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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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 shecau

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Paws for 19 years. I continue to do so because of the love and compassion which is given to the cats and dogs in our care. Paws works very hard to find these animals a forever home

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PAWS for almost 20 years. It is a huge part on my life. We cover so many aspects of rescue, not just adoption but helping the community with their companion animals, providing education,vetting needs and just so much more. It's so rewarding to see that providing just a little help can go such a long way. It's great to know that we are still around and available for people to contact us with their rescue and animal needs.

justina38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS , excellent in every manner of rescue. Being a volunteer with PAWS I see other rescue groups at the shelters picking up puppies and young dogs its all good but lets be serious here every rescue wants to scoop up the puppies knowing they are most adoptable and leave the older dogs behind without a chance ever of being adopted and face anesthetization. its heartbreaking, PAWS looks at the dogs that need there help!!! they take the most overlooked dogs that may need medication, seniors or have a health issue. They are an A+ rescue group. . They come to the needs of the dogs that need it most. I can not say enough good things about PAWS.

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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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sgessler

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PAWS since 2001, and was an employee from 2004-2008. PAWS is an outstanding organization. Animals are never judged by their breed, looks or age. PAWS pulls dogs from other shelters that have been there a long time. They are fully vetted and put up for adoption. The adoption form might seem a little long for some people but that's because PAWS wants to match a dog to the people, ie-their family, how long the dog will be left alone, do they have other pets, so it will be a permanent home. The volunteers do cat adoptions on most Saturdays at Petco in Verona, and now that it is warm, at the Farmers Market in Mtc. All events are run by the volunteers. We have a tricky tray/holiday bazaar, Comedy Night, yard sale, Fair in the Square. PAWS runs solely on donations.

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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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Donna P.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my two cats, Bella and Lily from Paws Montclair and would definitely recommend them. They were extremely helpful and made the adoption process very easy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have fostered and adopted from PAWS and they exceed expectations. A great group with a long track record serving the community. Highly recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful dog and cat from PAWS. PAWS had rescued our dog from a neglect situation where the people moved and left our girl behind in an empty apartment. PAWS found her a wonderful foster home and then we adopted her. A perfect match. Our cat is the absolute sweetest. Everyone who meets him comments on his personality. PAWS was very helpful and caring.

Cat R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted cats from this nonprofit, they were informative and take great care of the animals.

Neil D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I adopted my cat Ming from PAWS in Montclair NJ, I have volunteered to assist with their website and other related tasks. At that time they needed the help and I've continued on since.

PAWS has adapted to change over the years, but has continued their core mission with dedication for over 41 years.

The animals in their care get each treated as if they were one of the family. and they stand behind their adoptions for life. Their adoption counselors work with great care to ensure a responsible and well matched placement in a forever home. They are there for post adoption support which is so valuable if you ever need help.

Thanks and keep it up!

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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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1 Rose H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found a friendly, starving stray cat in Newark and wanted to find a home for her. I worked with PAWS, taking her to their adoption events and utilizing heir Petfinder page, and together, we found a great home for her. They helped every step of the way, and now a cat that probably would have died on the streets is a happy, healthy, pampered pet!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Max from PAWS MONTCLAIR. The staff said he was probably about 4 and a probably a Lab and Shepherd mix. We had uncondional love and much fun with him. Ten years later. he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. We still think of the wonderful memories with Max.

2 shecau

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Paws for 19 years. I continue to do so because of the love and compassion which is given to the cats and dogs in our care. Paws works very hard to find these animals a forever home

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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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1 Eileen M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS Montclair is an outstanding organization, made up of caring and responsive people. We have adopted 3 wonderful pets from PAWS.

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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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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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