Victoria Burrows has been in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years. Victoria is at once awe inspiring in the way she refers to Hollywood A-list directors by first name and down to Earth as she casually consults IMbD to recall the extensive list of movies and television shows she cast. Victoria’s huge casting successes include Flight with Denzel Washington, Contact with Jodie Foster, Cast Away with Tom Hanks, and Lord of the Rings to name only a few. To this casting director, who makes her living from the world of make believe, there is no greater success or role more real or dear to her heart than her role as director of Star Paws Rescue.
Victoria began her passionate pursuit of rescuing and fostering dogs in 2005 when on hiatus from casting for several months. Victoria found that having grown used to working 12-hour days, she was bored after only a few weeks of not working. She began observing and volunteering with her friends in pet rescue and was quickly compelled to found Star Paws Rescue.
Raised in Pacific Palisades and familiar with the area and its surroundings, Victoria established Star Paws Rescue there. However, Victoria was unprepared for the volume of animals abandoned in the area specifically because of its perceived affluence. Weekly people drive to the area from surrounding communities to abandon their pets where they think there are people who will be willing and able to care for them better than their struggling owners can. Sadly, many pet owners will go to extremes to get rid of their pets that are sick, injured or unwanted. A local dog park has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets. These dogs are left to fend for themselves without food, water or shelter and defenseless against the coyotes known to reside in the area. Star Paws Rescue fosters and places many of these dogs.
I’ve been involved in dog rescue for a decade now. WOW, where has the time gone, wait, I know, it’s gone to the dogs. I’ve been a volunteer for Starpaw Rescue for 8 years. In the old days, my Sunday mornings would consist of Sunday brunches, with Mimosa’s and Eggs Benedict, inhaling that wonderful ocean breeze. They now consist of water bowls, dog treats and lots of wagging tails, YEP is called dog adoptions. But I still get that ocean breeze, and, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. And, I’m now a lot skinner. I’ve met some great people along the way, and any acting jobs I was lucky enough to book all came from dog rescue connections. How’s that for good Karma.
I spent all my life in Madison WI until I moved to LA in 1999. Living in Venice allows me to live by the water and walk to work. I am freelance show and event producer who has worked on everything from farm videos to movies. My husband and I adopted our first LA dog from the pound and we just couldn’t stop. Before you knew we had 3 dogs of our own and have fostered another 41. Nothing beats springing a dog from the pound and helping him find his forever family!
Southern California Native, born and raised in the (805), Actor, Entrepreneur & Animal Advocate. Simply put, I love Animals. Having worked with Victoria and Star Paws Rescue for the past several years has been a treasure in my life, and given me the opportunity to help those furry loyal friends without a voice find peace and purpose. I’ve made life long friends working with Star Paws, both two legged and four. Some I will never see again, but will know that we helped find a place they deserve, a loving respectful place, they can call home. I just worry that Victoria may want to cast me as dog in one of her movies one day. I’ve been told by many a Director to “Sit”, “Stay”, “Roll Over & play Dead”, so I think I’m adequately prepared for the task. But I am still uncertain with the whole Fire Hydrant thing. I work for Treats too.
Born in Lexington, Kentucky. Having been a photographer in the U.S. Army, an actor on stage, a drummer in bands, a painter, writer and more, I’ve seen and experienced my share of the world. No matter where I’ve been in the world, I’ve always found that dogs are the same loving, devoted, wondrous animals that us humans can learn from. Having been a “black sheep” of my family growing up, I had a kinship with other “black sheep” dogs in my neighborhood. Even though they didn’t know me at first, they acted like I was their best friend. Quite comforting for a boy like me and their affectionate, trusting, loving personalities were ones I adopted into who I became. It’s a wonderful time meeting up every Sunday with Star Paws Rescue in Pacific Palisades. A big, affectionate, trusting, loving family of humans and dogs all with the same goal…to find an affectionate, trusting, loving home, not for us humans, but for the wonderful puppies and dogs.
My name is Annie and I am 14 years old. When I was in sixth grade my mom told me that she was working with a woman who started an organization that rescues dogs and was wondering if I wanted to volunteer. At first I thought that it might be fun to work with puppies, especially because I didn’t have one of my own, but it turned into so much more than that. After coming to star paws for three years I finally convinced my parents to let me adopt my dog teddy. Star paws is such a rewarding and amazing experience and I am going to continue volunteering as long as I can.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am a student at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. As a kid, I always loved animals. They were a huge part of my life, and finding Star Paws was a stroke of luck. The experience has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. The people and dogs are fantastic and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Star Paws is paw-sitively amazing!
I’ve loved dogs ever since I was a little kid. I had tried volunteering with a few other rescues, but I couldn’t find the right fit for me. In 2011, my friend Annie told me about Star Paws, and I have been with them ever since. I absolutely love working with the dogs, and there is nothing better than seeing a dog go into a loving forever home. Star Paws Rescue has given so many dogs a second chance at a good life. It feels wonderful to be a part of this group of amazing people doing amazing things. Star Paws has become a huge part of who I am today.