SHELTER TRANSPORT ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

aka START RESCUE   |   Valley Village, CA   |  www.startrescue.org

Mission

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START) founded in 2011, is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to reducing the euthanasia of adoptable animals in California shelters. Our programs focus on transporting/relocating dogs from high euthanasia shelters in Southern and Central California to vetted rescue partners and humane societies in the Pacific Northwest. To date, we have transported/relocated over 13,300 at-risk animals. We also fund spay and neuter surgeries for low income residents in underserved communities to help reduce the numbers of unwanted litters. To date, START has provided over 9,000 procedures in these communities.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Steve Spiro

Treasurer and Co-founder

Mrs. Rene Ruston

Main address

PO BOX 4792

Valley Village, CA 91617 USA

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EIN

45-4258426

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

START aims to reduce the intake and euthanasia in high kill shelters in Central and Southern California in two ways; by providing spay and neuter assistance to low income residents and communities which will help by reducing the intake at the shelters and by transporting/relocating animals to our vetted partners in the Pacific Northwest where they will be adopted into loving families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spay/Neuter Programs for Underserved Communities

We fund 90-100 surgeries per month in several underserved communities such as Lancaster, Palmdale, Riverside and Porterville CA. for low income residents to get their animals sterilized. We also serve individuals on a case-by-case basis who are not in these communities that contact us. We have never turned a request down.

By spaying and neutering these animals, we are helping ensure that their offspring do not enter the already overpopulated and high euthanasia shelters in our area.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

START provides $1,000.00 monthly funding to a local Cat 501C3 Rescue so they are able to pledge and rescue shelter
cats and kittens endangered of being euthanized.

Population(s) Served
Adults

START provides limited seed funding ($50.00 to $1000.00) to rescue groups in email networking to help
rescue local shelter animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

START provides funding to individuals outside target areas for spay and neuter, vaaccinations and emergency medical needs. We seek proper medical care and pay the vet directly.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

We like to share funding with our rescue partner partners. Without them these animals would not have a safe haven. Ocassionally some animals are later diagnosed with medical or behaviorial issues. This funding is an appreciation to our partners and helps covers this instances.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Beyond Borders is small program to help the dogs of Tecate, Tijuana, and Uruapan, Mexico and to save dogs from the South Korean dog meat markets. Dedicated and courageous rescuers assist in getting these dogs into the United States to be rehomed and ask as ambassadors. While what START does is a drop in the bucket, every life is precious and we do what we are able to.

Population(s) Served
Adults

START transports/relocates up to 150 animals from high kill shelters in California to fully vetted partners in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) by utilizing our customized Animal Transport Vehicle 38ft RV known as "The Beast" . The Beast has two team long haul drivers, a pet attendant, an on call vet, wifi, running water, 86 crates, 2 AC units, emergency supplies to ethically transport our precious cargo.

Population(s) Served
Adults

START has a small yet vibrant adoption program. This consists of shelter animals that are either highly adoptable or can not go on transport because of age, medical or behavior. They are boarded at various board/train facilities. START brings those animals to optimum level by supplying medical, or training or proper homes for seniors and special needs animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

START Transport/Relocation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Since START’s founding in 2011 to date, more than 13,307 dogs (and 954 cats) have been saved from high kill shelters by dedicated staff and volunteers and transported to the Pacific Northwest.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

START Transport/Relocation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These rescued animals; unable to go on transport for health, age, or behavior. They were at our preferred hands-on-boarding facility where they received love, medical/hospice, training or adoption.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

START Transport/Relocation Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We received grants prestigous grantors: ASPCA, PetSmart,Pedigree Foundation,Mary Jo & Hank Greenberg Animal Foundation, Bissell Foundation, Greater Good, Schlinger Chrisman Grant, Athletes for Animals

Number of animal clinics/shelters improved as a direct result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

START Transport/Relocation Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

START rescues an average of 100-160 animals monthly from San Jacinto, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia,Delano,Modesto, Wasco CA, local shelters/rescue groups, Tecate/Tijuana Mexico shelters/rescuers.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

START's main focus is transport/relocation and Spay/Neuter. We have a robust small adoption program. All require applications, home checks & adoption contracts (with a return option for life)

Number of Spay/Neuter Surgeries preformed to low-income or underserved population

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Programs for Underserved Communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

START's Spay/Neuter Program provides Low/No Cost services to underserved CA communities in FOUR designated areas programs (Riverside, Delano, Porterville, Antelope Valley) and individual requests.

Number of area Spay and Neuter programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Programs for Underserved Communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

START's S/N program serve Riverside & Porterville and Delano Shelters, Antelope Valley & Beyond, and special Spay/Neuter days/events. We respond to every needy individual that asked for help.

Number of outreach "Beyond Borders" programs and who they serve

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Beyond Borders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

START's "Beyond Borders" program assists dogs from Tijuana & Tecate Mexico. The program also helps rescue dogs from the meat markets of South Korea with the courageous assistance of rescuers there.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Currently, START provides spay and neuter assistance for low income, homeless populations in underserved communities for over 1,400 animals annually in Riverside, San Jacinto, Lancaster, Porterville, Delano, CA. Our goal is to increase that number and locations so we can assist more local residents in the sterilization of their animals.
Each month we rescue 100-160 animals from overcrowded shelters and transport to relocate them to our vetted contracted rescue partners in the Pacific Northwest where they have a better chance at being adopted due to less animal population.

START's transport relocation program is at the heart of the work being done by staff and volunteers and thus all efforts are built into the organization's annual budget with targeted fundraising goals to ensure its sustainability set by the governing board yearly. Contributions from individual donors make-up approximately 35-45% of the current START Transport/Relocation Program and 50% of the Spay/Neuter Program. Giving rates have increased by 2% every year since START's founding. START's fund development team maintains a small robust database of active supporters whose passion for animals direct their philanthropic giving interests. Through targeted fundraising efforts and direct communication with executive staff members, these relationships are cultivated and new ones formed to ensure the sustainability of our key projects.

To increase and diversify revenue to the efforts and other key initiatives of the transport program, START has developed a social enterprise component of the organization funding strategy. START has a vigorous promotion campaigns, including "Buy A Seat On The Bus", where donors buy seats for dogs and cats to be rescued and recieve a bus ticket, and then later on, a handwritten thank you card with a photo from the dog or cat they saved. There is also the "In Celebration" promotion, where donors can gift a donation for any circumstance or ocassion. "Remember Me, I Live in Your Heart", contains a virtual candle that can be lit in memory of a pet also includes individual web page with photos and stories that can be shared.

START supporters have been able to purchase T-shirts on the organization website. Other merchandise including mugs, tote bags, caps, and other branded items have been added. START supporters are now able to purchase donated goods at the START Resale For Rescue Store opened December 2016 in Sherman Oaks, CA. All proceeds fund our lifesaving programs so come check out the wonderful treasures and/or donate your new or gently used items. Shop and Save Lives! 4521 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91403.

START has a Growth & Sustainability Administrator whose primary task is to seek major gifts from foundations and high-profile individuals while also constructing proposals for consideration for public sources like government agencies at the city, county, state, and federal levels.

Our robust website contains member discounted offers that benefit START as well as National Resource Guide which also contains Financial Aid listings. In March 2017, START launched “The Beast," a 38-foot motorhome that was retrofitted into a state of the art Animal Transport Vehicle for our Transport/Relocation Program.This was done to increase transport populattion while also providing comfortable and sanitary conditions. This project took over nine months of careful research and construction by an animal transport specialist.

START's capabilities for meeting our goals are simple. We have no overhead. We have one paid full-time employee.
We are a small group of six that does amazing things. START is very much like "The Little Engine that Could" Our donors are not only from California, that are National and International. They are a very loyal and dedicated group of people. We have transported/relocated approximately 1,500+ animals per year, and that is only the transport numbers.

Our capabilities are our passion, what else could explain our success with so few people involved?

Nearly eight years later, our START Transport/Relocation Program has transcended our wildest dreams, filling us with great pride to motivate us even further. Over 11,500 Dogs and over 600 cats have been saved and rehomed in the Pacific Northwest!!! We would like to increase the number of monthly life saving transports from one to two regular transports. Each transport saves between 100 to 160 lives. the Beast, our Customized RV securely fits different sized crates to insure safety and maximum use of space and utilize team drivers and a Pet Attendant to provide for the animals needs while on transport.

START will continue to achieve this by adding more transports between California and Pacific Northwest receiving partners with more space to accommodate Southern and Central California's ever growing population of unwanted dogs and cats. We are also seeking more rescue partners to receive our animals.

We have provided annually over 1,300 spay and neuter procedures. Additionally, we have reached out to those in need, helping them with medical bills so they can continue to keep their pets. We have rescued from the streets and shelters of Tijuana and Tecate Mexico, several hundred very lucky dogs. We saved South Korean dogs from the dog meat factories and flew them in to California to act as ambassadors and spread the word.

We want to continue this work, opening more doors and saving more lives and help people to keep their companion animals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Emails,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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SHELTER TRANSPORT ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

Board of directors
as of 1/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Spiro

Rene Ruston

Coldwall Banker

Phillip Gharabegian

Fox Sports Media Group

Talitha Wegner

Davies - Wegner Law Offices

Christina Snyder

Philanthropist

Dean Theodore

Entrepreneur

Linda Raznick

Co-Founder of The Rutter Group/Philanthropist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.