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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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 40+ 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

Direct beneficiaries per year: We successfully adopted many homeless cats and dogs. Animals were also pulled from high kill shelters and saved from euthanasia.

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.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would give this organization 100 stars if I could. They are the most amazing, loving, kind hearted group of people I have ever met. A cat I had adopted through them a few years ago developed a health problem, and I was very distraught. I turned to PAWS for guidance on what to do and they immediately came to our aid. With their assistance I now have my pet back home with me healthy and happy. They literally saved his life. I truly believe had it not been for their help he would not be alive today. I will forever be indebted to them, and plan to donate my time in the future. If you are considering donating time or money I would highly recommend this non-profit. They are Angels on Earth and well deserving of your support.

Neil D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for PAWS Montclair and work on the website and other projects that revolve around it. Over the years, the organization has faced challenges. They have always progressed and adapted to overcome them. One thing is certain; they've stayed true to their mission and continue to help animals in need, and provide help to the community. From the top down, board members to the volunteers, they are all caring, compassionate and dedicated to the cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer that helps PAWS with their website and other online projects. I have been exposed to the many of the success stories that have developed from this group's dedicated, caring volunteers, as the follow their mission. I'm proud I can be there to assist their demanding work. But, I must say that PAWS was there when I needed them. Many heartfelt thanks to all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS Montclair is such a fantastic organization! I worked with PAWS when doing a benefit concert for them. President Carole Michales was extremely supportive and down-to-earth. PAWS Montclair made the benefit concert such an amazing experience.

2 Kristina16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with PAWS since 2001. In that time I cannot the number of animals we have helped as well as the wonderful people we have met and helped along the way!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We fostered 10 dogs with PAWS, what a great group! They really love these animals and are very careful in their selection of forever homes!! Can't say enough great things!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a doll of a puppy from PAWS of Montclair, his name is Noah. We have had him now for 6 weeks and couldn't be any happier with him. PAWS is a great organization to deal with!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is run by a group of experienced and dedicated volunteers, working hard to match people with animals best suited for them. Proud I can assist.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue to foster for- not only because of the lives of the animals they save and carefully place into loving homes but also because of the support they provide for the volunteers who foster. They want the very best for these animals in every way-from providing the BEST veterinary care before adoption to matching up the dogs correctly with potential adopters so it's a win-win for all! It's a sincere pleasure to foster for such a great rescue organization. They have the dog's true interest at heart always!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and board member of PAWS Montclair, and I am grateful that we can continue our mission of saving and helping abandoned animals in need. PAWS has been active in the community for almost 40 years! We often take animals that other rescues -- the older dogs and cats, those that need special medical care -- but we know there is a home out there for these animals. Many of our adopters stay in touch with us over the years. We are lucky to have a core group of volunteers and foster homes who are always there to help when needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted my first PAWS cats in 1989 and have been involved ever since. This group is so dedicated and passionate about helping animals, and its mission remains to rescue, shelter, vet, and find great new homes for those animals who are abandoned and homeless. Aside from my duties of President of the Board, I manage the dog-side of our rescue, networking with other rescues, pulling dogs from death row at high kill facilities, sheltering and getting them to the vet, and preparing them for their new forever homes. We spend countless hours in many capacities -- hands on with the dogs, working with the trainer, meeting potential adopters, attending adoption events, screening every applicant and doing home visits to be sure our dogs find the home that best suits their needs. We also reach out to the community, helping with all types of dog-related issues, presenting to schools and other groups interested in our mission. There is no better feeling to us than when we leave the new adoptive home after the final home visit, as we know this dog, once marked for death at another facility, will live out his or her years with a loving family. Our cat group works very hard to do the same for the many cats and kittens they rescue and rehome, and they are at adoption events every weekend at several venues, and they are always answering calls, emails, and helping people wherever they can. I am proud of all the PAWS volunteers and board members all we have accomplished as a group, and I am very grateful to our supporters!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am a volunteer for Pound animal Welfare Society of Montclair. I have volunteered for many non Profit Animal rescues in the past. What makes PAWS Of Montclair Special to me is that when I pick up there dogs at the meeting spots to pick up the rescued PAWS has pulled from these High Kill Shelters, they are dogs that have been overlooked because of there age, breed, looks, medical attention they might or will need etc. They are truly a great organization!! I see other rescue's there picking up puppies (very easily adopted by others because they are puppies) small breed dogs , young healthy dogs etc. PAWS rescues the old, the sick, large dogs pretty much a dog that others consider "non Adoptable" and gives these dogs a chance, where they do everything humanly possible to get the "throw aways" Non adoptables a good loving home something these dogs have never seen a good life they deserve. They go that extra mile for each and every dog in there care.