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Hope For The Holidays

Join us for an evening of Holiday Cheer & Shopping on November 30th! Special Guest: Celebrity Petographer, Jim Dratfield’s Petography will be signing his latest book “The Love of a Lab”. Proceeds will benefit our local safe pet fostering program at STARelief and Pet Assistance, a non profit that supports the pets of those in need.

Jim Dratfield will also be featuring his work and donating one of his framed pet photographs.

Special Gift Items Include: Harry Barker, the Thymes Home Collection, Archipelago Candles and Spa Line, Jewelry, Scarves, Wraps, Home Accessories, Oribe and R&Co Hair Care Products.the-loft-fundraiser-2016

How does STARelief make a difference?

Often you see STARelief events, fundraisers and more on our Social Media pages. So how do these translate into the success stories that we share? How does our organization identify whom to assist and how do we use the funds we collect? This post is an insight into how STARelief hopes to make a difference in the lives of a pet family in need.

Why we do what we do

We at STARelief, believe that no pet family should have to give up their pet due to financial constraints. Many of our volunteers previously worked at shelters and realized that many families end up surrendering their pets because they could no longer afford to care for their ailing pets. Having to choose between feeding one’s self and caring for one’s pet is a position no one should be in. And it was from this belief that STARelief was born. You can read more about our work here.

How we do it: Fundraising and Pet food pantry

doggy daySTARelief is a completely volunteer run organization. All the funds we get go into helping pet owners who cant afford to care for their pets. We participate and host events which is our main source of funding. Recently we participated in New Canaan Dog days, where we were able to raise aid money. We also partner with others (like Web Thrift Store, Amazon Smile etc.) that offer a service in return for any donations. When you shop at Web Thrift Store or Amazon Smile, a percentage of the price you pay is donated to STARelief. We also host other events such as bake sales, tag sales, the dog wash at PetValu and our upcoming event Doggy Day Palooza. All the funds we raise through these events go directly into aiding pet families in need.


We also run a pet food pantry where we accept donations in the form of Pet food. We run numerous donation drives at various locations. We donate the food we have collected to pet families that can’t afford to purchase pet food.

Who benefits?penelope

A few ways we reach out to people who are in need of support are through our online presence (Facebook, Twitter, Website etc.),  partner organizations and through direct referrals. So far we have provided $ 45, 325 in veterinary care. Some of our criteria to provide aid are listed here. We have been successful in aiding over 300 pets in need. Here are some of their stories.

We also recognize the invaluable services of our military veterans. We run the Pet-for-Vets program to aid our veterans.

What can you do to help?

You can get involved in many ways. We are always looking for volunteers who are inclined to make a difference. You or someone you know can join our team by writing in to us. You can also contribute monetarily by donating here. Another way you can engage with us is to donate pet food to our pantry. We love to hear from our supporters, so if you have some great ideas for STARelief, or are passionate about animals, we would love to hear from you!

As always, please help us spread the message of our work and share this post with as many people as you can!



Article by Madhumita Ganapathy

Madhu, having grown up in a household that always had pets, fell in love with animals at a very young age. She firmly believes that until one has loved, nurtured and cared for a pet, one’s life remains incomplete. She loves writing, travelling, and meeting new people. Madhu lives in Stamford and joined STARelief as Social Media Director to lend her marketing expertise in spreading the word and creating awareness. Connect with her on Twitter @MadhuG86



Elks 899 Is Going to The Dogs

Dear Friends,

We are very proud and honored to announce that STARelief and Pet Assistance has been awarded a grant of $1,500.00 from
the Connecticut Elks Association.

The Elks Club Association will be presenting this generous donation to STARelief and Pet Assistance this Saturday, March
1st from 9am to 11am at the Elks 899 located at 943 Hope St, Stamford, CT.

You and your furry friend are invited to come out and enjoy light breakfast refreshments for humans and canines as they
present the award.

Please stop by and show your support. We would love to see you and your best friend there.  Please spread the word.


Heather Scutti
Executive Director

STAR Wrappers at Barnes and Noble

FREE Holiday Gift Wrapping December 20, 2013 – Barnes and Noble, Stamford Town Center, Stamford, CT

STARelief will be wrapping at the Barnes and Noble located in the Stamford Town Center from 10am to 9pm.

Four ways we can help you:

  1. finish your holiday shopping
  2. save time – by getting your holiday gifts wrapped
  3. reduce stress – your gift is wrapped and ready to give
  4. help a pet family in need



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STARelief and Pet Assistance
P.O. Box 3035
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-636-0971
Fax: 203-883-0325
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