairs.

STARelief was such a big help! They covered medical expenses so he could get x-rays and medicine.

I appreciate their help so much!