Who We Are

Mission & History

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The STAR Project (Saving Those At Risk) strives to provide a voice to the voiceless by providing rescue, shelter, and education to end animal abuse and neglect, homelessness, and the euthanization of healthy animals. 

The STAR Project was formed to Save Those At Risk - whether it be animals who have suffered abuse and neglect, deemed special needs, homeless, at risk for euthanasia, and to dispel the Pit Bull stereotype. Animals coming into our organization will be provided a safe, loving environment until their forever home is found. The STAR Project will incur all costs while the animal is in our care, and we strictly rely on donations and volunteers. We also educate on canine compassion, responsible pet ownership, promote a no-kill philosophy, and strive to end BSL. 

On August 13, 2012, a homeless man had a seizure on a New York City sidewalk. According to several witnesses, the man and his dog, Star, were frequent visitors to the area. Many witnessed the seizure and alerted nearby police officers who were soon on the scene. Meanwhile, Star stayed near her master. Two NYPD officers, who initially responded, called for backup. When one officer came close to her master Star charged the officer, the officer drew his gun and shot Star in the head. As Star lay critically wounded and bleeding, a second officer maced her. 

Star was reported dead, but miraculously survived the shot to the head and spent months in recovery. Her story caught national and international attention, as well as Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_the_Dog). At the time she was shot, a Facebook page was created in her honor (https://www.facebook.com/StarTheNewYorkPitBull) and highlights dogs that are in need. Countless dogs were rescued in Star's honor, including her fur-sister Sadie from Hamden, Connecticut and her fur-brother Browny from Brooklyn, NY. They all joined Pete, their fur-brother, a puppy mill survivor.

The STAR Project was formed to Save Those At Risk - whether it be animals who have suffered abuse and neglect, deemed special needs (such as herself), homeless or at risk for euthanasia, and to dispel the Pit Bull stereotype. We also work with communities to overturn BSL, teach canine compassion, and provide food and supplies to animals in need. 


 

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