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STAR - St. Louis Avian Rescue

Used birds are best.

Ballwin, MO   |  www.staravian.org

Mission

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

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you so much for reviewing our organization. We hope that you will consider us as your charity of choice. If you need more information, please reach us through our website or email us at [email protected]

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Jill Capps

Director of Operations

Ajia Sabella

Main address

PO Box 732

Ballwin, MO 63021 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

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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?

Rescue/Rehabilitative Fostering

Intake: Loss of home, death, allergies and incompatibility with family members are some of the most common reasons why birds are surrendered. STAR partners with other rescues and animal control agencies to provide support and accept transfers of parrots as able.
Rehabilitative Fostering: One of the most important things we do is to provide "rehabilitative fostering". Birds are not placed into a facility. They are placed into a home where they become part of a family. Fosters work with each bird on their specific needs to prepare them for adoption. It's important that we keep the bird to human ratio small so that each bird gets the attention they deserve. Sure, we could place 10 birds in a foster home but we don't. The quality of care matters.
While in foster care, STAR ensures all birds are provided excellent veterinarian care, are safely transitioned to a healthy diet (when necessary) and provided safe and enriching environment while preparing them for their future adoptive home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

STAR’s end goal is to place all birds that enter our program into permanent adoptive homes where each bird may thrive. We never adopt birds on site, instead using a thorough application and review process that includes an online adoption application, telephone and/or e-mail interviews, vet & (when applicable) landlord checks, and a home visit before a meet & greet with a potential adopter is scheduled. The number of required meetings varies depending on the species and temperament of the bird. Birds, just like people, are individuals and their personalities, traits, and behaviors are taken into consideration when choosing a home for them. Once a bird has been chosen to be a god fit, before the adoption is finalized, STAR verifies that a proper cage has been obtained, and that it is set up appropriately. We believe this thorough and structured process contributes to the success of the adoption, and ultimately, the happiness of the bird.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education is the heart of this program - without education more birds will continue to be relinquished. Bringing parrots into our homes is a serious and significant decision. Parrots live a long time, and they are not always easy. We strive to consistently expand our educational program in order to reach as many people as possible, and help parrots keep happy, healthy homes.
As such, we provide free parrot care classes throughout the year, and speak at local schools about the realities of bird care and rescue. We also attend community events in order to raise awareness surrounding proper parrot care, the need for parrot rescue and the services we offer.
Through the use of educational social media posts, educational resources on our website…etc., STAR is able to expand our reach outside of the St Louis area. We are also working to develop additional post-adoption resources for our adopters (and accessible by the general public).

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

Rescue/Rehabilitative Fostering

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Lower in 2023 due to 37many needing long-term advanced medical care.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue/Rehabilitative Fostering

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2022 & 2023 saw a higher # of animals needing advanced long-term medical care, increasing the avg time in rescue.

Number of animal adoptions

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

Adults

Related Program

Rescue/Rehabilitative Fostering

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 - STAR saw a drastic increase in the number of birds requiring advanced medical care, reducing the number of birds adopted out.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

As the only 501©3 parrot rescue in the Greater St Louis area, we have quickly realized that our capacity is far short of what is needed by the community. In addition to continue to offer the services that we have provided over the last decade, our goal is to increase our capacity in terms of the number of birds we can help and also the kinds of cases we are able to take on.
We also aim to consistently expand our educational program in order to reach as many people as possible, and help parrots keep happy, healthy homes.

Through expanding our foster program, we will be able to continue to increase our capacity. Sure, we could place 10 birds in a foster home, but we don't. The quality of care is what matters. By increasing the number of foster families, we will be able to help more birds and decrease the amount of time a bird waits to enter our program.
Through the development of additional educational resources and programs, as well as recruiting volunteers to deliver educational programs, we will be able to continually expand this area, and continually grow our audience.

STAR has a dedicated and experienced core of volunteers and a culture that places the needs of the birds over all else. Our leadership team is able to self-reflect and recognize the areas where additional expertise is required, and strives to adapt as needed to ensure the continued growth of our core programs.

STAR has grown exponentially over the last two years. Through internal reforms, the development of new educational programs and a realistic review of where our opportunities lie, we have made many changes in order to prepare for the future. A focus on thoughtful but fast action has allowed much of this growth. Going forward, we must continue to recruit active and engaged volunteers to assist in STAR’s continued expansion.

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.
  • 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

  • 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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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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STAR - St. Louis Avian Rescue

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Haleigh Wagner

Denise Shibe

Haleigh Wagner

Jeffrey Williams

Pamela Walsh

Carly Carmosino

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • 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 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability