Pound Animal Welfare Society Of Montclair Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   69 reviews

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.
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(973) 746-5212
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

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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.

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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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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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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

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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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

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Definitely

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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

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Definitely

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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.

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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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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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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

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Definitely

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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.

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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

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Definitely

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2012

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These guys are the best. Their facility is clean and organized. If you find I stray they don't turn you away. They actually help you with finding a place. I have 4 PAWS cats. They do their homework and check up on the dog or cat they adopted out because they really do care. This place rocks.

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

Nothing

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

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Definitely

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2013

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I have been a volunteer with PAWS since 2001 and in that time, the number of animals we have rescued and rehomed is amazing; We continue to do this work every day and we are lucky to meet so many wonderful people that help us do this work; Without the fosters, supporters and adopters, we could never do this work!

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

Have more people donate so we could always continue this 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

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Definitely

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2013

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I first started volunteering for PAWS in 2001; mainly outside events, like the holiday bazaar and wrapping for Barnes and Nobles- then in 2003 I found a stray and brought him to PAWS; I started working part time at the shelter in February of 2004 and continued through until Dec 31st, 2008, when we moved. I am now a volunteer who assists in all aspects of kitten/cat adoptions. I am very dedicated to PAWS and helping the animals of the world. The people I have met through PAWS, the adopters and the pets I have been able to rescue because of PAWS has been amazing. Dr Cameron and his staff help us to do the work that we do, without him, we would not be able to do this! So many animals are better off because of the work we do at 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?

2012

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