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Please note, we are not accepting donations at this time.

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could only do a little"! Edmund Burke

Dear friends and supporters of Morning Starr Animal Sanctuary,

For 19+ years, Morning Starr has been a labor of love, sweat and tears. It has been a culmination of people and community helping each other. Morning Starr has saved hundreds of animals of all kinds, most specifically those with special needs. Through our commitment and ongoing efforts we have continued the spay/neuter assistance program. This has made a substantial difference for pet owners in the Verde Valley and Sedona area. The task at hand is challenging to say the least but we are committed to keep the pet population down. In order to achieve our goal, Morning Starr needs communities to assist with donations. Please keep us in mind when you are planning your tax deductible donations at the end of this year.

It is with the assistance of our communities and generous donations that we can strive to achieve our goals. Morning Starr has two funds at this time that need your support. Our spay/neuter and Act of Kindness (which assists with funding in emergency situations for dogs and cats). This year alone we have assisted with funds for over 60 dogs and cats in emergency situations, many of them were life and death. We have assisted with over 114 spays and neuters of dogs and cats. This has resulted in the prevention of many unwanted litters. Litters that would have otherwise crowded our shelters, or even worse, been euthanized.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of the animals of the Verde Valley and Sedona areas. With your help we can make an impact on our community pet population. No donation is too small.

With Gratitude,
Fran C. Freedman, President and Cofounder

Sheltered Fate
By Rikki Weiss

I pray the Lord this soul to keep
As I put this angel to sleep
I know he’s not the one to blame
For is fate right now, to him that came
It’s not his fault that no one cared
As he walked the streets, cold and scared
Scrounging for shelter and food to eat
Who knew what fate this angel would meet
Brought to the shelter afraid and confused
Not knowing if he would again be abused
Hidden in the cage with fear in his eyes
“They don’t want to hurt me” he slowly realized
Out of his shell he slowly came
He romped and played and fun times
When he was taken out, into the sunshine
He played with families of all ages
Before taking that walk past all those cages
As we entered the room we both knew
Only one of us will leave when it was through
I held him close and apologized
As he looked at me with forgiveness in his eyes
In his heart he knows I tried
To find him the home he had been denied
I scratched his head and kissed his nose
I held him with love as he was given his dose
As he lay down for his eternal sleep
I knew again in heaven one day we would meet
Life at a shelter can sometimes be tough
When time is valued and there just isn’t enough
We look at the faces of those who remain
Beginning the game of chance all over again
We then open our hearts to another one
Knowing it’s not easy “Saving one until there are none”





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