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Share the Love this Month with Nico 

                                           Our Special Needs Kitty

Nico is a beautiful black and white tuxedo girl. Born in mid July, 2022, her “half moustache” is only part of her cuteness. She loves to look at you with her soulful eyes and will even talk to you. She is full of life and full of personality. You could say that this little one wants to be your best friend. The perfect companion for those lazy nights on the couch. At first glance, Nico looks like any ordinary cat, but in fact she has something very special about her. Nico is paralyzed.

Nico was found in the street, crying out for someone to come to her aid. A young girl picked her up and reached out to S.T.A.R.T. for guidance. We brought Nico in and immediately rushed her to the vet. The heart of a rescuer is strong but seeing any animal in a helpless state can break you. After an exam and x-rays, we received both good news and bad news. The good news was that nothing was broken. The bad news was ………. that nothing was broken. Nothing broken means there is nothing to repair. She most likely has suffered from a ruptured disk which has left her with no mobility or feeling in her back end.

You may think that a cat in her condition will never live a full life. All you have to do is meet Nico and you realize just how full of life she is. She loves to play, she loves to eat, and she absolutely loves to be loved! Of course, her maintenance is a little more involved than a regular house cat. Her bladder needs to be expressed 3-4 times daily. A fairly easy task but keeping her on a schedule is key. We are looking to find her a forever home with someone who has experience in paralysis and what Nico’s limitations and capabilities may be. She has truly opened our eyes to what is important in life.

Nico is vaccinated, altered, FeLV/FIV tested negative and microchipped. If you are interested in adopting this pet, you can start the process and access our pre-adoption application which is located on our website at, click on Pets for Adoption then application; com
plete the form, and submit/send. 

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Myles needed our help! 
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Helping animals who are sick, injured, abused or neglected is an expensive proposition.  This is why fundraisers are so important. They enable us to continue our vital mission.

After one of our Tricky Tray’s, S.T.A.R.T.  was called upon to once again do what we do best help an animal in need. A small kitten had been found on the streets. The little guy been hit by a car and left to die on the streets.  Animal control responded and slated him for euthanasia, due to multiple injuries sustained in the accident.  Luckily, the examining veterinarian examined him thoroughly and determined this little guy had a lot of fight in him.  The vet thought there was a decent chance he could be saved and contacted S.T.A.R.T. to see if we would consider taking over his care and treatment.  Of course, we agreed. That’s our mission: to help as many sick, injured, abused and neglected animals as we possibly can.

That’s how “Myles” came into our care. He had suffered many injuries in the accident including fractures to his pelvis and both legs, a displaced hip ball joint and a head injury.  Myles was in bad shape but with his fighting spirit, we were confident we could make a difference to improve his chance of recovery.

After many weeks spent recuperating (which included hand-feeding, medications and an accompanying tail infection requiring partial amputation) with his foster family, Myles was ready to find his forever home. A wonderful young women came along to adopt him!  Knowing his background, she wanted to give Myles a loving home. Today Myles is healthy, happy and living his best life.

Myles’ recovery was only possible because many factors came together: the outstanding care and dedication he received from our veterinarians, the commitment of his foster Mom and the generosity of our supporters all added up to give him his happy ending.  As medical bills piled up, friends of S.T.A.R.T. ensures we were able to give Myles all the care he needed.  He was saved, but there are many more animals like Myles that need our help.  Only through your kindness, can we continue to fulfill our mission.

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Kitten season is always here!!!

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!

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