Happy Tails: S.T.A.R.T. II Adoption Stories

Nothing makes us happier at S.T.A.R.T. II than hearing how cats and dogs we've cared for are thriving in their new forever home. The emotional stories adopters share with us makes us teary-eyed with joy. It is a reminder of why we do what we do. We encourage human guardians whom adopted from us to send their happy tail so we can share!

Louie's Tale
Five years ago the cat that I grew up with passed away. I was very sad and was looking for a kitty to adopt. One day, my ex and I were at the Petsmart in Wayne, NJ
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Hamilton's Tale
After our dog died suddenly in August 2011, we knew we wanted another dog. We knew we wanted a small breed that was non-shedding and we definitely wanted a puppy. So how did we wind up with a four-year-old black lab? S.T.A.R.T. II has always been an organization that we donated money and supplies to, so it was an easy decision to contact Marge and see if she had a puppy for us.
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Duncan's Tale
I lost my little Esa in March of 2011 at the age of 13 1/2 years while I was home on disability. I had just had a partial knee replacement. He was the third furbaby I'd lost and the pain was unbearable. I was determined that I would NOT go through it again, so I packed up all the kitty stuff and put it in the attic.
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Castiel & Ishtar's Tale
Shortly after my beloved Morpheus' passing, I needed another feline presence in the apartment. I was grieving something fierce. Though we had four cats remaining, it wasn't the same. I felt an overwhelming emptiness indescribable with words.
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Kirby's Tale
My beloved childhood companion, Mr. Whiskers, had to be put to sleep in 2009. I felt so empty afterward. His sister Belle survived him, and Izzy and Geno, two rescues, came into my life as well. I love all three of my cats but I still missed Mr. Whiskers so desperately.
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Jinx's Tale
On January 13, 2013, I adopted Jinx (formerly known as Virgil) from the S.T.A.R.T. II shelter. I have had cats all of my life. At that point in time, my boyfriend and I were proud guardians of 2 rescues. Brothers named Jax and Jasper. It was a big decision to adopt them because it was like us deciding to have children together.
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Sahara's Tale
We adopted Sahara in April 2013. I have always been an animal lover and never got to actually have my own pet. I decided to check out Petfinder.com and found Sahara. I instantly fell in love. She had the cutest little face, so I knew I just had to meet her.
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Millie's Tale
This past November my daughter and I adopted a beagle named Millie. She is such a great addition to the family. Millie is smart and very lovable. When I saw Millie, I knew she was the dog for us.
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Puddles' Tale
While looking online for pets available for adoption, I came across Puddles and fell in love! We were looking for smaller dogs so we decided to look for other dogs that would be smaller in size. I kept thinking about Puddles after every dog we looked at.
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Marcus' Tale
After losing our sweet cat, Cliff, to cancer in March 2012, we weren't ready for another cat. . . Then in 2013, we decided it was time to add another fur-baby to our family, so we began looking for a new brother for Luna and Titus on Petfinder.com. That's when we came across Marcus and S.T.A.R.T. II.
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