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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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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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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!

1 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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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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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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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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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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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.