What We Do
Social Tees Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R.) is a not-for-profit, strictly no-kill 501c3 organization in the East Village of NYC that takes abandoned animals from kill shelters and provides them with safe haven and veterinary care before placing them in proper forever homes. 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. takes special pride in its “Underdogs and Undercats” program, through which we find homes for many sick, injured, special needs, and senior animals.

Founded in 1991 by Robert Shapiro, 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.

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

Treasurer: Jeff Greisman
60 First Ave
New York, NY 10009

Director: Dimitra Molossi-Bennett
Off-Site Adoptions and Fostering Coordinator
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Director: Marisa Adler
Volunteer Operations and Events
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Director: Samantha Brody
Media and Development Manager; Events Manager
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