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Member Update September 2020
What a strange and challenging summer it has been. Our thoughts are with all the people impacted by the coronavirus, who have lost lives, loved one, jobs and homes.
The summer of 2020 brought more animals through our doors than any other year since STAR was founded 26 years ago. Veterinarians had limited services, supplies were sometimes scarce, and the need to provide for social distancing and safety forced us to keep our staff at a minimum. Last year we had seven interns, and this year we had none. Any volunteer who was exposed to coronavirus was not permitted to work. Anyone with a cough, fever, or sniffle also had to stay home. There were many days over 200 animals were being cared for by only three volunteer staff members. But we got it done. Most days we handled over 100 phone calls. We shuttled animals to and from the vet, ran out on rescues, and picked up supplies, ending in many late nights.
We are not complaining. Our supporters are great – and your donations have kept us going while we are unable to gather for fundraisers. That being said – please do not forget us now. Baby season is still here. Someone forgot to tell the animals to stop making babies after the spring, so we are still getting in baby birds and lots of bunnies and squirrels. We sadly decided to cancel both our Motorcycle Run (Sept. 26) and our Rocky Horror Party (Nov. 7) as we don’t want to risk having anyone get sick at large gatherings. We hope to plan a few online events soon, and we will just have to see how things go before we announce any dates for holiday fundraising.
We still need some handy helpers here at the center when the wildlife intakes slow down. If you are a painter, contractor, plumber, mason, or jack-of-all-trades, we have lots of projects both big and small for which we could use your assistance. We know many people took a big financial hit during lockdown, but if you can spare a day or two of labor and expertise to help us get the place in shape we would be very grateful.
As ever, we need supplies: cleaning supplies, paper towels, laundry, dish and liquid dishwasher detergent, Clorox bleach, parrot food, parakeet food, unflavored Pedialyte. Of course we always need cash donations for big ticket items like a veterinary cold laser, an IV infuser, an oxygen cage, a ride-on mower, a chain saw, and new garage doors. It takes a lot of effort to keep this center operating at full power. Help us Save The Animals by giving what you can. We are still 100% volunteer operated, and every dollar is used to keep the center and animal programs going, so you are truly making a difference in an animal’s life with your donation.
Calling all Rehabbers!
Babies, babies, babies. Squirrels and bunnies – opossums just starting to show up, and baby owls, baby doves, and baby deer are right around the corner. We are hoping that many independent rehabilitators will contact us and let us know what they are available to help with, but right now we are having little luck lining up places for the babies to go.
Licensed rehabilitators are volunteers, and many are now dealing with having kids out of school, or having to work from home. Lots of rehabilitators are also front line workers, nurses and vet techs, EMTs and food supply, which means they may not have time to take on rehab babies at this time. We are taking in as many as we can support – but if you are a rehabber and can help out, please contact STAR and let us know how to reach you.
Virtual Baby Shower
Our Virtual Baby Shower is usually held every spring, and it is the only fundraiser we can still hold as it is based on social distancing!! You are invited – but you are not expected to attend, or wrap a gift, or spend several dollars on a card! Your invitation includes a wish list, and you can “buy” (donate) the cost of the items you want to give. Watch for your invitation, by email or on Facebook!
Mini Horse Update
Last year we rescued two mini horses from a horrible fate. It was one of the most moving outpourings of support we have ever seen here at STAR. We called upon our followers to help us save these girls, and within hours the money was pledged and the horses were on their way to safety.
Every week far too many “pet” horses are sent off to die because there is no viable option for the huge number of unwanted equines in this country. Horses are allowed to breed with no plan for their placement. They live many years and often get passed from home to home, only to be sold off to kill pens when they become older or unsound.
Our rescue of the two little girls was rewarding, but was so little in the larger picture. We hope that once our world returns to closer to normal (it may never actually be as it was) that we can continue to fight for kinder options for unwanted equines, and may be able to help others soon.
Animal rescues, wildlife rehabilitators and many other small nonprofits are going to suffer, and perhaps experience irreversible damage as a result of this pandemic. We encourage everyone to be safe, be smart, and together let’s do what we can to get this monster under control.
Even as we continue to mourn our losses, when everyone is back to work we will show our strength by picking up the pieces, evaluating and rebuilding. Until then, keep positive and remember the animals still need us no matter what. STAR will continue to do as much as we can, with your support. Thank you, and stay well.
Starting now – until we collect all we need!
There are endless building projects here at STAR, and materials are always needed to complete the jobs.
We need fence (deck) lumber for stall dividers, floors in outside aviaries, and fence repairs. We need pressure treated 4 x 4s and rolls of welded wire. Plywood, exterior paints, nails, screws, and shingles – all add up quickly.
We are asking for donations of $10 to “buy a board”. You can, of course, buy as many boards as you like – and we will keep on building and expanding our habitats with your help.
You can donate right now from the Donate button in the right-hand column, or you can send your donation to STAR Foundation, P.O. Box 519, Middle Island, NY 11953.
Save the Animals
Don’t forget that without your support we cannot save the animals. Donate, volunteer, and spread the word. Follow us on Facebook. Don’t buy – adopt. Everything you do, no matter how little it may seem, makes a difference to an animal that cannot help itself.
Call for Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for all upcoming events – please contact us if you think you are interested in helping!
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