Hello Everyone!!  Update !  Garfield has had 3 surgeries on his neck wound. Finally the drain was removed and more dead skin was scraped away.  His wound care is complete and it's healing well. He has had 2 dental procedures for his teeth and I think we are done there too!!. His foot was rechecked, they believe that he has a broken toe along with a swollen  foot. With the cage rest his foot and toe should be fine!! 

Thank you to everyone that donated for Garfield !! 

Garfield is almost fully recovered!!

This old man has found a place in our hearts and will be staying inside!

We know it’s not easy out there!

Meet Garfield (that is, if you haven't seen him walking all over town already)!


In early January 2021, we began seeing a large injured Tom Cat all around town. The first time we saw Garfield with his big mushy face, he broke our hearts!  We do a lot of trapping (TNR) within our Rescue, but this guy just wasn’t having anything to do with our traps.  As the snow came, his appearances were far and few and we worried about him daily. He was limping on 3 legs, drooling, and had a large severe neck wound as his body was filled with infection. We knew we desperately needed to help him.  As weeks went by with no luck, his injuries seemed to be getting worse.  We were desperate, traps were set in several locations! Miraculously, we got him- we think he finally knew he needed help we could provide!

Garfield’s vet bills have amounted to over $2300. Garfield has a terrible neck wound that was extremely infected needing surgery to clean, scrape away dead skin and place a drain to help with healing.  He has broken, fractured teeth and will need a dental procedure. He is getting X-rays to see why he is limping so badly. He also needed to get neutered, as this big boy's package had to go!

We know this is a tough time for everyone, and we appreciate any donation you can make for our big mush face, Garfield. Please share this fundraiser with friends, family and everyone you know.  Every penny counts.  Thank you for your support!


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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- 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.


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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 always here these days!!!

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!