About START Rescue

SHELTER TRANSPORT ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM (START) was founded in 2011 by three compassionate people who set out to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.


Animals Transported to Date by START Rescue

Next Transport: Dec. 8, 2021

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START transports monthly to our vetted contracted partners in the Pacific Northwest from California shelters and rescuers in Mexico. This is a huge task with many steps to get our four-legged passengers to safety.

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To date START has funded over 11,000 Spay/Neuter surgeries and with your support, we continue to increase this number.


There is no better gift than The Gift of Life!

Give a gift donation to START to Friends and Family this holiday season! 

You will be providing the Gift of Life to a Shelter Animal. Please provide ample time for mailing.

START will mail a handwritten personalized holiday card to your recipient, honoring them with a donation in their name.

Meet The Beast

Every month our customized 38 foot outfitted bus transports up to 150 animals that we’ve pulled from local shelters to the Pacific Northwest for a second chance at life.


Your support saves lives.

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) breaks the chain of euthanasia occurring in California’s overflowing animal shelters by (1) tackling the issue of companion animal overpopulation through community spay and neuter efforts and (2) compassionate long-distance transports to adoption friendly, no-kill, START-SAFE rescue organizations. 

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