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Pound Animal Welfare Society Of Montclair Inc.

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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 41+ 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

102 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost our beloved cat last winter we waited almost a year until we were ready for a new furry family member. We went to the "Clear the Shelter Event" and we adopted a cat and kitten. Our cat was shy and had been feral so not so willing to be touched, our kitten was a bundle of need and enthusiasm. It was a difficult few weeks. Not only does this shelter help when you adopt, but Jen has been with us every step of the way. To say that she went above and beyond would be just a massive understatement. It took about 4 weeks and this weekend for the first time we feel how much love our furry companions bring to our house. They are filled with mischief and fun. We could not love them more. Thank you Montclair Shelter, but mostly thank you Jen for supporting us and helping us and guiding us every step of the way! Where would we be without you.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization really making a difference in the community. I volunteered a few years for them in the shelter, adopted one of the dogs I walked and fostered another.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in March 2014, I saw a beautiful dog online. I somehow knew this was to be our dog. PAWS told us she was an excellent dog, very friendly and good with everyone. She was originally in a kill shelter, but due to her personality, she was put out for adoption. When we went to visit the foster home, we brought our grandkids to make sure the dog was kid friendly. Boy, we were not disappointed! Not only was she kid-friendly, but people and animal-friendly and only wanted to give tons of kisses. Her name was Dinah from North Carolina...just a pure southern belle.

PAWS was very accommodating and wanted a lot of detail about us, the home, etc. Initially, I thought why all this info since our previous pitbull had recently passed away but realized they wanted to ensure the right people for the right dog.

If we ever adopt again (that is if we ever get another dog after Dinah), it will be through PAWS...

Bob and Jean (& Dinah)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS volunteer staff are dedicated and selfless. They are out in the community finding homes for rescues week in, week out. I volunteered as a dog walker for PAWS when they had a shelter home, and adopted from them (a cat I loved for 17 years!), and greet the volunteers still when I see them at a community adoption day. Cynthia Billek never met a cat she didn't like and works nonstop to place rescue cats into loving homes. This group has faced many challenges and never lost sight of the goal of helping animals in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS of Montclair is a wonderful organization. They're very helpful and follow-up with adoptions to make sure everything is good for animal and people. My wife and I have adopted 3 times. Highly recommend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been so pleased with our experiences with PAWS. We've adopted three wonderful companions and fostered as well. PAWS really cares for the animals and works to match them with the right people and best homes for everyone involved. They are so thorough interviewing and providing information, as well as following up after adoption. One of our dogs, who PAWS rescued just in time from a high kill shelter, required several weeks of medical care before going up for adoption. PAWS saves many high risk animals and provides full vetting to all animals in their care. PAWS is a great organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteer with PAWS and have adopted 3 loves from them. PAWS is THE MOST caring animal rescue group, helping animals at-risk and overlooked elsewhere, taking excellent care and doing whatever is necessary to make sure they find the right homes, as well as helping people in the community re-home animals, help ferals, etc. Great organization!

3 justina38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS Is just a great animal rescue group. I can not say enough good things about them. President of PAWS Carole is just a heart warming genuine person who cares about the dogs and cats they rescue. She carefully reads there stories and selects those In MUCH NEED of rescue. She helps those who really need out that do not stand a chance because of there age or looks or possible health issue. I volunteer for PAWS and others but this one gets my full attention with volunteering here because of Carole and all her hard work and time , effort she puts into this rescue. I attached a picture of Hazel one of PAWS Rescue who came into the shelter very abused with broken bone that was never treated by her previous owner. PAWS Took her under there wings.

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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

It’s always a pleasure fostering dogs for Paws. They are great to work with and give the highest level of care for all the dogs rescued. The dogs rescued by Paws are in good hands. They genuinely care about each dog that comes into their rescue. They go the extra mile in every way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of fostering many dogs for PAWS and every experience has been outstanding. They are supportive and caring and make sure every dog is given the highest quality of care at all times. The dogs are so well cared for and they match up each dog with their adopter very carefully. There's never any drama and their level of professionalism is unmatched. Wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These are great people running a great organization. They take such good care of their animals and are so caring and responsive. PAWS is the best!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

...get proper vet care. These animals are cared for until placed in loving homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They pull many dogs from kill shelters, and rescue many pregnant mama cats so they and their kittens

1 Neil D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a PAWS volunteer and I help with the website and other web related tasks. My jobs are easy compared to the Adoption Counselors and organization leaders. Even from behind my computer, I get to see the good work of all these hands on volunteers. They really care about the animals they rescue- and have countless success stories. (Mine was an abandoned cat, named Ming. I saw her on Petfinder and then adopted her from PAWS).

You can count on their experience and support through the entire process, and they will do their best to make sure there's a proper match between pet and family,

I'd highly recommend meeting them a an adoption event so you can see for yourselves!

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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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3 gabibitte

Client Served

Rating: 5

RE: Charlie and Ginger

My husband and I were heartbroken when my black kitty cat, The Pooch, passed away in September of 2012, at the age of 16.

My husband and I had always talked about adopting 2 black kittens from our local animal rescue and shelter, PAWS Montclair.

In October 2012, we were ready to adopt and thought we would find 2 black kittens. We used PAWS Montclair and looked at the pictures of kitties posted on their website. On October 17th, my husband and I drove 20 minutes to Maplewood to pick up brother and sister, "Charley and Harley", 8-week-old kittens from the foster family. They had been with their foster family for just 1 week. Their story is touching. The foster Mommy wrote in her blog, "Welcome to Maplewood, little ones. 4 healthy and beautiful kittens were rescued from being euthanized last week at the eleventh hour. Thanks to the Pilots N Paws Rescue Program, they were flown from NC to NJ for a second chance at life."

They needed us and we needed them. (Even if they weren't black! hehe) We immediately fell in love with them and tweaked their names slightly to Charlie and Ginger.

Charlie and Ginger have a big following on Instagram with over 6,000 followers. https://www.instagram.com/charlieandginger/

The babies turn five this summer and we will have a big pawty for them, like we do every year. We are very grateful to PAWS Montclair.

Tricia Gesner
Montclair, NJ

Pics attached:
Bug hunt
Appeared in In Touch twice: July 29, 2013 and April 14, 2014 issues
Charlie posted in Cats of Instagram in 2013

2 Eileen M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered for PAWS for the past 6 years and have adopted three beloved fur family members. PAWS is a very caring organization that goes the extra miles to properly match animals with the right people and homes. Prospective adopters are thoroughly interviewed and followed up with so that their needs and the animals’ needs are met. PAWS saves many high risk animals and provides full vetting to all animals in their care. Both of our PAWS dogs were rescued from bad situations – one left abandoned in an apartment, and one abandoned outside, causing sever medical issues before landing on death row in a high kill shelter. Our dogs and cat, like all PAWS animals, received full veterinary care PAWS before being put up for adoption.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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2 Deborah44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Clyde The Kitty has it pretty good-a forever home, toys, favorite feline foods and a lot of love from his human and fans, including the PAWS cat whisperer who found him about five years ago, thin, parasite-ridden and hungry wandering city streets. Happily, she introduced me to Clyde and a new tale began. PAWS does great work with purpose and no fanfare. It is a most wonderful nonprofit that does so much good.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS cares a lot about the animals whom they rescue and the people who want to adopt a rescue dog or cat. PAWS staff were so careful about six years ago when I wanted to adopt my late beloved Ginger Kitty, Tang Poohzie. I was thoroughly checked and interviewed to see if Tang and I would be a good match--and for the six years of his life (he was a special needs cat) we were. After Tang died, I was connected with an adorable Ginger Kitty, Clyde, and it is my privilege to share and apartment with this rapidly growing kitten. PAWS does more than place the animal, they follow up and assure that the seemingly good match becomes a growing relationship. PAWS cares.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with PAWS almost 25 years ago because I was impressed with the compassion and care the organization provided the animals who entered its doors. PAWS has been able, with the help of its dedicated board members, volunteers, and supporters, to adapt to the challenges and changes it has faced over the years, and continue its founding mission to help homeless and abandoned animals. We provide the animals the best vet care possible, along with wonderful foster homes and sheltering while we look for the best possible homes for each of our animals. We are very thankful for our supporters and our volunteers. I am proud to be a part of this team, and look forward to our ongoing work in this community and surrounding areas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The adoption coordinators are all caring and compassionate. They work hard to make good adoptions and support them afterwards.

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4

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 sgessler

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with PAWS Animal Shelter. In the 16 years that I've been volunteering, I've seen the most caring people at PAWS. Animals are not judged by their age, looks or breed. Each animal PAWS takes in is given every opportunity to be adopted into a great home. At times, it takes longer to complete an adoption than other shelters, but that is because PAWS doesn't want the animal to come back because it is not the right match. After Angelo crossed over the rainbow bridge in August, 2015, PAWS helped find me Brucie, a wonderful hound mix. Not to replace Angelo, but to give another dog a good home and a chance to have a good life.

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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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3

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.

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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.

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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