About Us

The Starlight Trust is an animal welfare and rescue organisation based in Surrey

Mission Statement


Mission statement

Driven by a belief that all animals deserve respect and to live in peace and comfort, we will promote the welfare of wild and domestic animals by the operation of a rescue and sanctuary, by educating the public on the work of wildlife rescues and how to help wildlife, and by educating the public on the work of small pet rescues and small pet husbandry and welfare.

You can view our 2021 goals and objectives here

What We Do

What We Do

2016-04-25owen&derekThe trust operates a rescue and sanctuary for small pets and feral pigeons from founders Sarah and Dave Argrave’s home and a small number of foster homes. In general, there are around 70 animals in our care at any one time. We tend to focus on animals which are vulnerable, in neglect situations, or which have been refused help elsewhere, and on quality over quantity.

The trust also Helpwildlife.co.uk. This site was set up in 2005 and offers advice on what to do when finding a sick, injured or apparently orphaned wild bird or animal, who to turn to for help and how to resolve conflicts with ‘pest’ species holistically and humanely. Read more here

You can read more about what we’ve achieved in our Annual Reports.

Our Values

Our Values


The work of the trust is driven by strong ethics and beliefs as set out below

We will keep supporters informed about our work honestly and openly and we will listen to feedback and concerns and answer questions.

We will be driven by the belief that all animals (including human ones) are equal, regardless of their outer shell. All our animals receive equal care regardless of species, age, health or behaviour, and all people we interact with will be treated equally regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexuality or disability. Our motto is the words of Confucius – “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

The welfare of our animals will always be forefront. All animals in our care are given names and treated as individuals. We keep careful records on their care so we can monitor their health and progress. We get to know each animal individually in order to find them the best possible home. Decisions about their treatment and future will always be taken with their individual welfare in mind. No animal will ever be euthanased to make room or save money or for any reason other than, on vet’s advice, to relieve the suffering of an animal without hope of improvement in its health or quality of life.

It’s not just ‘our’ animals that are important, it’s all animals. We will work, wherever possible, to minimise the impact our work has on other animals. We will do this by feeding vegetarian and vegan diets where appropriate, using products which have not been tested on animals and do not contain animal derived ingredients wherever possible, sourcing all products and resources as ethically as possible, and by not using animal by-products to raise funds.

We firmly believe that it best serves the interest of animals if organisations work together. We will aim to work with groups with similar aims wherever possible and appropriate and we will never engage in rescue ‘politics’ or witch hunts.

We carefully vet home offers and only entrust our animals to dedicated, exceptional quality homes. Adopters must sign an adoption contract and keep in touch throughout the life of the animal to keep us updated on their welfare. We retain responsibility for the animals and we will always take them back if they can no longer be cared for.

In our interactions with people, we will always be respectful, understanding and responsible. Situations are rarely black and white and we will not engage in public criticisms of those who surrender animals to us, for example. Those who interact with us will be given the option to receive further communications about our work which are limited to no more than quarterly. We will NEVER spam supporters with begging letters/emails.

We can only continue our work with the support of those who share our passion for helping the most underappreciated animals. 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 have no paid staff which means all contributions received are spent on our core aims. We will publish details of how donations are spent on an annual basis and will willingly respond to questions and feedback.

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