In 1987, a Vancouver-based animal rescue, Animal Advocates, launched a much-needed feral cat rescue. Over mugs of coffee, the founders of this organization learned the basic tenets behind animal rescue work, which is trap, neuter and release. Often, this little organization's founders paid for necessary veterinarian work out of their own pockets. Over time, the organization grew and began to work with other animals. Today Animal Advocates raises awareness around animal cruelty and rescues dogs, cats and horses. Animal Advocates found the puppy, Little Star, in a snow-covered box and immediately set to work helping Little Star recover and heal from a rough life on the streets.