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Pound Animal Welfare Society Of Montclair Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   69 reviews 2,288

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

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.

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(973) 746-5212
http://www.pawsmontclair.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I first found PAWS through Petfinder when I was searching for a pet kitten. I contacted the organization and spoke to someone regarding my interest in the kitten. They kindly asked me to fill out the application and once I sent it in, it was reviewed and approved. The kittens were in a foster home a town over from mine and Kristina from the shelter asked me when I was available to pick them up. It was the day before Thanksgiving but I was SO excited, I asked if I could go see them then - she asked the foster and the foster said yes! I went to her house and it was very clean and spacious - perfect for kittens to run around! She let them out, and I picked out the only male available, his name was Blue. The foster asked Kristina if I was allowed to take the kitten that night and she said yes, he was old enough to go home. So surprisingly, I got to take my kitten home! I kept in contact with Kristina from PAWS for a couple of weeks and they were immensely helpful and made the transition so much easier for my kitten. They gave me so much information about kitten care and the types of litter and food they were already on and how to change them onto different food if needed. Another great thing about my PAWS experience is that my kitten needed veterinary care within the first couple of weeks of having him and they actually paid for the vaccinations and medications needed. It was an amazing beginning to my life with Blue (I kept his name ) and he is a friendly, happy and snuggly cat! Thank you PAWS!!

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I reached out to PAWS because I was hoping to one day adopt a cat but wasn't sure if I was ready to commit to caring for one for a lifetime and also wasn't sure if I was cut out for it. I had never owned a cat in my adult life, but had one as a child. I filled out an application including all of this information and Kristina, a rescue volunteer, quickly reached out to me. She called me, asked me what qualities I was looking for in a new housemate. She said she had the perfect cat in mind and boy was she right. My cat Sebastian was Ferral, born in the wild but found early on. When I met him he was a year and a half and had already been through many many foster homes simply because he doesn't get along with other cats. She warned me that he bites sometimes, but in a playful way. I took him home that day and I have never been more grateful. Kristina texted me everyday asking for photos and updates on how he was doing. I really felt like I could (and did) call her anytime of the day for advice if I needed it. A few months after I took him home, he was trying to pee on the floor and he couldn't. He wasn't crying, seemed ok otherwise, but I figured (at 10:00pm on a Wednesday) I should probably mention it to Kristina just to be sure it's not something serious. She tells me to my total and utter surprise that he has to go to the animal hospital immediately and could die if we wait until morning. And according to the Vet, he would've. If I didn't have Kristina, Sebastian would have died. She was so welcoming and attentive to me and Sebastian, that I felt comfortable bothering her about something that seemed so insignificant. It's her kindness and caring attitude that saved my cats life. The personal attention PAWS gives to their animals even after they're gone is incredible, and it saved my cats life. I am eternally grateful and proud to call my kitty a PAWS Pet, because they're the best kind.

 
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I adopted two kitten brothers recently through PAWS. You can tell they really care for their animals and followed up with me afterward. Very responsive to emails and photos I have sent and are genuinely concerned about the welfare of their animals, even after adoption.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

We've adopted several cats from PAWS over the years- each time they have helped us pick a cat that will fir in with our family- a cat whose life they have saved - a cat who probably would have died if they hadn't stepped in - we are eternally greatful

 
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PAWS is so grateful to have families such as your open their hearts and homes. Ultimately it's you and alike saving these lives by giving them loving homes.

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I have adopted several animals from PAWS - their volunteers do a great job of matching animals to homes- and they foster so they know the animals personality. They do an awful lot with very little money and are always helpful and caring. -

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

get them more money and grants

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I've adopted several cats from PAWS - their volunteers are absolutely wonderful. We see them at the Montclair Farmer's market, on the Montclair Watercooler and on facebook working both social media and face-to-face introductions of the animals. We currently have 2 cats that came from PAWS ***Yeager*** a large male orange tabby who was named Farley and ***Eliza*** who stayed Eliza.

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?

2012

 
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PAWS is truly dedicated to turning around the lives of the animals it rescues and fosters. The volunteers invest personal time and resources to achieving their goals. Their only desire is to do more for more.

 
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I started volunteering, walking dogs, for PAWS in 2001. No animal is turned away because of their breed or age. The board members and volunteers dedicate many of their hours helping the dogs and cats that come to PAWS. There are adoptions days, the holiday bazaar, yard sales, comedy night, Barnes & Noble gift wrapping to help raise money, to take care of the animals until they are adopted. It's a lot of work, but so rewarding when an animal goes to it's new home. I am proud to be a member of this team. I am a pet parent of Angelo, a former PAWS dog.

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?

2015

 
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I started volunteering, wrapping gifts at Barnes & Noble, for PAWS in 2001 and volunteered at the Holiday Bazaar the same year. Then I started walking dogs on the weekends and I noticed how many animals were being adopted. The staff and volunteers were great with the animals and the people that came in. I also noticed that PAWS was open 365 days a year! I thought, that is dedication!!! I began working part time as the receptionist in Nov. 2004 - Dec. 31, 2008 when PAWS relocated. So many volunteers are there much longer than I am. Many times I was there after closing because someone wanted to see an animal and was coming after work. So many PAWS animals have gotten new homes with people who love and care for them. I've been co-chairperson for the Holiday Bazaar for the last 10 years and I've organized the PAWS yard sale for the last several years. What a wonderful organization to be a part of. My fantastic dog, Angelo, was adopted from PAWS 9 years ago!

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

Find a way to get more financial help for PAWS.

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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1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for Paws of Montclair, NJ and find them to be a wonderful organization. I love the fact that they do no overlook dogs because of there age, looks, breed and most of all if they need some kind of medical attention.

 
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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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