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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

27 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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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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3

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!!!

2

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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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.

4 sgessler

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Margie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.