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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about Stamford Animal Rescue and the good work they do for sometime now, originally via friends who have experienced it firsthand. I've met Heather, STAR's founder, on more than one occasion and can vouch for her dedication. Even though I did not get my rescue pooch from STAR (they're a newer organization), I recently attended a fund-raiser for them. There can never be too many organizations caring for animals in need of human kindness. STAR is a genuine star in the galaxy of animal rescue organizations.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege and honor to work directly with this organization as a their dog trainer & behaviorist. They go above and beyond their call of duty helping those in need on so many levels. Whether it be a senior citizen who can't feed her faithful canine companion because she had to choose between getting the medication she needs or feed her beloved dog, or the young mother struggling to make ends meet after being laid off. STAR is their to provide food for their precious pet if needed through their food pantry, making sure that animal gets to the Vet to get the medical attention it needs, it could be sending out a professional dog trainer like myself to help the family struggling with behavior problems with their favorite canine they can't bare to give up....the list goes on and on. STAR IS THERE TO HELP. They work hard to keep that furry companion in its home as well as striving hard to help that homeless animal find a loving home. They are truly a gift and an asset to the community by touching so many lives both human and animals. Please spread the word about this amazing organization!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stamford Animal Rescue has been amazing! I was in a complete panic when my mother's dog needed an urgent foster home. I found Stars on the internet and am so very thankful. Heather emailed me back right away and I spoke with her the next day. Within a couple of days Peaches was in her new foster home. Heather and the volunteers at Stars are amazing, they were all very friendly, compassionate and understanding. I felt 100% confident that Peaches was in great hands. Peaches also got some medical care that she would not have otherwise been able to get. Peaches is happy and healthy and I can sleep well at night knowing she is in great hands and not in a shelter. I can't express how grateful I am to have found Stars, they are a great organization and I cannot say enough good things about them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to work with STAR, an organization that provides such an important service to not only to animals in need but to their owners as well. In these hard economic times STAR has helped by not only giving food but medical aid when needed. The people who run STAR work tiredlessly to make sure that help is always available.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor volunteering for STAR. This rescue is run by a wonderful, helpful, generous bunch of people. They are doing amazing work - working tirelessly, helping the struggling public keep their pets in the home rather than having to bring them to the shelter, by providing a fully stocked pet food pantry and by offering pet grants. They also have monthly pet adoption events and invite local rescue groups to bring adoptable animals =) It is such a wonderful organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several of STAR's fundraisers this year and was impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and the mission of the organization. I especially appreciate that STAR considers the needs of its clients after adoptions have happened, offering financial assistance for medical care and food to those who need help. I think so many people forget about the costs of caring for a pet. It is wonderful and important that STAR educates people about this, and devotes resources to helping people care for their beloved pets.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a Cat from Stamford Animal Rescue and they were kind enough to also take care of the medical expenses required for my new friend. They really do care about all of the animal in under their watch!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Down to Earth Pet Loving All Volunteer Group.No one gets paid,In fact most put their own money in to help when a pet is in crisis.The Goal is to keep pets out of shelters and in their homes by providing food ,medical care and support when needed .I marvel at the dedication and effort our volunteers put in.In addition to a full time job ,one woman puts in over 25 hours each an every week working on medical aid grants and organising events.Most of the animals helped can not help themselves.Today we saw an adorable loving 3 year old Bichon mix that has yet to experience human kindness as she has been ignored at best by her drug addicted human for all 3 years of her life.This sweet little dog is still as kind as can be.She will be saved.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This charity helps pets and their owners in a unique way--emphasizing services like their pet food pantry and pet healthcare assistance instead of adoption services. This helps pet owners to be able to keep their pets, even if they are having difficult financial times. Through attending their events and having my son volunteer with them, I have been able to see that they are well-run by truly caring people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked some over the past few months volunteering for STAR because I think the work they do is so important. We just adopted a 10 year old beagle who was found wandering the streets in extreme need of dental care. He was rescued, but if his owners had known about the work STAR does perhaps they would not have abandoned him. Providing the ability for people to keep their pets is so very important, more people need to know there is a place to turn. I hope to be able to do more to help STAR raise funds and awareness in the future.