325 East 5th Street
NY, NY 10003
5pm – 7pm Monday to Friday
12pm – 4pm Saturday & Sunday
What We Do
S.T.A.R. rescues, rehabilitates, and places over 3000 dogs, cats, birds, and exotics per year. All dogs and cats for adoption are spayed/neutered, tested, vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead, de-mited, microchipped, and more. S.T.A.R. is especially known for its “Underdogs and Undercats” program, through which we find homes for many amputees and blind, elderly, and injured animals. S.T.A.R. also offers a range of free and low-cost veterinary services on-site to at-risk youth thanks to an affiliation with local veterinarians.
Founded in 1991 by Robert Shapiro, Social Tees Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R.) is a not-for-profit, strictly no-kill 501c3 organization that takes abandoned animals from the kill shelters and provides them with a safe haven and veterinary care until they are placed in proper homes.
S.T.A.R. is a long-standing member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals and a participating shelter under the City of New York’s Animal Care and Control New Hope Program, which places animals in local no-kill shelters. S.T.A.R. also maintains an on-going relationship with the ASPCA, the North Shore Animal League, and Petco.
S.T.A.R. relies heavily on benevolent donations from the public, 100 percent of which are used directly to save animals’ lives. Click HERE for more info!
S.T.A.R. is active online and via social media. The public can see current animals up for adoption and past success stories, for example, on Facebook, Petfinder, Adopt-A-Pet, Twitter, YouTube, and of course, on this website!
Staff and the Board of Directors
The founder and director, Robert Shapiro, works tirelessly with his Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers to keep the shelter running, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
President: Robert Shapiro
455 Hudson St #32
New York, NY 10014
Vice President: David Katz
147 W 79 St
New York, NY 10024
Treasurer: Jeff Greisman
60 First Ave
New York, NY 10009
Off-Site Adoptions and Fostering Coordinator; Events Director: Dimitra Molossi-Bennett
Director of Volunteer Operations; Events Manager: Marisa Adler
Media and Development Manager; Events Manager: Samantha Brody