Starfish Club is made up of kids who care about all living things and want to try to change the world to make it a better place for animals. The Club’s activities depend on the interests and concerns of the members. In the past few years, the Club has advocated for rhinos in Africa, wildlife in New Hampshire, sharks all over the world, marine mammals impacted by plastic pollution and piglets at our local fairs. No injustice against animals is too big or too small for the Starfish Club! The members design and circulate petitions, send letters to local politicians and newspaper editors, educate their families, schools and communities and have even gone to the State House in Concord to testify for the rights and needs of animals in front of their legislators! Their testimony is well-planned, articulate and caring as they attempt to make a difference for animals in need or peril.

Starfish Club leaders are NHSPCA Humane Education staff who guide the Club members and assist them in achieving their goals for helping animals.

New session starts in December 2018.

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How the Starfish Club got its name:


The Starfish Story

While walking along a beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and tossing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a child, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

The man came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The child paused, looked up, and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the child replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the man commented, “But do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The child listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, tossed it back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “I made a difference for that one.”