Join Save The Animals Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.) for pet photos with Santa, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 from 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 18 from 12 to 3 at Petco, Rt. 46 west, Totowa. Saturday events are sponsored by Petco. Sunday events are sponsored bt S.T.A.R.T.

The donation of $9.95 for a photo includes the photo and frame (while supplies last.) All proceeds from Sunday photos will directly benefit the animals under S.T.A.R.T.'s care.

A  non-profit animal rescue group based in Little Falls, S.T.A.R.T. rescues stray, abandoned, injured, and abused kittens and cats and fosters them in volunteer homes until they are adopted. For more information, call 973-785-1245 or visit

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Stop by one of S.T.A.R.T.’s weekly adoptions days at the following locations if you are interested in adopting a pet. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Petco store on Route 46 west in Totowa. S.T.A.R.T. now has a new adoption center at Petco in  Totowa, where its cats and kittens can be seen during store hours. If you are interested in any of the cats in the adoption center, call 973-785-1245 to make arrangements to meet.

S.T.A.R.T. is always in need of food for the animals in its care. Stop by Petco and donate a bag of food for the homeless animals in need.
Suggested items to donate:
Cats: Wet food can and pouches (Whiskas/Meow), dry (Purina/ Friskies/Whiskas), KMR (mother's milk for kittens), clumping litter (any brand), and clay litter (any brand)
Dog: Dry adult or puppy, wet food cans, biscuits/cookies/treats, Dentabones, and compressed rawhides only.
In addition, START accepts gift certificates to grocery, pet, and office supply stores, pet beds, blankets, towels, sheets, comforters, toys, and metal folding crates and cat carriers.

Since S.T.A.R.T. does not have a shelter facility, its success depends on a network of foster families who open their homes to cats and dogs on a temporary basis until they are adopted. S.T.A.R.T. can only help as many animals as it has available fosters to care for them.
Foster homes offer a loving and safe place for cats and/or dogs until they are adopted. All animals are examined by a veterinarian and vaccinated before entering a foster home. S.T.A.R.T. covers all medical expenses and provides all supplies needed.
For more information or to apply visit, e-mail, or call 973-785-1245.