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Our annual adopter’s picnic is Saturday, September 28th. We’d love to see you and your dog there! You can find the event on Facebook (here), or here’s more information:

It’s time for our annual adopter’s picnic and fundraiser! If you’ve adopted a dog from BrightStar, we’d love to have you bring them out for a visit!

Saturday September 28, 2019, noon – 4 pm
Black Creek Park, Woodside Lodge
3835 Union St, North Chili, NY 14514

We’ll start serving lunch at 12:30. Tickets are advance purchase only and all payments must be received by September 18, 2019.

Tickets include catering by Texas Bar-B-Q Joint: slow smoked pulled pork, chicken quarters, BBQ baked beans, potato salad, corn muffin, fresh fruit, and bottled water.

The Dinner for a Deputy option has double impact: this ticket provides the same delicious meal we’ll have at the picnic to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy, and a portion of the ticket sale benefits BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue. You can purchase this ticket even if you can’t make the event.

Tickets can be purchased (here)

If you’d like to pay by check, please print and enclose (this form)

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

If you’re interested in volunteering, or would like to donate raffle items, please contact Cheryl at cheryl@brightstargsd.org

Check our Facebook page or calendar for information on upcoming events.


Fosters needed

BrightStar is operated entirely with volunteer fosters. We have no central kennel, which is beneficial for the dogs, but this limits the number of dogs we can have to how many people open their homes.

To foster an animal is a great act of kindness. The animals hold a special place in your heart, and you make a world of difference in their lives.

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Please help us save lives by fostering a dog. BrightStar provides food, guidance, and veterinary care, if necessary, for foster dogs.

Contact Don at hamtarosachs@aol.com for more information, or fill out an application.

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Meet the dogs!

In general, we will be at the Spencerport Country Max at 4658 W Ridge Rd, Spencerport, 14559 on the first three Saturdays of the month from 12:30-3:00, as well as the 5th Saturday if there is one. Map

We will be at the Brockport Country Max at 4875 Route 19, Brockport, 14420, on the fourth Saturday of the month from 12:30-3:00. Map

If you would like to meet a dog, please contact their foster to make sure they will be attending. The above times may change, or events may be cancelled due to inclement weather, so please double check our Facebook page before heading out if you haven’t arranged a specific meeting. You’re welcome to stop in and talk with us if you’re considering adopting or fostering a dog, and we’re always happy when former BrightStar dogs stop in for a visit!


Help support BrightStar! By shopping with Amazon Smile and selecting BrightStar as your charity of choice, we’ll receive a donation of .5% of the purchase price of eligible products from Amazon! Sign up here.

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Adoption fee

Effective 2/2018, the regular adoption fees are:

  • Puppy, not yet spayed/neutered (generally under 6 months): $325
  • Adult: $375
  • Senior (generally 7+): $150

The adoption fee may vary for specific dogs and can be found in their description. All dogs are up to date on shots, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.


Owner surrenders

BrightStar charges $50 for all owner surrenders. If the dog has not been spayed/neutered, the fee is $100 to help pay for the surgery.