Adoption Event, 1/25/15



We held our first adoption event of the season on Sunday, January 25, at Creature Comforts.  We had seven kitties to show off and hopefully find new families for.  We had some great volunteers come out and donate their time: Wendy, Cathy, Tonya. Sarah and Lani dropped by to say hello. Milo, who found his new family at our last adoption event, came in on the leash with them to show off his skills.

We had lots of people come through to say hello and donate to us. We were able to do some education work, and I was amazed at the amount of questions people asked, not only about our kitties but about theirs. Our volunteers are very knowledgeable and were able to help answer all of them. Wendy is the master at walking a cat on a leash. She had Poppy on one and was able to show her off to the crowds. Poppy was so content that we kept her outside the cage on the table with the leash on.


Jennifer and April from Jimmy J’s Avian Rescue came in to say hello. They brought Oliver, the moluccan cockatoo which is always fun.  They have been such great supporters of our events and we appreciate their support. Rescues working with rescues.

While we didn’t send any kitties home that day, it was still a success. We did lots of outreach and education.  Meet and greets are very important in our work.  We are planning on doing more events there on Sundays.  As soon as we know when, we will be sure to let you know.  Thank you Creature Comforts for all your support. We can’t wait to be back there very soon.

Molly and Oliver

Molly and Oliver are looking for a forever home.


Molly and Oliver

Molly and Oliver

Molly and Oliver










They are approximately five years old, and have been together since they were kits. They will come with a two story Critter Nation cage, with litter pans, dishes, food, bedding and toys. Both are very social and playful, and enjoy walking outside on harness. Excellent ferrets for beginners or for experienced ferret owners. Both are used to meeting new ferrets within their foster home and are not aggressive in that regard.













If you are interested in adopting Molly and Oliver, or would like more information, please email

Adoptable Kitten Introductions



Ash: He is a feisty, energetic, love bug.  If you’re looking for a kitty that will keep you on your toes, but still snuggle with you at night, he’s the one you want.
I say he’s adventurous, which is just a nice way of saying troublemaker.  He is very attached to his sister Poppy, they love to play and nap together.  He likes to snuggle at night, but is usually too busy with his adventures to snuggle during the day.

Poppy:  She is rather curious and very independent. She will investigate everything, and loves to go on adventures with her brother Ash. She loves being the only girl, and kicks her brothers butt on a regular bases.  Her and Ash are extremely attached to one another, they nap together all the time.

Aspen: He is a rather classy, regal gentleman.  He loves to spend time by himself, or snuggling in your lap.  He gives kitty kisses and loves taking naps with you.

The adoption fee for each is $65. Please fill out the form in the previous kitten post or contact if interested. 






Poppy and Ash

Poppy and Ash










STAR currently has seven young cats/older kittens in foster homes. Cats that would love to find a home for the holidays.









Our foster families have done an amazing job of raising some social young cats. If you are interested in meeting any of them, please fill out the following form and we will get in touch with you!


Working with WSKG

Five brave STAR members ventured out before the sun was up to volunteer their time with WSKG Binghamton this morning. Their mission- working as volunteers taking calls during the station’s pledge drive.


The phones rang enough to keep volunteers busy, even early on a stormy day, and WSKG staff were very helpful and friendly. All STAR volunteers were an incredible help in taking calls. Treasurer Eithne was ended the morning by being interviewed by the station’s Greg Keeler.

STAR has been asked to assist with the station’s next event, in February, so it was all together a job well done. It was excellent to get out to assist an important part of the community, and we look forward to doing so again!


The Dicks Sporting Goods Open

Since STAR was just a crazy thought a handful of us had and we started on the grand scheme of incorporating and pursuing our 501c3, Dicks Sporting Goods and BC Community Charities has been a huge supporter of our work- both financially and mentally. The folks at Dicks Sporting Goods has always had our backs, believing we could do great things, and it kept up rolling through paperwork, downtime, uptime, and everything that comes with rescue work. Every year since we formed, we have worked with Dicks Sporting Goods, volunteering during the Dicks Sporting Goods Open. It has been a fantastic, fast-paced riot of a time. An excellent way to connect with a huge part of the community and people we honestly would not see if we stuck to more rescue- traditional venues. A wonderful opportunity to volunteer our time with BC Community Charities through the Open and give to the community that has been so supportive of us.

The folks at Dicks Sporting Goods are an amazing group of people and we are proud to be a part of the madness each year. We could not be who and what we are without their support and this opportunity to participate with BC Community Charities through the Dicks Sporting Goods Open.



DSGO 2013



My Challenge:

Once again we will be back at the Dicks Sporting Good Open (August 11-17) doing our part to give back to the community This is a wonderful opportunity to work with amazing people, have fun and enjoy all this area has to offer. I know the volunteers are very excited to be running the merchandise store for them.

Several other volunteers will be marshaling holes on various days. I have issued a challenge to my hard working volunteers. I have dared them to sell out the store. Can they do it? They can with your help. Remember all the money goes to BC Community Charities which since its inception has raised over $11 million!

Now it’s my turn to challenge all of you. Are you up for it? I challenge all of you to come out and enjoy this great event. With your support, we can make our goal of having a sold out store by Sunday.

I challenge you to do the Wendy’s Walk for Kids on Sunday August 17.

I challenge you to volunteer for this great event- they are still looking for volunteers

I dare you to laugh, have fun, meet old friends, new friends and enjoy the week.

Are you up for the challenge? I think you are.


Us vs. Them

Who adopts out more animals? Who has the bigger and better fundraisers? Who has more volunteers?  Who gets the best animals?  Who has more money?

These are not questions that should be asked when working in animal rescue.  It’s not us versus them.   It is not Southern Tier Animal Rescue vs. The Humane Society, or Little Mews.  A big part of our mission is to work with other rescues- not against them.  We need to support each other because we are all working towards the same goal: finding displaced animals their forever homes and building happy, healthy families.


Cindy with Oliver

STAR has worked with Little Mews Rescue in Oxford to help hand raise some kittens who were abandoned by their mother.  Almost 1 year later they are thriving in their new homes.   Summer saw us support the Humane Society by going to their Duck Derby that was a big success.   This past September I had the joy of donating my time with Jimmy J’s Avian Rescue and visiting a nursing home.  It was great fun and I learned a lot about the birds.  (Plus I got my Oliver fix …who could resist that handsome boy?)

Earlier this year,  I was contacted by Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue located in Amherst, NY.  A local woman was interested in adopting a yorkie from them.  Since it was too far for Heart of Niagara to come down and do a home visit they contacted us asking if we would be willing to do so.  Wendy and I jumped at the chance.  We did the home visit and reported back to them that she would make an excellent adopter.  It was not our rescue, or our animals, but we were happy to assist in the process that could help an animal in need find a home.

Food donation from STAR to Jimmy J’s Avian Rescue Center

Rescues supporting rescues.  Learning from each other, helping each other, swapping stories (from the ridiculous to the vital) and keeping the mission alive is what is important.   Reaching out to all members of the rescue community to continue the goal of helping  animals till they all have a home.   -Cindy

STAR Volunteer Cat with a Jimmy J bird, helping at an event


Michael Barrett,  VP of Grants Management for the ASPCA wrote:

“The bond between pets and humans goes way beyond the simple obligation and affection.  Very often,  things that affect one invariably and profoundly affect the other.”

This is true for fostering.  There are so many reasons why you should foster, and to offer a bit of perspective I asked friends three reasons why they foster.

Christy from Missouri wrote:

“My number one reason would be to save their lives.  Normally the ones I foster are from high kill shelters.  Second, I get to find the perfect forever home that I believe is the best fit.  Third, I can choose to foster a big dog, little dog, a puppy, a senior dog, long term or short term- it’s flexible.”

Wendy one our seasoned fosters and cat wranglers says:

“First, It’s fun. When fostering kittens, you will laugh out loud at least once a day, guaranteed. Second, it’s heartwarming. Watching a cat you have fostered go to its forever home is priceless. Third, it’s rewarding. You are making a genuine difference in another life. How often in your day-to-day routine do you get to do that? With fostering, you are doing it every day (I could keep going on…)

From Katelyn, part of one of the great families that work with us, chimes in with these wise words:

“My name is Katelyn and I am 10 years old. I think that fostering is great! You get to spend time with cats you like.  If you’re looking for a cat that fits you, it’s good to “try out” cats for a few weeks. Then you might be able to adopt a cat more easily. Also, I think that it’s a good idea for the cats too. Cats at adoption centers can get depressed.  When they go to a new environment with new toys and people, it can make them feel better. My family has fostered cats a few times, and even though it is hard to bring them to be adopted and not have them in our house anymore, it makes me feel good to know that I helped each cat get used to people so it can find a forever home.”  Fostering is a family affair.

The bottom line is that fostering buys an animal time.  Wherever an animal comes from (high kill shelter, abandoned on the streets, or surrendered) fostering gives that cat, dog, ferret or any other animal a new chance at life.  If an animal has graced your life won’t you pay it forward by fostering for us?  We are in desperate need of fosters.  The more fosters we have the more lives we can save.   If interested please let us know.  It’s a rewarding experience you will never forget.




Even the Slithery Ones Get Adopted!

Usually it is the cute and fuzzy that find homes first. But this time the snakes got their happy ending. Persephone and Thanatos (renamed Penelope and Calliope) are being enthusiastically spoiled by their new companions, two very pleased young girls.



First they came over to get comfortable with handling two adult-sized ball            pythons. It was love at first sight and they were hooked. I am told they are fascinated with the feel of how the muscles work as the snakes move.


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And now…well, the snakes pretty much get carried about everywhere. Not a bad gig if you can get it!

I am, honestly, ecstatic to find young girls as excited about reptiles as I am, and for them to have such supportive parents. I continue to wander over regularly to teach them the finer points of snake feeding and to answer questions along the lines of “tank too cold?”- a fun learning experience for everyone.

Even if the snake cage does take up the better part of one girl’s bedroom.