Our Missions

Mission One

We work to help keep animals out of shelters. STARS believes in rescuing the abused, homeless & unwanted animals.

Mission Two

Once STARS No Kill Rescue takes in a rescue, they will be seen by our vet and given a health check, including vaccinations. They will be fixed and microchipped  when of age.

Mission Three

Stars No Kill Rescue then works hard to find the correct Fur-Ever Home for all our rescues.

Meet The Team

  The STARS team is made up of many helping hands, however none of this would be possible without our dedicated board members.  

Michelle Hoppe Brock

Founder and President

Michelle is the fearless leader of the STARS family. She takes on all challenges head on, and doesn't hesitate to step in when she sees an animal in need. STARS was started to fulfill her dream of helping every animal find a safe, loving fur-ever home. She puts every ounce of her heart and soul into the rescue. You can always catch her posting about her latest rescue effort on Facebook, whether it be saving a dog from the dump, of helping a lost cow get back into the pasture. She has a huge heart that is willing to bring any lost animal into it, and give that animal all the love it deserves.

Lori Jefferey Railsback

Vice President

Volunteer Coordinator

Cat Adoption Coordinator

Lori is a pillar in the STARS family. She is Michelle's right hand woman, and is ready to drop everything and help at a moment's notice. Her priority is always to ensure all animals who enter the rescue receive the care and attention they deserve.

  "I do what I do because I adore and love all animals"  

Shelli Wellman

 Shelli has been STARs for years. She started by adopting the sweet puppy in the photo and quickly moved into being a volunteer. Shelli is in charge of our home checks and references. She is always on call for emergency rescue missions. She is a foster and also helps with the adoption events each weekend. She is a fundraiser queen! Without her footwork STARs would surely be lost! 

"I work in rescue because if I didn't, who would advocate for the animals?"

Jen Schillingford


  Jen has been a saving grace for the STARS family. She bought the Piedmont location for the sole purpose of providing a safe place for the rescued animals to stay while they wait for their fur-ever home. She has a busy schedule, working full time as a CT and MRI technologist, but she makes time for the rescue whenever she can.  She's know Michele and admired what she does for 11 years, as Jen adopted her first special needs dog from Michelle. She never had children because she wanted to be involved with rescuing animals. It’s her true passion! She hates when people say, "You can’t save them all". Her response is, "At least I can try. Doing nothing doesn’t help."  

Eric Brock


Eric is the financial wizard that keeps this train on track. He ensures that funds are allocated appropriately, and that we are budgeted to stay afloat. He is also the ever supportive husband of Michelle, so he provides help by keeping her motivated and hopeful as well. He is a vital part of this mission.

He's pictured here with Cowboy, his and Michelle's faithful companion.