Saving the Animals of Rowan (STAR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization
Mailing address: STAR, PO Box 454, Morehead, KY 40351

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Rescue Transport Options:
We can transport to the Cincinnati OH, Lexington KY, or Indianapolis IN areas any time. We schedule transports northeast through West Virginia to Maryland and Pennsylvania meeting in Hagerstown, MD and/or Mechanicsburg, PA. Please contact us to schedule.
We can meet Pilots N Paws flights out of Morehead KY or Huntington WV.
Rescues can also use your own transport coordinator or transport organization with the run starting in Morehead KY 40351.

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Animals Needing Sponsorship
Angie - Please Sponsor Me! Roscoe - Please Sponsor Me! Sadie - Please Sponsor Me!
Fundraisers and Upcoming Events


Sponsor info
Wish List

Link to low income spay/neuter application

Lost a pet?

Petfinder iPhone app

Found an injured wild animal?
Try contacting a Wildlife Rehabilitator.

Information on Animal Hoarding. If you think someone's a hoarder, please be a voice for the victims! Tell someone. Get them help.

Who We Are STAR, Saving the Animals of Rowan is a 501c3 organization committed to improving the conditions for the abandoned dogs of Rowan County, KY. Our few members work to find safe and loving homes or rescues for dogs in need.

If you need to rehome your dog, please take it to the Tri-County Animal Shelter and we can assess it from there.
We can not help these dogs without your support. Please consider making a donation to help STAR help the dogs of Rowan County. No PayPal account? Read the box to the right.
Dogs Needing Sponsorships
Sponsoring a dog can help increase it's chance at getting selected by rescue. Average cost to fully sponosor/fully vet/health cert a dog is $120. To sponsor, please click the Donate button above, enter the amount you can donate, and in the comments put the dog's name that you would like to sponsor. For example: Sponsor money for Freedom.

NEW: Click the Subscribe button to set up an automatic monthly donation to STAR!
Choose monthly support level:
Want to donate with a credit/debit card but don't have PayPal?
Here's how:
Click the yellow Donate button
That'll take you to the PayPal donate page.
Then look for this the left side:
Don't have a PayPal account?
Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Continue
Click the Continue link to get to a screen where you can enter your credit card info.
Donating Stock STAR now has a brokerage account with LPL Financial and can accept gifts of stock. Our local manager is Jimmy Lewis, AAMS, CFEd with Wealth Management and Retirement Planning, Inc. If you would like to donate stock to us, please contact our treasurer Karen Slone at for more information.
Payroll Deductions MSU employees (and possibly other companies?) can do automatic deposits to donate to STAR on a regular basis: For MSU employees, you'll need our account information to put on the paperwork to get this set up. Please contact our treasurer Karen Slone at for more information. Please include your phone number and she will call you back. Once you have our information, then you must complete and sign auto deposit authorization in the MSU payroll office. Donations will automatically be deposited into the STAR account.

Employees at other companies, please check with your payroll department to see if this is an option at your company.
Adopting a Friend Adopting a dog is a commitment. Dogs need fresh food, water, a safe environment, and you. No dog should ever be chained, forced to live outdoors 24/7, nor should it be expected to "know the rules" without any training from you. As responsible pet owners we must help our new four-legged friend understand what good manners include. Before adopting a puppy or dog make sure that all family members are in agreement and will contribute to the care and training of your new family member. STAR adoptions are subject to approval via references and home visits. There is an adoption fee associated with each adoption. The amount of the adoption fee can vary depending on the situation for each animal. The standard adoption fee is $200. The fee includes Spaying or Neutering of your pet, Heartworm Testing, Fecal Testing, Deworming, Rabies Vaccine, and DHPP Vaccine. Any additional vetting requests may be extra and any special medical needs may increase the cost of the fee. If you have any questions about an animal, you can email us at Click Here to fill out an application online OR Click Here to download the application. .
Image courtesy of Animals Say It Best:
Lost a Pet? If you've lost a dog, please call the pound at 606-784-4930 to let them know. You can also join our Facebook group and post photos of lost dogs or cats to our online community and ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for your missing pet. We have found that networking on Facebook seems to work better for getting the word out than courtesy listing the missing pets on our site. You can also post missing pet flyers around your neighborhood, at the vet's, even give them to the post office and ask them to hand them out to the mail carriers. Ask the pound to post them too. On the flyer, include a photo of your pet, the date your pet went missing, town & intersection where the pet was last sighted, and your phone number.
Come Visit Us STAR does not have a shelter. Our dogs are in foster homes and boarding. All meetings are by appointment after an adoption application has been submitted and screened/approved. Responsible pet owners are welcome. Please do not condemn your dog to a life on a chain. Chaining a dog 24/7 is cruel.

More ways you can help to support STAR!
Wish List

Contact us to donate supplies.
STAR's Amazon wish list.
VERY URGENT! Brand Name Dog Foods (like Purina One, Eagle Pack, Eukanuba, etc.)
URGENT! Ranvet Allwormer
URGENT! Marquis Paste
URGENT! Frontline Spray
URGENT! Flea/tick meds
Eagle Pack Holistic Solution, excellent product to fix little tummies
A scale like this one for weighing dogs
Pens and tarp covers...we have a Lowes locally that carries them
Gas cards for our transporters
Nylabones/Kongs/easily sanitized toys
Dewormers including Praziquantel for tapeworm
Jiffy Tags ID tags for transport
Leashes & collars (especially strong small and medium sizes)
Cleaning supplies/trash bags/latex gloves/etc.
Transport Crates
Puppy pads
Puppy vaccinations
Adult vaccinations
Dog houses
Tractor Supply gift cards
WalMart gift cards
Amazon Smile
STAR is on Amazon Smile.
Go to
Search for
Saving the Animals of Rowan
When you purchase, 5% of the proceeds go to STAR!
When you're logged into Amazon via this link, it should say this at the top of the screen:
Supporting: Star Saving the Animals of Rowan Inc.
STAR is on GoodSearch. Every time you search, our group earns money!

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Lost Pet USA & Bissell
Saving the Animals of Rowan is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you buy selected pet products on, Bissell will donate 10% of your purchase to STAR. You save 10% and receive free shipping. And, each purchase helps us qualify for a semi-annual $5,000 giveaway. Now that's a deal for all of us! Use the code ADOPT and select SAVING THE ANIMALS OF ROWAN at the BISSELL checkout to receive the discount. Visit to view available products.

Kuranda Dog Beds
Looking for a meaningful and lasting gift for a Pet Lover? The Rowan Pound dogs need new beds. Donate a Kuranda dog bed to one of our pound dogs in the name of a friend or family member. A personalized Gift Card will be mailed to them to inform them of the wonderful gift you have selected for them. Donate Now
Donate a Bed

We use Patented Kuranda Dog Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean. If you would like to donate a bed to us, click here.

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