Rescue Spotlight: STAR Foundation
When you love a dog, you usually have respect for all living creatures. The same is true for one wildlife rescue in New York. Today we have the chance of sharing the story of STAR Foundation with you! What started out as a service for missing domestic pets, soon became the spark of change for rescue and rehab of wildlife. Read more about STAR below through the words of Lori Ketcham, Director.
When & Why did you start?
We started about 20 years ago. One of the founders was retiring from a career as a dog groomer, and the first project of the organization was Pet Line lost and found service. The goal was to provide a network that would help pet owners locate their missing pets, finders get the pets back to their rightful owners, and the unclaimed pets into new, safe homes. We also offered pet tags that included a 24 hour service that would get pets home safely if lost anywhere in the United States. The fees from this service were used to rescue pets who were injured and who would not stand a chance of being adopted unless they received vet care and rehab first.
The founders also were licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and as this became known, the wildlife started to far number the domestic animals. Wildlife rehab and rescue quickly overtook the organization as the primary mission. We now care for 100’s of wild animals annually, and have many permanent resident wild and exotic animals who help us with our educational programs, and act as foster parents for the orphans who come to STAR to be raised and released back to the wild. Read more