I would like to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year, 2018!! We are beginning S.T.A.R.T.'s 26th year!!
S.T.A.R.T. has had an extremely difficult year. Always do, but this one was more difficult than ever before. We did not have a substantial fundraiser for a full year but despite very little coming in our bills are astounding. We have done a great deal of TNR (Trap Neuter and Release) for the community and have helped a lot of people who need help to keep their animals in their homes.
Our office cats have had a difficult year (and those who care for them as well) we have lost 5 and 3 of those 5 had medical issues that we tried so hard to keep them healthy and alive (and loved!!). All of the 5 left us in just 3 short months over the summer. It was very sad and overwhelming.
We try our best to help all that are in need and it takes its toll.
As hard as it is, all of our volunteers are dedicated to do whatever they can to keep our goal alive. We are a small group but a dedicated one. I'm proud of all the volunteers who care as much as they do and tirelessly continue day after day, year after year.
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. Thank you.
In 2018 Make a "resolution" to help the animals this year.
Things you can do, let us know if you can help!!
FOSTER - S.T.A.R.T. can only help the animals we have foster care for, foster care is always needed, once in foster care these animals are maintained by S.T.A.R.T until they are adopted to a forever home. 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. Since S.T.A.R.T. does not have a shelter, we must rely 100% on foster home care for the animals waiting for their forever homes. The more foster homes we have, the more lives can be saved.
FUND RAISING ~ S.T.A.R.T. is fully dependent on donations, proceeds from fund raisers, bequests, and foundation grants to maintain our operation, underwrite our numerous programs and services, and sustain our presence. Fund raising is crucial to the survival of S.T.A.R.T. It requires time and energy.
ADOPTION CENTER ~ Adoption Center is located at Petco, Totowa. The center is where our cats can stay 24/7 to be seen for adoption. The Center needs to be staffed in order to care for the cats, 3 times daily someone is needed to feed, scoop and make sure the animals are not in any distress as well as give them some loving! Easy and fun!
CANISTER DRIVES ~ In addition to adoption day collections we also visit and solicit in front of grocery stores, malls and street collections on a regular basis. Proper permits and authorization is required for these collections, which will be handled by the fund raising committee. A volunteer must be able to encourage people to donate as they pass the area.
OFFICE SUPPORT ~ Basic office skills, computer knowledge and good customer service skills are helpful in this volunteer capacity. Some of these office duties can be preformed from your own home.
TRAPPING PROJECT- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) ~ S.T.A.R.T. encourages, teaches and supports Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is a full management plan in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped, evaluated for temperament, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and tame cats placed up for adoption. Healthy cats too wild to be adopted are returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of colony caretakers. Volunteers are needed to help trap, recovery and return feral cats to there colonies.
FERAL CAT COLONY CARETAKERS ~ Feral cats are domestic cats that, through birth or circumstance, have reverted to the wild, living outdoors in urban, suburban, and rural environments with little or no human contact. S.T.A.R.T. maintains several feral colonies that need to be feed and cared for on a daily basis. Feeders are needed to help maintain these colonies.
Thank you to our supporters who have stuck by us for all these years, helping us to continue our mission. We hope that we can continue, with your help, 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.