STAR - St. Louis Avian Rescue

Used birds are best.

Valley Park, MO   |  www.staravian.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve and enrich the lives of parrots through rescue, rehabilitative fostering, adoption and education.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Jill Capps

Main address

109 FOREST PKWY APT E

Valley Park, MO 63088 USA

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Formerly known as

Perfectly Precious Rescue & Adoptions Inc

EIN

86-1111192

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Re-homing Operations

STAR accepts birds in many forms of distress: unwanted by their owners, found out of doors, or trapped in situations of neglect. Acute veterinary care from area vets with avian experience is provided for by the rescue. As well as baseline and long term care.

Each bird is placed with a foster and lives in their homes as a part of the family where the complex emotional and social needs of companion birds can be met on an individual basis. In additional to yearly check ups and veterinary care for existing health problems, fosters work to improve the adoptability of each bird. Addressing behavioral issues and providing training and socialization. STAR also strives to convert each of its birds to a stable, nutritious diet before adoption.

STAR is focused on finding only good homes for birds. The rescue never adopt birds on site, instead using an application and review process that includes reference checks and home visits. Direct interaction between the adopter and bird is required before an adoption can take place, to insure that a workable relationship is possible between owner and companion. In all ways possible, STAR endeavors to serve the needs of birds first.

Population(s) Served
Adults

STAR is an education and community outreach group. In addition to being involved in many local pet events and shows, STAR periodically offers classes on the proper care and respect for the avian companion. Striving to better inform the public about the responsibilities of bird ownership and to provide new owners with the skills they will need for a long and fruitful relationship with their companion parrot.

STAR provides parrot basic care classes to the public, free of charge, three time each year at our Meet the Birds events. We also speak at local schools and professional educational institutions about the realities of bird care and rescue. STAR also provides continuous support to the bird owning community by answering questions and offering training advice in person, over-the-phone, by email and via social media.

Population(s) Served
Adults

STAR has recently introduced a fundraising initiative. Early stages include minor fundraising operations in support of additional recruitment and training efforts in areas such as fundraising operation and grant writing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Re-homing Operations

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

There are many different ways that animals come to STAR. Once of the main ways is through owner surrender.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Re-homing Operations

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

By increasing adoption times, we are able to help more birds.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Re-homing Operations

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

STAR is currently the largest companion bird rescue organization in the Greater Saint Louis area, but our capacity is far short of what is needed by the community. In addition to continuing to offer the services we have provided over the last decade; we hope to increase our capacity in terms of the number of birds we can help and also the kinds of cases we can take on. This includes prudent financial expansion - with a long-term goal of acquiring a facility. Which will allow us to handle larger, more complicated rescue operations as well as make more efficient use of volunteer time and expertise.

We also aim to encourage the broader development of the companion bird community in St. Louis by supporting other groups that share our love for these wonderful animals, through expanded education and training programs and long-term support for all efforts within the community that emphasize human responsibility to elevate the treatment of companion animals.

In order to fully support our aspiration: good homes for all companion birds; STAR works on the following fronts:

Assisting distressed owners with scientifically valid and effective management and training techniques.

Providing rescue and adoption services for birds who loose their homes.

Educating the public regarding the unique needs of intelligent, social birds in the home environment.

Rehabilitative fostering to work with every bird that passes through our program has the best chance to thrive once adopted to a permanent home

STAR has a dedicated and experienced core of volunteers who have been working and living with companion birds for many years and have developed considerable expertise and understanding of the unique aspects of rescue operations concerning long-lived, non-domesticated, highly intelligent animals.

We have also developed a strong internal culture that places the needs of individual birds ahead of organizational milestones like number of adoptions or financial/organizational expediency.

STAR has also emphasized responsible financial planning with an emphasis on minimizing organizational expenses and maximizing services.

Moving forward STAR will need to bring in and develop business and organizational expertise, but our current core competencies and priorities will remain essential.

STAR has completed a number of internal reforms and updates which the board felt were necessary in preparation for continued growth. The final stages of these policy updates are being undertaken presently and we are now beginning to work on new projects and programs.

This includes research and development of a business plan which would allow a future facility to be self-supporting. These efforts, in turn, will inform planning in regard to fundraising and skill-seeking.

STAR will need to bring in significant fundraising expertise and experience over the next few years in support of these goals. Volunteer recruitment and development beyond our core work with animals is a significant challenge in our immediate future.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The greater parrot community. Rescue and take in surrendered companion parrots. Provide rehabilitative fostering and rehoming of companion parrots. Focus on education surrounding parrot care and ownership.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from both the public as well as our internal members, we realized the organization wasn't equipped to manage the rate at which we were growing. After much research, we restructured our entire organization to build a stronger organization. In addition to restructuring the leadership roles, we also filled these roles with exceptional candidates who were focused on not only improving the current processes that enable us to help rehome parrots in need, but also improving the volunteer experience within the rescue.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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STAR - St. Louis Avian Rescue

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Wagner

Kelly Coyle

Steve Wagner

Denise Shibe

Amanda Brantley

Haleigh Wagner

Jeanne Carmack

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability