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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-, or If you are interested in adopting please send an email to 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 , 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:


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START, Save the Animals Rescue Team

PO Box 1098, Little Falls, NJ 07424


Email with any questions or call: 973-785-1245  


We can not thank you enough for your support. 


Update:  Loden has found her furever home, we are so happy for her!!  We can not thank you enough for your support, Loden would not have made it without your help!  THANK YOU!


Update: Loden has made wonderful progress.  She has complete healed and has been put on our up for adoption web page.  If you are interested in her, please fill out an application.  Thank you to everyone that supported Loden in her time of need, Loden thanks you!!


Update:  Our baby girl, Loden, was discharged from Oradell Animal Hospital on Tuesday evening.  After having “her entire abdominal contents exposed” on Saturday, the prognosis looked pretty grim.  We would like to think that this incident was a tragic yet rare occurrence.  Now, considering everything she has been through, the veterinarian calls her “perfect”.  START and her foster Mom are now focused on her full recovery.  It took her no time to settle back in to her foster home and start chasing her toys around.  We have been tasked with keeping her activity level to a minimum for the next few weeks.  She is outfitted with an E-collar and an abundance of sutures that will be removed during a future re-check visit.  We may never know exactly what transpired to put Loden in such grave danger but we could not have asked for a more positive outcome.  Thanks to Loden’s fighting spirit, the staff at Oradell and for all of your incredible well wishes and donations, we were truly blessed with a miracle. 


URGENT PLEA... Our baby Loden is at Oradell Animal Hospital.  She had emergency surgery to repair a burst incision on Saturday. Her internal organs had come out through the burst incision. She was in shock, with a low body temperature and near death. Oradell worked hard to stabilize her.


Loden came out of surgery after 2 inches of small intestines had to be removed.  Her internal organs were cleaned and examined for damage. She was kept warm as they continued to try to stabilize her blood pressure.


She remains in the critical care area for the next few days. Oradell is giving her antibiotics, blood pressure meds and other meds to stabilize her.  The estimated cost of Loden's care is extremely high.


We are hoping that she can come home later this week.

Please keep Loden in your prayers.



We can not thank you enough for your support. 

Gertrude Hawk

Fundraiser is Online NOW!! 

​ORDER ONLINE Thru April 3rd

S.T.A.R.T 's Fundraiser with Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is offering a variety of delicious chocolates and gifts. A website has been setup specifically for START Save The Animals Rescue fundraising campaign. All purchases made on that site will be credited toward S.T.A.R.T and all proceeds will be awarded to our great cause.

Click Here to order online now!

Kitten season is upon us!

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! 


Come to our adoption events on weekends at Petco on Route 46W in Totowa from 11a-3p and let us help to match you with the perfect companion for your home and your family. 


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!