Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2021 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

99 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: To address the issues of overpopulation of animals by providing transportation, shelter, and spay/neuter services for animals in California.

Results: Since START's founding in 2011, over 9,000 spay/neuter procedures were performed in underserved communities and an astonishing over 14,000 at-risk shelter animals on death-row have been relocated to the Pacific Northwest!

Target demographics: To address the issues of overpopulation of animals by providing transportation, shelter, and spay/neuter services for animals in California.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019, 1,687 animals (1,446 dogs, including 117 Pit Bulls and 386 Chihuahuas, 239 cats, 1 ferret and 1 pig) were saved from euthanasia by START’s Transport/Relocation program. Since START's founding in 2011, over 9,000 spay/neuter procedures were performed in underserved communities and an astonishing over 14,000 at-risk shelter animals on death-row relocated to the Pacific Northwest !

Geographic areas served: Southern/Central California, Mexico, Oregon and Washington

Programs: Animals are rescued from high kill shelters in central and southern california and transported to Pacific Northwest rescue organizations where they are re-homed/sheltered. START funds veterinary spay/neuter clinics in underserved communities such as Riverside, Porterville, Lancaster, Palmdate to facilitate free spay/neuter services.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a small group of rescuers in Bakersfield, CA, where dogs are continuously dumped at an alarming rate on the outskirts of town. We save as many of these discarded pups as we can, and Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) has been an INVALUABLE supporter of our work. They have provided funding for vetting, boarding and kennels. They've helped connect us with some incredible rescues and also provided dog food and other much-needed supplies. START has literally helped us save HUNDREDS OF DOGS! We can't say enough good things about them - we love START and highly recommend them!

David T.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Start started me on my path to help spay and neuter dogs and cats, they have helped me save may dogs off the streets and in the shelters. Many lives have been saved because START is there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to help with Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team in a very small capacity of fostering some of the rescue dogs before they go to their forever homes. So from that viewpoint I can see what amazing work these people do. Literally thousands of dogs and cats have been saved from horrendous situations. The START team are tireless in their commitment to save both cats and dogs from certain death and to give them the wonderful life they deserve in happy and loving homes . How they carry on in the face of such adversity is heroic and yet they are tireless in their commitment, kindness and compassion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

START is amazing!!!
They care so much about the animals who need homes, and they go above and beyond to help them find forever homes and happy endings.

After being involved in several adoptions and rescues START has facilitated, I am a firm believer in them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The S.T.A.R.T. Team (Steve and the many people and volunteers involved) go above and beyond to save as many dogs and cats from various horrible situations and are able to give them all a 2nd chance. These people are in it for the long haul for all the precious innocent animals they save.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I found my calling several years ago when I joined the START Rescue Board. START is like no other . . . bringing the abandoned, abused and neglected 4-leggeds to forever homes from shelters, the streets and beyond borders, so many of them at death's door. We are a mighty team relying on all who have room in their hearts to help us save so many by transport and spay neuter. Help us if you can!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago Steve Spiro of START stepped in to rescue our beloved Honey, a dog who was on the brink of being euthanized in a shelter because she had been rejected by her humans when they learned she had a heart murmur. We adopted Honey and she has given our family the best years of our lives! There are many, many of stories like ours because START has given a second chance to thousands of throw away dogs and cats. We will always be grateful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

START is an Incredible non-profit dog rescue and transport. They have helped so many animals. They go Above and Beyond! One case in particular they helped a homeless man get his dog back. After a groomer took him! His dog was all he had. It was Amazing!
They have saved so many animals lives. They deserve 10 stars in my book!
Thank You START for Everything you do to help any animal that comes your way!

Colleen Androvich D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never met a team of such focused, trustworthy go-getters.

They really stick to their principles, truly want what is best for the animals, and they are always interested in finding real solutions and new ways (and partnerships) to help more animals....but without losing sight of the need to offer animals only good quality care. This is so crucial in animal rescue and I admire the START Team for keeping their focus on being a high-quality, fully transparent, rescue organization.

The whole team is in it for all of the right reasons - for the animals. I have been a staff member with START Rescue for 1.5 years and truly admire the team's motivation, resilience, and especially their CARE, concern, and love for animals.

Ellen L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

START does so much for animals. They transport thousands of dogs and cats from high risk shelters in Southern California to no-kill rescue organizations in the north west that don’t have the pet over-population we do here. They provide tens of thousands of free spay and neuter for pets and transport dogs in desperate condition from Mexico. Can’t say enough good about this organization!

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

START is by far one of my favorite animal charities and I know them all! I appreciate that dogs and cats are being rescued by this organization from high-kill shelters and transferred to sister no- kill shelters in the north west where they stand a much better chance of being adopted. Additionally they provide tons of spay and neuter surgeries, preventing thousands of unwanted births in a state inundated with homeless animals. Also this organization is very transparent.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

START is an essential lifeline for the shelter animals across CA. START staff is highly efficient, professional, generous, and caring. I have been honored to work with START over the last couple of years to save the abandoned animals from the overcrowded Stanislaus Animal Services Agency located in Modesto, CA. There are dozens and dozens of happy stories that I remember, however, the story of Tommen and his fluffy companion will always be the dearest to my heart.
Tommen (German Shepherd mix) and his fluffy buddy came to Modesto shelter together, as strays. Few days after the intake, the small, fluffy dog was adopted. Tommen was left behind. He was all alone in his kennel, sad and deflated. His chances to leave the shelter alive were slim. START staff has helped me to find a great rescue for Tommen and transported him to safety. Shortly thereafter, Tommen (now Ziggy) was adopted by a great family and now lives with his best new buddy, a little fluffy dog. :) Ziggy has helped the new family to move on from losing their last dog. START continues to bring lots of love to both animals and people. Thank you START!

Pam M.7

Donor

Rating: 5

START is the best rescue out there! They are kind, compassionate, helpful and caring. If there is a better rescue out there, I challenge anyone to find it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very professional, START saves a huge number of pets every year and fund spay/neuters that families can’t afford for their pets.

Donor

Rating: 5

START is simply an incredible organisation doing truly vital and wonderful work in Los Angeles. We have supported them for many years and will continue to do so.
Please follow them if you do not yet know them ... and please support them if you can.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) is the highest quality non-profit because it delivers on its promise to rescue the maximum dogs and cats as well as provision of free neuter and spay services. The thousands of animals who have been rescued from shelters speak for themselves. California has a glut of unwanted animals for a number of reasons - including non-enforcement of spay and neuter laws. START does what it can to stem the tide - and in doing so has changed the landscape of rescue in Southern California. The thousands of updates of animals successfully transported and given loving homes proves this non-profit has got it right. Their low overhead, all for the animals approach is seen, heard and felt.

Donor

Rating: 5

START walks the walk. They keep overhead very low which insures more of your donation dollar goes to helping animals. No wonder they have saved thousands of lives! Rest assured this charity is the real deal.

Alicia E.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I meet the would-be founders of START when we all were independent rescuers sometime in 2006 or so. We all had passion to do the right thing. Years later, START was founded and surpassed everyone's imagination by transporting and relocating at-risk shelter animals to the Pacific Northwest. They saved many, many of the animals I networked to them. Years later, quite by coincidence and through a mutual friend, we discussed some work I could donate for them. I sent them my resume and 6 1/2 years later, I am proud to be their one full-time employee. This is the best rescue there is. They have saved over 13,000 shelter animals in nine years. They help the underdogs. They have provided over 9,000 spay/neuter procedures to underserved communities. They have a heart as deep as the Grand Canyon. And they are fiscally responsible. Made up of only 6 people, they are "The Little Engine That Could"

1 ccchrissstina

Board Member

Rating: 5

S.T.A.R.T. is the most reputable non profit I have ever worked with. They do what they say they will do, all the while putting the animals first and foremost. The whole S.T.A.R.T. team is committed to their mission of saving and transporting adoptable dogs out of the crowded Los Angeles shelters and the streets of Mexico, to their rescue partner orgs in the Pacific Northwest, which is why it is an honor to serve on their board. I have worked with them in saving many dogs. Each dog and each situation is approached with the same compassion and care. I wish all organizations would operate like S.T.A.R.T.

1 Kelly M.14

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to START at a fundraiser several years ago. It really is amazing what they do...transport adoptable dogs to areas that have the demand for those dogs with loving families. Steve, Rene, and Candace have spend their entire lives since 2011 organizing this mission and have saved so many pups lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

START Rescue is an exceptional rescue. They are compassionate, honest, and transparent. We rescued two Furkids from them and we were Very pleased with their professionalism.

1 Gina M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

START is made up of the most passionate, kind and strong people that I have ever met. They see a need and go straight toward it and won’t stop until they achieve their goal. From spay neuter clinics, to life saving missions, Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team is more than a rescue. They are heart and soul. I am proud to be a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team ("START") is the leading California Rescue Organization to SAVE our rescues from California's High-Kill shelters and to get them all spayed/neutered. We transport those on the euthanasia lists to our partners in the Pacific Northwest where they're immediately adopted out to loving forever homes. Our spay/neuter programs fund spay/neuters in California's underserved communities monthly . . . and, with your support, often more.

Please support us! www.startrescue.org

Client Served

Rating: 5

It’s the best rescue group out there! I adopted my dog from them, they’re very professional and all about helping animals.