12th Annual Tricky Tray
Thursday May 4th
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60 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ
(Opposite The Garden State Plaza)
Saturdays: 11am - 3pm (Dogs)
10:30am - 9pm (Cats)
Wednesdays & Fridays: 7pm - 9pm (Cats only)
57 Route 23, Wayne, NJ
Saturdays 10am to 4pm (Cats only)
Sundays 11am to 6pm (Cats only)
155 E. Route 59, Nanuet, NY
Saturdays 11am - 4pm (Cats only)
Sundays 12am - 3pm (Cats only)
"TAIL" OF THE MONTH
Meet the S.T.A.R.T. II Team at the Nanuet Petsmart Adoption CenterThe Nanuet Petsmart Adoption Center opened its doors in 2003. START II was there from the beginning, running one shift a day, with a fragmented group of people. Little by little, new volunteers joined and eventually we banded together to form the tightly run, committed team you see today. Currently, 28 volunteers are responsible for running at least two shifts per day, with adoptions held on Saturdays, Sundays and by appointment. In 12 years, our 'cat room' has adopted out over 1,000 cats and kittens into mostly forever homes (as with all our adoption centers, there have been some returns over the years). Some of our furbabies have been with us longer than we've preferred; group coordinator Sue Lynne likes to say their new owners are coming eventually - they're just stuck in traffic. That said, we work with our cats to ensure they stay mentally and physically healthy, put them into foster when and if necessary, or rotate them with our Paramus or Wayne adoption centers if we feel it is in their best interest. Ask any of the Nanuet volunteers, and almost all will tell you the thing we are most proud of is the fact that we take the time to get to know the personalities of every cat that comes into our room. We are not afraid to work with those shelter cats that are a little more challenging - the ones who are frightened, who don't get along with other cats, or who just need a little more attention. We've found that oftentimes, with a little extra effort, we are able to turn those cats around and find the right homes where they are able to truly thrive. All of us have fond memories of those challenging cats (the occasional scars notwithstanding!), and it means so much when their pet parents come to visit and tell us how well they are doing. The other thing we are proud of is that through our passion for cats we have formed strong friendships over the years. Sue hosts a party every year or so, and we enjoy getting together and sharing stories. When illness or personal issues prevent one of us from covering a shift, we can always count on someone stepping in to cover. Every so often, a particular cat will tug at the heartstrings of a volunteer and winds up going home with them. Over the years, our volunteers have personally adopted over 30 of our cats, many of whom were longer term residents or had special needs. We are proud to be S.T.A.R.T. II volunteers, and tell that to anyone who will listen. The commitment everyone in this organization gives in ensuring the best possible outcomes for our cats and dogs is something all rescue groups should strive to achieve!
Some things you may not know about us:
- Our longest volunteers have been with the Nanuet group for over 12 years
- One of our volunteers started with us as a middle school student. Now 25!, she still returns from time to time to cover shifts when needed.
- ARC of Rockland, an organization that works with adults who are learning disabled or who have other developmental challenges, brings a small group into the Nanuet cat room once a week for pet therapy - to the benefit of both cats and humans!
- We make a point of keeping all our volunteers up-to-date on the cats in our room. Both a daily log and weekly emails are used to let cat room volunteers know about adoptions and new arrivals, as well as special instructions or helpful tips in working with our cats. This helps us maintain the continuity that is so important in turning around some of our more challenged cats, and helps us readily tend to any cats who may be coming down with a cold or other illness.
- Many of us talk to each other - alot. We pick each other's brains when it comes to figuring out the best way to reach a cat who seems to be struggling, or if we are having problems with our own pets.
- We are all firm believers in taking the cats who have been at the shelter the longest. Some of the ones who have been earmarked as challenging and left sitting at the shelter have come into our room and blossomed into absolutely wonderful cats.
A decade of dedication
START II volunteer helps prevent pet overpopulation
Most of us love animals, but few of us go to the extremes Donna Moussa does to protect and save them. Donna, a START II volunteer, runs the trap/neuter/release (TNR) program, caring for about 300 cats each year. It all started 10 years ago when a stray cat wandered into her yard. She followed it across the street and found a colony of over 40 strays living there. She knew something needed to be done.
Following her heart
Thus a hobby was born and that hobby soon became a passion. Every week, Donna - often accompanied by Donna Douglas or Donna Eliot, other START II volunteers - humanely traps cats, drives them to Monroe NY to be neutered at The Animal Rights Alliance or TARA (START II pays for the procedure). Then, if they're wild, she releases them back to their environment, but if they're friendly, the Donnas bring them to the Englewood shelter for adoption. Donna focuses her attention on the town of Paterson because there is a big stray population and the local shelters - unlike START II - don't have a no-kill policy. "At first I thought I would be able to neuter all the stray cats everywhere," Donna explains. "But I soon realized I needed to focus on one area that needed the most attention." At any given week, Donna has about 20 cats in the TNR cycle.
Giving back to the community
Clearly this volunteer has a soft spot for animals, but if you're imagining her home overrun with cats, think again. Donna lives with her husband Eddie, her dog Lucy and her cat Izzy. Izzy was one of her TNR "clients" but when she learned the animal was diabetic, she decided to keep her so she would get the care she needed. While it sometimes seems like a car-full of hissing cats are not exactly thankful for her efforts, Donna knows she's doing good work. "I feel like I'm doing something to improve the community," she remarks. "It's my mission."
Christmas in March: a community of strangers makes enormous donation to START II pets
Several weeks ago, Natalia Wnorowska, an animal lover who has adopted and fostered dogs and cats from our shelter, pulled up to the building with a van bursting with needed supplies. All of the items - blankets, food, cleaning products, toys and more - were donated by generous people across the Tri-State area who were touched by our mission and the good work START II does.
It started when Natalia placed request for donations in a Facebook group for Polish women living in the U.S. To make it easier, she offered to pick the items up. She never anticipated what happened next.
She made trip after trip to homes around New Jersey, picking up donated items and storing them in her basement. In New York City, there were so many people offering to donate that some contributors acted as "hubs," collecting the supplies from their neighborhoods to limit the number stops Natalia would have to make. One Saturday she asked her father to drive with her to New York City. They spent almost all day crossing the boroughs, picking up so many items, their SUV was packed full.
"I couldn't see my father in the driver's seat and each time we came to a stop sign, a box of treats or roll of paper towels would fall on our heads", she recalled. At their last stop, her father got out to pick up the donation, a box full of random pet items. The car was so full that Natalia could not open her door to take the box, so she rolled down the window and her father tossed the items into the car one-by-one.
The START II employees - not to mention the residents - are extremely grateful for the supplies, which took Natalia, her husband Peter and two other people about an hour to unload. "We are well stocked now for months to come", says kennel manager Jodi. "That's very reassuring for a charity like ours that relies heavily on donations."
Natalia says she is touched and overwhelmed by the generosity of her Polish Facebook community, most of whom are strangers or relative strangers. "They are angels", Natalia says.
SAVE THE ANIMALS RESCUE TEAM II Asks for Donations for Annual Garage Sale
Save The Animals Rescue Team II (START II) is currently preparing and collecting for its annual garage sale to help raise funds and offset expenses for animals in its care. In 2016, the groups approximate veterinarian expenses ran from $10,000 - $12,000 per month. A May 2017 date is being planned for this event and donations are in great demand.
Save The Animals Rescue Team II is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group who is currently celebrating its 41st anniversary of saving lives in 2017. Focusing mainly in the North Jersey area, START II is conveniently located in Englewood, NJ with locations at PetSmart in Nanuet, NY, Paramus and Wayne, NJ. With approximately 120 volunteers, this group is highly dedicated to saving lives. The group pulls from local high kill shelters, traps, and helps in the south when called upon and room available. In 2015, this all volunteer group saved 812 lives and adopted out 810 to fabulous loving homes.
Volunteers are asking the public for all kinds of donations to help with this garage sale in order to make it very successful. START II relies solely on donations and its adoptions to continue its mission. In addition, the group is collecting blankets and comforters during the winter months to help keep our animals comfortable and warm at the shelter. If you would like to help and donate to START II, please call Donna at 201-384-2871. If you choose, a letter for your taxes can be given/sent to you. Anyone who would like to help donate in the Nanuet area, donations can be brought to our Nanuet PetSmart location located at: 155 E. Route 59, Nanuet. Please leave name, address and value amount if you choose to have a tax letter for your donation.
Help us Help them. Donate and tell your friends and family. Save The Animals Rescue Team II can be found on its website at www.startii.org or facebook.com/SaveTheAnimalsRescueTeamII or call the shelter at 201-797-8861 for help or special appointments.
Save The Animals Rescue Team II is always looking for highly dedicated volunteers to join its team. There is so much work to do and help is greatly needed in order to continue its mission of saving lives. Areas of special interest: dog walkers on weekends, fostering, outside adoptions, grant writing, fundraising and so much more.
With the amount of animals the non-profit group takes in, supplies are used up very fast. The group is always in great need of product donations such as, leashes, collars, harnesses, paper towels, bleach, blankets, stamps, cages and crates of all sizes, cat toys, cat beds etc. and most of all monetary funds.
LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS
Save The Animals Rescue Team II (START II), a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer animal rescue group conveniently located in Englewood is currently seeking volunteers for all positions. A volunteer can donate time to this worthy cause without even leaving their home! Just a few hours a week is all the shelter asks for.
This well-known animal group has made many strides in their communities along with saving thousands of lives in the last 40 years. The group is highly dedicated to the welfare and placement of homeless animals and gives these beautiful animals a second chance at life. Save The Animals Rescue Team II is the necessary bridge between life and death. The group traps and pulls animals from high kill shelters in the Bergen and Passaic Counties and in the south who would otherwise be euthanized. These volunteers are the voices behind every furry face you view.
In order for Save The Animals Rescue Team II to be so successful, the group is always in need of volunteers. Currently with approximately 120 volunteers who work out of PetSmart Wayne, PetSmart Paramus and PetSmart Nanuet not to mention the shelter, this outstanding group is presently in need of volunteers for grant writing, graphic arts, fundraising, public relations, dog walkers and so much more in the daily sheltering of homeless animals. If you love animals, want to help make a difference in saving lives and be a part a fabulous experience please join our team. We save lives one at a time. Everyone can make a difference.
START II relies solely on its fundraising, donations and adoptions in order to continue its mission of saving lives and running every day shelter operations. This all takes time, work and money.
Find Save The Animals Rescue Team II's volunteer application on our website at www.startii.org or find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/SaveTheAnimalsRescueTeamII. You may also call the shelter at 201-797-8861. Join us today and help a homeless animal in need. It will leave you with paw prints on your heart.
Please adopt. You can save a life.
START II shelter has an influx of wonderful, quirky and supremely adoptable dogs.(See all our dogs.) Sadly, the situation is about to get grim. Many kill shelters are full - and you know what that means. We want to rescue those dogs before their time is up and we need to make room, so if you're considering welcoming a dog into your home, now is the time! Please make an appointment to visit our dogs by calling (201) 797-8861. We can't promise you'll fall in love, but we'd place a large bet on it. What could make your holidays warmer than a cold, wet nose under your tree and the knowledge that you saved a life?
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