From Our President - 2020

Happy New Year from Save the Animals Rescue Team, S.T.A.R.T.



We would like to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year, 2020!!  We are beginning S.T.A.R.T.'s 29th year!! Wow, it takes a dedicated team to pull that off!


Our year began New Year's Day out trapping (TNR., Trap Neuter & Return) go figure, unbelievably we trapped 8 adults and 7 kittens!! As always, we need foster and forever homes more than ever, kitten season use to end around October and we would not see kittens until May/June not true anymore. You can help, we need foster homes, they won't survive without you! See below, for what it takes to foster!!


As we do every year, we stay true to our mission. S.T.A.R.T., is a humane organization whose mission is to rescue stray, abandoned, injured, and abused kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs in northern New Jersey.  The animals rescued are examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and placed in one of our volunteer foster's homes. All our animals remain in our foster care until they are adopted. Many of these unfortunate animals are victims of pet over-population, therefore, this life-saving work is critical!!


S.T.A.R.T. is dedicated to ending the pet overpopulation crisis in Northern New Jersey and is operated solely on fundraisers, private contributions, grants, and member financial support to carry out all of these vital efforts.  Yearly, we TNR, Trap Neuter & Return hundreds feral cats that are not adoptable. Of course, we adopt out the adults that are friendly and the kittens that can be socialized.  Rest assured that we make every effort to save as many for the streets as possible.  We also make sure that the caretakers continue to feed and care for the kitties that are released.  Cats that have been TNR'd have what we call an eartip (their left ear is clipped to be flat - not rounded like the right ear) so if you are feeding a cat that does not have an ear tip, please take the cat to be altered at one of the low cost facilities in the area or contact us for assistance.  Please, please, please get them altered before the next litter. 


Colonies are a big part of our work it is important to maintain sterile colonies of cats. Colonies are fed every day no matter what the weather, and, when needed, medical care is given.  S.T.A.R.T. has many colonies in the Little Falls area and we are hoping with the upcoming construction they will all stay safe in their homes.


And don't forget!! S.T.A.R.T. holds its weekend adoptions at Petco in Totowa!  We pride ourselves on never releasing an animal for adoption until it is fully vetted and altered.  If you are thinking of adopting, please consider the shy cats or the cats that just hate going to adoptions or hide under their beds when they are there!!  They all need love and they all adapt to new environments given time.


We have been fortunate throughout the years to have so many friends and supporters!  Many animals have survived because of you! Many of you passed along our cries for help, others attended our fundraisers, some donate to animals in need, and others provide a safe, warm home for our rescued animals.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you. 



We do not have a shelter so, we must rely 100% on foster home care for the animals waiting for their forever homes. Foster homes are what help to carry out the organization's mission, but a forever home is what is needed to help decrease the vast number of homeless animals.   S.T.A.R.T. is reaching out to you as caring, responsible animal lovers, to open your hearts and your homes to one of our abandon homeless companion animal.  Volunteers that can offer their home as a temporary residency for some of our homeless animals are always needed.  


It's a new decade, with your help we hope to reduce the overpopulation in our communities while diminishing the homeless and hungry animals.  Again we thank you, our friends and supporters, for your continued and lasting support, our animals count on each one of you.  HAPPY NEW YEAR ...HAPPY NEW DECADE 2020!!



Annette Lamberti

S.T.A.R.T., Save The Animals Rescue Team

The original "S.T.A.R.T." established in 1991

Founder and President