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STARelief and Pet Assistance

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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.

1 felixlisa

Client Served

Rating: 5

StarRelief has helped us enormously these past six months to help get food and medical help for our beloved pets. Without their help we would not know how we would have provided for our three cats Simon, Bitsy, Oreo and our dog Max. Thank You So Much Star for the relief you have given us in out difficult time. Felix & Lisa and our four legged family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Star has helped me out on two occasions. The first was my 19 year old cat who was terminally ill and then a few months later with my new kitten. From the very beginning and to this day that have always been extremely considerate, thoughtful and generous. They found a tiger tabby for me who is incredible. She's type A personality and super smart/witty and always amusing. I'm forever grateful to everyone at STARelief. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for STARelief for over a year and feel honored to be a part of this devoted, hardworking organization. This group of volunteers work hard at their everyday jobs, then spend most of their free time helping with STAR. It's incredible to see how much we've grown in one year, and thrilling to think about where we'll be in the future. I've personally seen STAR touch the lives of many pet owners, and look forward to helping loving pet owners and happy pets. Congratulations STAR for keeping pets Happy, Healthy and Home!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my boxer was bitten by a copperhead during a run in the woods, I reached out to STARelief for assistance with his medical bills. I was fresh out of graduate school and had recently moved for a new job and was therefore BROKE and already stressed. The vet was able to save my pup, and STARelief was able to help us with the bills. Their staff was friendly and understanding, and they were able to help us QUICKLY, which was incredible. I would recommend this organization to anyone!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


STARelief was able to help me get my beautiful puppy spayed at a reasonable cost to my family. They responded quickly to my needs, requests, and questions. They were extremely helpful and friendly.

1 Rocky C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What attracted me to STAR is its mission: keeping pets happy, healthy and HOME. There are so many wonderful organizations devoted to helping homeless pets find forever homes and that is also a wonderful purpose. But the unique aspect of STAR is that people who are facing financial or personal trouble are often put in the terrible position of giving up their pets who, let's face it, are family members, because they simply lack the resources to keep them at home. What is a more worthy purpose than helping someone already facing difficult financial circumstances than to keep their beloved companions by their side? The dedication of the STAR volunteers is also very impressive. I am very happy that I have had the opportunity to meet the organizers and other volunteers and give back to our community through these efforts.

1 ann.ticali

Client Served

Rating: 4

My dog is having surgery done on may 9 2013 and thanks to Stamford they where able to give a $200 donation. without there help this surgery would not be possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i feel that any organization that puts time and effort into helping animals should be noted. especially STAR. the effort that heather and all the volunteers put towards helping people feed, and keep pets healthy is tireless. time and time again, they are out delivering food to a pet owner in bridgeport, picking up a dog and bringing it to the vet for a neuter, at the Pet Food Pantry to collect donated pet food. this all in a days work. bottom line, its all about the animals and these folks realize this!!!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past year I have seen the work that STARescue has done. 28 pets have been adopted from their Pet Rescue Adoption Days. I've seen a number of bags of food given to needy people to help feed their pets. I've met many of their volunteers at their Pet Food Pantry. They are very caring and understanding about the needs of the pets in our communities. The animals in Connecticut need an organization as dedicated as STARescue is.

1 Dena G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Stamford Animal Rescue, especially Heather for a unbelievably quick response to my request for help with Nikita's care that she so desperately needed right away. Just three weeks ago she was properly diagnosed and started treatment two weeks ago for her diabetes. In this short time she has gained back her strength, she is able to walk again and got the sparkle back in her eyes. I can't thank you and Stamford Animal Rescue enough for your support through this very difficult time. I will keep you updated on her progress.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This review is in direct response to the change in my life that STAR (Stamford Animal Rescue) has been able to provide in my personal life. I reside in my home alongside my younger brother who has Moderate-Severe Autism and Neurological disorders. Throught his childhood, my brother has led a somewhat difficult life with the inability to interact well with others his age and lacked the social ability to reach out to any individual in his life! This changed two years ago in a drastic manner! A family friend of ours was the owner of three beautiful kitties! One was Blade, the other Princess, and the third, in particular, was especially attached to my brother, his name is TUX! Tux is a long-haired, black/white tuxedo Manx kitty! He does not have a tail. This fascinated my little brother to the extreme!! He was so intrigued by how soft and fluffy appeared, and most of all he was intrigued by his lack of a tail, which is a genetic trait of his breed. Tux was immediately attached to my brother. Our family friend decided that Tux would be better off in my home alongside my brother. It was settled, Tux moved in with cat carrier and litter box. He decided to make my brother's room, his own. Unfortunately, until this point in my life, I have had numerous expenses that were out of pocked, therefore, caring for Tux was somewhat of a burden! After a year I found out about STAR and through their Pet Food Pantry, I realized that Tux will not be a burden on our family. The kitty food and litter provided to us by STAR has truly allowed me to comfortably keep Tux in our family, because I honestly can not see a life without him in our household.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The only way to describe the Stamford Animal Rescue is that they are sent from heaven! We were in incredible distress over the health of our beloved dog. We spent every penny we had on his care and had to make the awful decision to cut his care short due due to finances and brought him home against doctors orders. We were searching for help and found the Stamford Animal Rescue's link on the Humane Society's website. We wrote an email describing our situation and we got an almost immediate response. The compassion that we felt from someone we didn't yet know was just astounding. Our dog is receiving excellent care and is well on his way to a full recovery. We are eternally grateful to the Stamford Animal Rescue - they are true angels!

1 Staci3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Late last year we found a tumor on our cat Feona. She needed to be seen immediately. I contacted Stamford Animal Rescue to ask for help. Thanks to Heather and the wonderful people there, Feona was able to be seen immediately. Unfortunately, it was cancer and was too advanced for treatment. I was only able to find this out and decide on a course of action because of the generosity of the people at STAR. Since finding out Feona and I have had 2 months of quality time together. We were able to get pain medicine too. They felt like a friend at one of the worst times of my life. Thank you to everyone there....I wish there were more people like this in the world. It would be a better place.
Sincerely, Staci

1 Pat_26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say thanks again for helping my little chihuahua Charlie with the surgical removal of his eye. This is the best organization I has ever dealt with and the fast service was greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help from Pat and Charlie.

Client Served

Rating: 5

STAR has been helping me feed my cat and dog for 3 months now. I go to school in Norwalk at NCC and I live in Bethel. Each month I meet my friend in Norwalk at the school and she takes me to STAR - if not for them I would have to choose between feeding myself and feeding our pets. Thanks to STAR for helping us make sure our pets are fed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Stamford Animal Rescue on Craigslist--what a fortunate find! I have 2 cats and I am feeding a stray. I am partially unemployed and it's been challenging for me all around. Knowing I don't have to worry about not having food for my pets is such a blessing! Melissa and the people at STAR are wonderful--they don't make the process difficult or embarrassing to obtain food. My cats really love the high quality food and I've shared this information with friends who were also in need. Thank you so much for all that you do! Denise

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Stamford Animal Rescue (STAR) was brought to my attention through a friend of mine who is an animal lover. I have two full grown cats, a juvenile kitten and a stray outside whom I feed. As you know kittens can eat you out of house and home and my two older cats (a voluptuous 13.5 lbs and a muscular mush 16 lbs) can eat and eat and eat. All my cats and stray are rescues. I can't see my life without them. When I approached STAR, I was hesitant, embarrassed that I needed help and grateful. When I entered the facility, the people were warm, giving and respectful. The food is greatly appreciated and needed. Thank goodness for people like STAR who can have us live with our precious furry family and give them the food they need with respect. Three cheers and a 5/5 star rating for STAR!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

STAR Stamford Animal Rescue is an amazing organization. They helped my 2 dogs get the vet care and updated shots they needed last month. I was looking for some help to get the needed visit for them couldn't afford the high vet costs of taking both dogs in. Sickness struck our house last year so we really appreciated the help from STAR. Heather is amazing and contacted me right away and arranged everything for us. i hope one day to be able to give back so another family will get help in their time of need. I hope that STAResue will be able to continue their mission for a very long time

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a volunteer with STAR rescue. It is so amazing that an organization like this exits where no animal can be turned away that needs help. Everyone that I work with is so dedicated and caring. Its such a great feeling to know that STAR is making such a positive difference in so many animals and their families lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

STARescue is providing a service unlike any other in the area; keeping pets out of shelters and at home with their caretakers, where they belong! By providing financial assistance and free food In less than a year we have kept dozens upon dozens of families together. I am proud to be associated with such a nobel cause

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be part of this organization. Animal abandonment is a REAL problem in this country and it leads to overcrowding at shelters and to senseless killing of otherwise healthy animals. STAR's mission is to end animal abandonment. They work with many local rescue organizations and shelters. It is a joint effort. It can be done. Everywhere you look, you read something about animal adoption, people rescuing animals at high kill shelters, and people giving animals a loving home. It is amazing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of horrible stories too, BUT the word is getting out there - we are their VOICE and we need to do as much as we can to give them the love they give us so easily. I am so, so impressed of what STAR has accomplished already, in just less than a year of operations. I know with the public support, this organization will continue to do GREAT things for our pets.