Volunteer Picnic

Sunday, July 5th, from 3-7:00 p.m. STAR Ranch is saying “Thank You” to its volunteers, horse sponsors and horse fosters with a picnic at the ranch. Anyone who has volunteered at the ranch is invited to join in the celebration.

Please RSVP to karen.starranch@gmail.com if you and a guest plan to attend the picnic. Bring a side dish if you are able. Meat, drinks, dessert and chips are supplied by STAR Ranch. Music and fun are free!

“No one is paid to work here,” said Karen Owens, President. “The STAR volunteers, the horse fosters who keep STAR horses at their farm and the horse sponsors who support their favorite horse with a monthly check are the ones we celebrate this day.”

STAR Ranch ended its 8th fiscal year on June 30th 2015. Founded in 2006 and incorporated in 2007, the ranch has grown to include service not only to Haywood County, but also to the counties west of Haywood to the Tennessee border who have no animal control and other counties who need help with their horses as well.

To date, 81 horses have come through the gates for refuge at STAR Ranch, not counting the horses who are helped in the field. Thirty Five horses have been adopted to good homes including several to service organizations who use horses for therapy in their programs to help humans with addictions, troubled teens, special needs youth and youth at risk. Twelve horses currently reside at the ranch with another 11 in foster farms.

STAR Ranch was one of five national ASPCA grant recipients in 2014 in the ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest. Horse foundations provide limited grants for horse rescues and STAR was proud to be in this select few. “Grants and donations are the life blood of the STAR corporation,” said Shirley Kelley, Secretary. “Raising money through fundraisers allows our local community to chip in and help the horses, too, such as our big yard sale June 6th and the upcoming poker run September 19th.”

July 5th is set aside this year to honor those who work behind the scenes to help the horses – feeding, mucking, cleaning, brushing and loving them.