01/9/12  |  Stepping Out in Faith and Hope is a S.T.A.R.T.

The Examiner, January 9, 2012

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” –Dale Carnegie, American Author

This motto is one by which I feel Steve Spiro has lived his life.

Steve Spiro began his journey with rescuing dogs – primarily pit bulls – from high-kill shelters in Los Angeles County, California. He didn’t do this for money. In fact, rescuing animals is a very expensive venture, to which any animal rescuer would attest. There is simply no monetary return on such “investments.” Similarly, Spiro didn’t get into the rescue field for accolades. In the world of animal rescue, there is no time for such trivialities. Spiro’s mission was simply to save the lives of animals – a very daunting task, to say the least.

Spiro’s desire to save animals turned into a mission. He pitched a plan to two individuals – including Adam Tarshis of the Amber and Adam Tarshis Foundation. With the help of Adam Tarshis, the Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team, or S.T.A.R.T., a nonprofit organization, was created.*

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