POUND ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY OF MONTCLAIR INC

Rating: 4.98 stars   62 reviews 1,366

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 149 Montclair NJ 07042 USA

Mission: PAWS (Pound Animal Welfare Society of Montclair, Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and finding homes for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in our community.
Results: In our 37+ years of service to the community, PAWS has developed much expertise and a wonderful network of caring people, enabling us to be a highly responsive and flexible animal rescue group. We strive to answer every call and email in a timely manner, and offer guidance and alternatives to keep animals in their home, or when necessary, find a new home. We currently maintain two small sanctuaries – one for dogs and one for cats – which, along with our strong fostering network, enable us to continue sheltering a limited number of animals in need. At any given time, we typically can care for up to 8 dogs and 50 cats and kittens.
Target demographics: homeless pets
Geographic areas served: Montclair, NJ - Essex County, NJ
Programs: PAWS focuses on “rescue” and “reduce” through careful adoption, fostering, and humane education. The initiative expands our ability for: finding animals good, appropriate, forever homes; preventing warehousing and/or euthanizing adoptable animals; changing public consciousness about the value of animals and our responsibilities to them; helping address the puppy mills issue; and promoting spay/neuter.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 22-2133963
(973) 746-5212
http://www.pawsmontclair.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with P aws since 2001. I have also adopted two dogs and several cats from Paws. Paws works very hard to find good homes for our dogs and cats. We get our dogs and cats as strays, surrenders and from kill shelters. It is very rewarding working as a volunteer for Paws.

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I started volunteering for PAWS in 2001. I walked dogs and helped socialize cats. Mushy was the my first success story. She was adopted but her owner was unable to keep her so she came back to PAWS. When we could not get her a new home, I adopted her. When she came to PAWS, you could not pet her. Now she is a total lap cat. PAWS volunteers have helped many cats like Mushy learn to trust people and eventually find a home. I have 3 cats that I adopted from PAWS. Now I help with cat adoptions on Saturdays at Petco. I help at the bazaar, the yard sales and with different fundraisers. I enjoy volunteering with PAWS as I have had the opportunity to help many dogs and cats who just want to be loved and to give love in return. When you adopt a homeless cat or dog, you are the biggest winner.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

PAWS really cares about doing the right thing for the cats and dogs rescued, and puts significant effort into finding good homes. And PAWS helps at-risk animals that may get overlooked elsewhere. The volunteers are the best and work tirelessly.

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I adopted 2 wonderful companions from PAWS in 2003 and joined the board in 2011. PAWS is a volunteer organization and it amazes me how tirelessly they work, giving of their own time and money. PAWS operates on a shoe-string budget, yet remains dedicated to its mission of helping at-risk dogs and cats regardless of breed or age, and trying to "strike at the root" of problems by supporting spay/neuter and humane education.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for PAWS and joined the Board in March 2011. This group has been highly effective in saving dogs and cats. The volunteers and foster network are amazingly dedicated and responsive. PAWS gives countless animals - many at risk from kill shelters or other difficult situations - a chance for a good life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted three litter mates from them a few months ago. I have never met a more caring, devoted group of people. The love they show the animals was obvious from the get go. We have been blessed to share our home with many cats over the years, but I must say that this group of kittens did not need any type of adjustment time. They were so well socialized, they bonded with us immediately. The fact that the PAWS volunteers foster animals in their homes, makes all the difference. I tell everyone about PAWS if I hear they want to adopt.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with PAWS since 2001; in that time, we have helped countless animals find loving homes; PAWS helps animals that many people turn their back on; we have also spent a lot of time helping the community to help them keep their own animals, to rehome animals when needed and to educated the community at large about animals and animal related issues. We are a very dedicated group who spends countless hours helping homeless animals. We also form lasting relationships with our adopters helping them even after they adopt and being available for questions or concerns. We have made a lot of friends though PAWS. They are a wonderful, caring group of volunteers!

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Over the 13 years I have volunteered at PAWS, we have rescued hundreds of animals. The core group of volunteers we have are very dedicated and we try to help as many people and animals as we can. It is very hard work but the end result always make up for all the blood, sweat and tears we put into these animals!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more foster homes!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As 2015 progresses, I see the PAWS efforts continue in a caring and committed direction. The dedication of the volunteers, members and their Board of Directors is to be commended. They continue to move forward, facilitating pet adoption for stray and abandoned cats and dogs, promoting responsible pet ownership and advocating the humane treatment of animals.

I assist with the website and internet presence and hope my efforts play a small part in the bigger picture.

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Years ago, I adopted a beautiful cat from PAWS in Montclair. At the time they needed some help with their web presence, so I volunteered to assist. I continue to do volunteering with their web related tasks.

I remain impressed with the level of commitment and dedication to their mission of finding homes for stray and abandoned cats and dogs. They have rescued and re-homed many cats and dogs that faced dire circumstances; changing certain death to happy endings for so many.

So many thanks to all of you for the hard work you do to achieve these successes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek out a generous donor to contribute new, centralized shelter facility to expand their capabilities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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As a volunteer, I continue to assist with PAWS website and internet presence. Over the past year + since my last review, I continue to be impressed and thankful to all the hard work and successes by PAWS members and their supporters. They've found many homes for so many cats and dogs, and created happy endings where there would have been none.

I am proud to assist in this small way to promote this organization's hard work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am a volunteer that works on the PAWS website as well as assist with other web related tasks. I am proud to have done a small part to assist with community awareness, make contacts that lead to dog and cat adoptions, and promote fundraising efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having adopted a cat in the past.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help create a new central facility in Montclair.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It helped me know that were happy outcomes for many animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like contributed a small part tho the bigger picture.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with PAWS for over 15 years and believe it to be one of the best animal rescue organizations "paws down". PAWS has helped animals for over 30 years and is at it full blown.
Animal rescue is 24/7 and that is the approach the volunteers take, year round.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been involved with PAWS and part of their 'cat group' for 15 years. From the moment I first "stepped into the shelter when we had the building it became a huge part of my life. "PAWS people really go above and beyond to help whatever comes our way. We repeatedly hear that we were the first to respond or a lot of the times the only ones to help in a personal way to either help directly or point them in the right direction. Although we are not animal control, we go on-sight to rescue animals, visit people's home to discuss their rescue needs and deliver their adopted cats or dogs! We invest our time and resources into saving lives and helping people with their companion and stray animals. We dedicate many ours each week day responding to rescue calls and doing community outreach and can be physically seen with our animals at our adoption events which take place each weekend at multiple locations.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

My name is richard d. Im an animal control officer with 18 years experience. I got my start with PAWS back in 1997. I now work in northern bergen county, but I will never forget paws for helping me get my foot in the door.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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1 person found this review helpful

I have fostered for PAWS for several years. My contact, Kristina O is the best. She spends many hours of her personal time tirelessly looking for suitable adopters. She ensures the cats and kittens she brings to adoption events are in peak health, having been tested, given shots and are parasite-free.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to clone Kristina.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Paws since 2001. I have adopted 2 dogs and several cats from Paws. I continue to work with Paws because of the care and love given to all the dogs and cats before they find their forever homes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been a volunteer with Paws since 2001. I have also adopted a dog and 3 cats from Paws. No animals are written off because they are initially fearful of humans. I can attest to that because I adopted a cat who was initially unpettable..She is a lap cat now who loves to be petted. Thanks to Paws, she and other animals like her get a second chance.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We got a cat from PAWS. They let us bring our dog to the facility so that they could meet to see if they could live together and be friends. We felt supported throughout the process.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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