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Tuesday December 1st  - Giving Tuesday!!

We're not going to candy coat this; COVID-19 has devastated our fundraising efforts. Almost all of our in-person fundraising, which we heavily rely on, has been canceled. At the same time, our rescue efforts have dramatically increased. These are unprecedented times and we seem to be overwhelmed with kitten and cat intake more than ever. We're hurting!

#GivingTuesday was created to be a day of giving and we're pleading for your help... Thank you

While we are so grateful to our community of supporters for helping us survive this long, we are continuing to struggle and unfortunately moving backwards, in terms of our expenses versus our donations. We don’t know how much longer we can sustain this trend, but we can’t stop saving the fur kids. Our work is too important, so we need to get through this somehow. The world has stopped, but our work has not.


GivingTuesday falls on December 1st, four days after Black Friday and the day after Cyber Monday. We ask that if at all possible, you try to spend just a tiny bit less on those days, so that you can give a tiny bit to us. If we can get enough people to give us a tiny bit, we can get through the end of the year and maybe beyond. We would even more be grateful, if you could help a little now, in the spirit GivingTuesday. We could really use it...


Somehow we always find a way to make it through for the benefit of those precious souls. Sometimes it almost seems impossible and we look back and wonder how we got by.

This time feels different. This time there's doubt. This time we need some magic. We need your help.

Thank you!

Kitties in Trouble


COVID-19 is truly making things incredibly difficult on us, but we will not stop saving animals. We will figure it out, but sure could use some help... 


START and the fur-babies appreciate the Support, Love, and Well Wishes! We could not have helped them without you!


Here are a few updates:

Updates as 10/30

Blackie is fitting in well at his new foster home

and has the company of another kitty. He still

needs help going to the bathroom but seems to

be improving. His broken leg is on it's way to

healing completely. Blackie just needs time to

heal, we are still hoping a full recovery is in his future.

Sparrow is weighing in today at 2.0lbs, she is

gaining weight slow but sure!   We were asked to

wait on her eye removal surgeries because she was

too small; now surgeries are backed up due to the

pandemic.Sparrow will need to wait a little while

longer to have her eye removed.  Most likely she

will be spayed at the same time.  She is doing well

in her foster home and loves her 2 foster buddies.


​Mojo's surgery to remove his ear polyp

has been postponed due to a Covid

outbreak in the hospital.  Mojo is looking

so much better these days; he is the

happiest little guy!!


Thank you for the prayers and support!!  Hugs and Kisses to All!!  

START, Save the Animals Rescue Team


UPDATE 10/9/2020


Blackie is recovering from his broken back leg and nerve damage at his new foster home. Shortly, he will need to go to a specialist for nerve and bladder issues. We are still praying for a full recovery.



Sparrow is weighing in today at 1.5lbs, she is gaining weight slow but sure!  The surgeon would like to wait to remove her eye until she gains some weight. She is not in any pain and continues to get the TLC she deserves.


Mojo is waiting on a confirmation for surgery to remove the polyp in his ear. We are hoping the head tilt will correct itself once the polyp is removed. Mojo is happy and playing with his foster family.

Thank you for the prayers and support!!  Hugs and Kisses to All!!  


START, Save the Animals Rescue Team

Dear Friends


We have not stopped rescuing stray, abandoned,  injured, and abused animals. COVID-19 has put a stop to all of our in-person fundraising efforts, 75% of our funding comes from these fundraising events. We will not stop helping these animals, but we need funds to help pay our vet bills.

​Here are just a few that need our help:


Blackie was hit by a car and was dragging his back

legs. We are hopeful that he will walk again though

his vet bill increases daily. 


Sparrow came in with a white eye,

with  some TLC we thought we

could save er eye. However, now

her eye has taken a turn for the

worse and most likely will need

to be removed.



MoJo was found with what we thought was a

severe upper respiratory condition but instead

was a huge polyp in his nose requiring surgery. 

To make matters worse he has another polyp

in his ear requiring yet another surgery.   



Please help us save our animals. The fur-babies appreciate every penny. 


Thank you for your support.

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You can also donate thru the GivingGrid @


Donations by mail can be sent to

START PO Box 1098 Little Falls, NJ

Online donations go to www.startpets.net


Email info@Startpets.net with any questions


We can not thank you enough for your support

Stay safe! Keep human social distancing!!


​S.T.A.R.T. relies solely upon the funds raised through events like our Annual Tricky Tray, Clothing Drives, Ride to Rescue to name a few that have been cancelled this year. Currently, we are relying on from private contributions, members’ financial support and grants to carry out our rescue efforts. Because S.T.A.R.T. is a no-kill organization without a shelter facility, all our rescued animals are kindly cared for by foster families until they can be adopted. In addition to our rescue program, S.T.A.R.T. actively works to alleviate the local pet overpopulation crisis through our ongoing Trap, Neuter, Return program.




Hug a Furry Friend!!



ANIMALS CANNOT GIVE YOU THE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19). Please do not surrender your pets.


For the safety of everyone, (and mandated by the state) our weekend adoption events have been cancelled and animals in the adoption center will not return to Petco until we are over this crisis. We are hoping to return soon and will keep you updated!   


We are continuing to adopt our kitties, so please take a look at our adoptable animals on our website- www.startpets.net, or Petfinder.com. If you are interested in adopting please send an email to info@startpets.net and/or fill out an application online. One of our fosters will contact you directly. Until further notice all ADOPTIONS will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Once an application is approved, we can still meet you at Petco.


START survives on our weekly collections at Petco and our Fundraisers. Our Ride to Rescue fundraiser was cancelled leaving us short financially.  Cancelling our fundraisers is heartbreaking, as we depend on these to purchase food, pay our vet medical bills and keep our animals safe.   START may struggle to keep going but know that are animals are being taken care of with the usual amount of TLC.  START does not have a shelter, we use foster homes and have a private location for unadoptable cats that are taken care of on a daily basis.  START continues with their routines of feeding outside colonies in need of our help. Check out our wish list below on Amazon if you can help.


If you are interested in fostering please send us an email at info@startpets.net , kitten season is around the corner. We hate to turn anyone away. If you have a spare room/bathroom and the time please consider fostering. Send us an email and let us know if you would prefer to foster a kitten or an adult. Many of our kitties need socialization before they can be put up for adoption.


If you would like to help please consider making a donation on Facebook  or on our website.  You can also help by sending supplies directly to START, check out our Amazon Wish List at: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/B51OMVJ7KYHU/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist


Please check out our website www.startpets.net.


Please stay safe.


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START, Save the Animals Rescue Team

PO Box 1098, Little Falls, NJ 07424


Email info@Startpets.net with any questions or call: 973-785-1245  


We can not thank you enough for your support. 

Kitten season is here again!!

The doors of S.T.A.R.T. are bursting open with the pitter patter of tiny feet!  Or should we say paws!  Save the Animals Rescue Team has many foster parents that are tending to little ones who are looking for their forever homes.  While we would love nothing more than to save them all, we can only tend to so many, so every adoption allows us to save yet another life.  The rescuing never ends but we can only succeed with the help and generosity of our community.  What a rewarding feeling it is to say you helped to save a life! 


Meet and Greets only at Petco Totowa.   Our adoption events on weekends at Petco on Route 46W in Totowa from 11a-3p  have been suspended due to Covid.

Please check out our Pets for Adoption and send us an email and we will set up an appointment.

Keep in mind that kitten season does not mean that our adults get overlooked.  While the colors and the personalities of the cats may vary, the need for love does not.


All of the cats in our care are altered, up to date with their vaccinations, tested for FELV/FIV and microchipped.


Any questions, please call S.T.A.R.T. at 973-785-1245 or visit www.startpets.net!

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