Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help Keep Pets in Their Homes
STARelief keeps people struggling with financial hardship and their pets together by providing food, veterinary care, and foster care. As a member of Investing In Communities®, STARelief can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. As more supporters use this platform, at no cost to them, before engaging a real estate agent, the more funding STARelief has to prevent pets from being torn from their people due to financial struggles.
In 2012, STARelief was founded as the Stamford Animal Rescue in Stamford, Connecticut. Though their name has changed, their mission has not: to keep animals in their homes with the food and veterinary care they need. Whether due to homelessness, mental illness, natural disaster, or low income, STARelief works tirelessly to ensure that pets and their owners stay together. In order to make this happen, STARelief offers several programs, including Home For Life Grants, the Pet Food Pantry, Pets For Military Vets, End-of-Life Services, and Safe Place For Pets.
Home For Life Grants
For pet owners financially struggling to provide for their pets, for whatever reason, STARelief accepts applications for $100-$500 grants to help lighten the load. Expenses covered by these grants include:
- Emergency medical care;
- Emergency foster care;
- Spay and Neuter operations; and
Pet Food Pantry
In difficult financial times, it can be difficult to afford appropriate pet food. STARelief’s Pet Food Pantry was started to make sure no one has to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets. STARelief’s staff and volunteers process donations, in order to supply owners with pet food and more:
- Canned and dry dog and cat food;
- Cat litter;
- Flea and tick medicine;
- Pet store gift cards;
- Paper and cloth towels;
- Garbage bags; and
- Pet beds.
Pets For Military Vets
STARelief is committed to honoring military veterans by covering animal adoption fees. The Pets For Military Vets initiative will even reimburse veterans for worm and tick treatment costs for up to six months.
End of Life Services
Losing a beloved pet is hard enough without having to worry about the financial costs that are often involved. STARelief offers grants to help pet owners through these hard times.
Safe Place For Pets
In times of crisis, pet care can sometimes fall through the cracks. Whether because of an illness, homelessness, or domestic violence, STARelief provides free, temporary housing for pets until the owner is able to care for their pet once again.
Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Keeps Pets and Their Owners Together
At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about taking care of pets can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for STARelief. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support their mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?
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