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Summit Animal Rescue Association (SARA)

volunteer animal rescue

Summit Animal Rescue Association (SARA, Inc.) is a non-profit organization with locations in North and Central New Jersey. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax-deductible.

Our mission is to rescue cats, dogs, or any animal in need, provide them with medical attention, rehabilitate them, and provide a temporary loving environment until we find
a permanent home through adoption.  In addition, we have hands-on volunteers who
help N.J. residents spay and neuter feral cats to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens in shelters.

SARA has a proven track record for saving lives.  Through our tireless efforts we have found homes for over 500 animals a year since we began in 2002. Our entire staff is made up of volunteers; we work with veterinarians who give us discounted rates and we do not spend any money on advertising, so 100% of all donations go directly to the care and feeding of the animals we save. If you would like to see some of the cats we are offering for adoption, visit our adoptions page or go to www.sararescue.petfinder.com.


We are not a traditional shelter. All of our rescued animals are fostered in loving homes and are shown during pet adoption days at two local Petco locations.

Please see our Contact page for more information.

If you would like to make a donation, please click below or send a check to
P. O. Box 124, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.



S.A.R.A. South
By appointment only.
Contact Mary @ 732-236-9305

S.A.R.A. North
Pet Valu
300 South Avenue
Garwood, N.J.
Sat: 10-2 pm

Pet Valu
977 Valley Road
Gillette, N.J.
Sat: 12-3 pm


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Success Stories



Nestle lived in Oregon with her loving owner, an elderly woman. Due to illness moving was a must. Once at the new location, the owner was forced to give up Nestle due to allergies. She was devastated! Nestle was sad at first in her new foster home but adjusted quickly. After a few months, an inquiry was made by Michelle from Pennsylvania. Michelle traveled 3 hours to visit Nestle and fell in love! Today Nestle lives in a beautiful home with Michelle, Sheldon and Daisy where she is spoiled rotten! She spends her days kneading, purring, lounging with Daisy, watching birds and loving the loads of love and affection her new family gives her!


Pebbles & Bam Bam

Pebbles and BamBam were born in a hoarders home, a litter of four. The hoarder paid no attention to the kittens as mamma was present to care for the babies. However, one day when the babies were just four weeks old, the hoarder came home to find two of the four dead. The other two were very sick with an upper respiratory infection. BamBam was so sick that his one eye had ruptured and he had severe infection in the other eye. SARA rescued the remaining two kittens. They were not able to eat from a bottle and had to be syringe fed around the clock for three days. At that point the medicine and constant feedings paid off and they started eating on their own.

Nine weeks later they are very healthy and ready to be adopted. Although BamBam is totally blind, he will be adopted with his sister to a wonderful home that is ready to take on a special needs kitten.



Five years ago, I came home from North Carolina one Thanksgiving and there he was on my back deck. I opened the door and he walked in like he had always lived here. He was malnourished and his fur was in need of a major grooming. We had the vet check him over and other than having three teeth pulled, he was given a clean bill of health and updated on his vaccinations. We listed him on Petfinder and 3 months later his new Mommy Elizabeth drove up to Old Bridge from Philadelphia to meet Zeus. She fell head over heels in love and Zeus has been a king in his new castle ever since!


Our own volunteer, Karyn Sochacki, has written a wonderful book!

What's Wrong With A Black Cat? is a colorful and delightful children's picture book, and a wonderful adventure story that teaches young readers not only about love for animals, but also valuable truths about the importance of internal character versus the superficiality of external beauty.

Amazon ($15.99)
Amazon (Kindle) ($3.99)
Xlibris ($15.99)


Above are just a few kitties who now have loving homes.
For all of the wonderful cats we have up for adoption, click hereOr, GET INVOLVED! Here are a few ways how:

Volunteer Your Time 

Volunteers are always needed and are very welcome not only during our Pet Adoption Days on Saturdays, but also in the daily care of the cats and kittens being housed at Petco.  We have frequent off-site events and fundraisers throughout the year that can always benefit by an extra, animal-loving hand.


If you would like to adopt a cat, please download the application, fill it out and return via email to Mary Roland at mjeroland@gmail.com.

Foster Homes 

Being a foster home is a fantastic experience. Foster homes are always needed to work with cats and kittens, for long and short-term periods, depending on the needs of the animal and the time it takes to socialize them into adoptable pets. If you would like to foster a cat, please download the application, fill it out and return via email to Mary Roland at mjeroland@gmail.com.

Be an Angel

We desperately need people with big hearts willing to take in an FIV positive cat or kitten. Many of these cats will live long, healthy lives. Please note that FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs, and under the right circumstances, FIV positive cats can live with non-infected cats.  Our precious Wendy, in the photograph above, is the subject of just such a success story!

Make a Donation

We must be able to pay all of our veterinary expenses for the animals we help. Checks can be made payable to S.A.R.A., Inc. and you can mail them to S.A.R.A., Inc., P.O. Box 124, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.

Leaving a Lasting Gift

Please consider a bequest in your Will or Trust Agreement that would enable S.A.R.A., Inc. to continue their work in the rescue and rehabilitation of those who cannot fend for themselves.


Contact Us

We do not have a shelter. All our animals are fostered in loving homes and are brought on pet adoption days to (4) locations around New Jersey:

S.A.R.A. South

Adoptions in Old Bridge, NJ are by appointment only.
If you are interested in adopting, please call Mary at (732) 236-9305.

S.A.R.A. North

Petco (Blue Star Shopping Center, Route 22 West)
Watchung, N.J.
Sat & Sun: 11-4 pm
If you are interested in adopting, please call Betty “B” at (908) 464-1203.
(By appointment only)

Pet Valu (300 South Avenue)
Garwood, N.J.
Sat: 11-3 pm

Pet Valu
977 Valley Road
Gillette, N.J.
Sat: 11-3 pm

If you are interested in adopting, please call Bonnie at (908) 337-1366.

Or, if you would prefer to contact our group via email, please do so below.

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