The Starlight Trust was founded in March 2008 by husband and wife Dave and Sarah Argrave. Both are lifelong animal lovers and Sarah has been involved in animal rescue work since 1993, caring for both wild and domestic animals.
Dave and Sarah run the charity from their home on the South London/Surrey borders on a voluntary basis assisted by a small team of volunteers. We have no paid staff which means all contributions received are spent on our core aims. The trust relies entirely on public donations and is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC for tax purposes. This means we are able to claim gift aid on donations. We are not registered with the Charity Commission as our income falls below the minimum amount required to register, though we’re hoping to register soon.
Our work falls broadly into three categories: – a small rescue for pet rodents and feral pigeons, wildlife advice, and supporting other rescues. All of our work is driven by the passionate belief that ALL animals, regardless of size, species, conservation status or legal status, deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. A pet hamster is owed the same degree of care as the family dog and a town pigeon is owed the same degree of respect and understanding as an endangered Osprey. Life is life and it is not the place of humans to judge which is more worthy and to mistreat animals based on outdated prejudices. The Starlight Trust exists to promote the fair treatment of species which often suffer because of these prejudices. Our motto is the words of Confucius – “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
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