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Nonprofit Overview

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 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

Direct beneficiaries per year: adopt many homeless cats and dogs.

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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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!!!!!

1 beanie1018

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our pup Lacie from Pound Animal Welfare and they are a wonderful rescue. They saved my pups mom when she was pregnant and to be euthanized. We are so grateful for everyone at PAWS. We would definitely consider adopting from them again in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our American Staffordshire mix pup from this non-profit animal shelter group. The group is filled with amazing people that care for animals. I'm so glad I found them on Petfinder.com. Our dog Lacie is an angel and we wouldn't trade her for the world.

2 Cindy181

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Carly11

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Comments ( 1 )

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pawswebmaster 07/12/2015

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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. -

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1 Tonia W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS staff loves the animals and tries to place them with people who will do the same. I appreciate that they are so careful in placing animals with humans who might share lives with them. The care that cats and dogs receive while waiting to be adopted is excellent as is availability and follow-up, if necessary.

I have adopted cats from PAWS and will continue to do so. They are my source!

1 Hillary R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group includes some of the most dedicated, hard-working and compassionate people I have ever met. I have known several of them for many years, and my mom adopted a cat from PAWS. I know there are a lot of great rescues out there, which is very much appreciated, but this group is one at at the top of that list! The sacrifices they make, the way they jump into action to help at a moment's notice and their long-standing dedication are a credit to the world of rescue, and animals in need, everywhere.

1 Karen270

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is an amazing group of dedicated, knowledgeable and extremely compassionate volunteers. I recently adopted a kitten from PAWS, a little stray who was being fed in someone's backyard but needed a home. PAWS trapped the kitty and had her spayed. Volunteer Kristina picked her up from my home early in the morning, took her to be spayed before she went to work, then brought my new cat back to me later that day because she knew I couldn't as I care for my elderly mother.

If only there were more organizations like PAWS!